Discussion in 'Lets talk Business!' started by Matt Wood, Mar 4, 2018.
Buy a TCS Chief
So you can still make the payments when they dump you
That’s why I capped the time. I don’t know. I’m still deciding on how I’m gonna write it up
I’d like to be able to sell it quick. A fugly chief will be hard to sell.
As for the dumping...I’ve been with this company for several years now, and they’ve seen me restore carpet that the last guy almos ruined. If I can prevent them from replacement cost...they won’t dump me.
I’m $40higher than the last carpet cleaner.
Yeah but you haven’t bought another TM yet
No uglier than a Butler
I’m trying to get excited, and you seem to be enjoying popping my bubble.
If I buy another tm, it’ll be 3 months from now after I train someone.
DANG! That’s true
You’re depending on help?
You’re an idiot
If this company has enough work for 5days/week at $700-$1k/day, yes I’ll be depending on help.
You, Mark, Mikey,Tom, and a ton of other successful rug suckers are needing help. What’s so different about me putting an employee in empty apartments?
I've seen you mention TCS in several posts. They look similar, simple design to what I run (Accelerated Predator UL) Do they have a good rep for solid performance and reliability?
Very much so
I’m still waiting for the big boss to schedule a meeting with me. I sent a follow up request to the property manager asking if she ever got a response on her request to meet me. She said no.
So I took another stab at it and said “what if my program reduced your carpet replacement by 50%...would that catch her attention?” She said “it caught mine!” So I’m sure I’ll have a meeting soon.
I’ll update you folks on it soon I hope
Hated doing apartments makes you old quick
I never realized that was what happened.
I was afraid to ask.
I have an 86 unit complex that I have that arrangement with. Matt, you've seen my texts pics to you regarding this place. It's a real pain to clean. When I was first starting out I was happy to have it. Now I pray they never call me. The tenants are thankless pigs and they expect service to the nines. Moving furniture, area rugs, and folded laundry. When they start acting like that, I just show up to their doow with my orbot and be done. The complex is currently going through a management change, My hope is the new manager will try and be a hero by finding a cheaper hack to clean for them. I think i've pretty much grown out of the "complex" type cleanings.
I say that while biting my tongue a bit. I've been stupid slow the last couple of weeks, but things are picking up again. This week was a good one.
Then I need to learn from your mistake. What was your average price per apartment? And how many did you do in one day? Did you have an agreement to the manager saying that you would do just the open areas only and no moving of furniture?
The agreement was $125 for a two bedroom, and $90 for a one bedroom. The deal was the tenants got a free cleaning when they signed a new one year lease. The understanding between the management and myself that the cleaning is to cover all open areas. No furniture moving or area rugs. The tenants still try to sneak in additional stuff. "Oh, can you just quickly swipe your wand over this rug?" . "Heck-No!"
That place is also risky to clean. Parking sucks and people in wheelchairs everywhere. The last time I was out there I watched a lady in her motorized chair ram into the back of a pickup. She then reversed and rammed it again. The third time's the charm for her. She backed again and managed to adjust her course and scrape herself down the rear of the truck, leaving a nice racing stripe. I'm always scared to park there.
Usually these units are so packed with crap I can hardly walk around. I have another complex I finally had to tell the management to stop referring me to their tenants. I told them i'll only clean the vacant units.
Get in good with the maint man. Buy him a 12 pack or some cash during a holiday. Be his friend. Listen to him as he gripes about management. He'll get you more work and make you look good to his boss.
Looking good is somewhat of a STRETCH
But I get your point
Jimmy's advise is actually golden: