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The Dangers in Hiring the Wrong Carpet Cleaning Company

Posted on 14 October 2010 by admin

It can be dangerous hiring the wrong carpet cleaning company.  How so?  Consider what happens when you call someone into your home with no background check or no credentials.

Get the right carpet cleaning company

Anyone can start a carpet cleaning business.  Many of the coupons you see for cheap cleaning are “companies” masquerading as businesses.  Believe it or not, many people start a cleaning business because they can’t get hired anywhere else.  There can be low start up cost.  In fact, all you really need is a business license and grocery store rental machine for only a few dollars.

The low prices these companies offer are what attract an unsuspecting homeowner.  Everyone wants to save money, right?  But the homeowner doesn’t realize that carpet cleaning can’t be done for $79 for a whole house.  Think about it.  How much time could a company spend in your home for only $79?  And what type of equipment could they afford?

For professional, quality carpet cleaning equipment, the investment alone can run in the $20,000-$40,000 range easily.  And the companies that invest in this professional equipment would go out of business charging $79 for a whole house.

And what would the caliber of employee be?  If he were making $10 an hour, the company would be spending about $14 an hour after taxes and workman’s compensation.  It would take an average of 20 minutes to drive to your home and 20 minutes to drive to the next job.  Assuming the company spent one hour and 20 minutes cleaning your home, which would be two hours of work at your home at the cost of $28.

And what about the office staff?  Someone had to answer the phone.  There are huge costs associated with advertising, cleaning chemicals, equipment, vehicle usage, insurance, training, etc.  There’s no way it can be done for $79.

What if you have spots return?  Would you like the company to return to take care of those spots?  As you can see, the cheap companies could never afford a return trip since they didn’t make money to begin with.

The big problem with the $79 a whole house companies is they often try to bait and switch you once they are in your home.  The cheap $79 offer is to get their foot in the door.  After that, they up the price often to hundreds of dollars.

The right carpet cleaning company offers to give an exact price either on the phone or in person.  They guarantee their work.  If any spots return, you want to make sure you’re covered.  And above all, the don’t charge too-good-to-be-true prices.

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