July 14, 2010
July is a the month of vacations and slow business but we have been blessed with record levels of business this year and thank our clients for their referrals and continued use of our services.
Although July is typically a hot, dusty, dry month, it seem that we got that July weather arrived in June with near record temperatures. July is only slightly less hot but we did get some rain.
Home maintenance in wet or dry weather is important to prevent mold and mildew build up and/or to keep windows cleaned and caulked. Mold or mildew build up can actually damage paint, brick or siding if not cleaned off. Pressure washing with mold and mildew retardents can not only clean the existing mold but also help retard future growth.
One common cause of mold build up can be clogged and dirty gutters. Gutters overflow and soak the home's exterior material; creating a mold friendly environment. Combined with constantly damp eaves, damage can be significant. This often becomes a pay me now or pay me later scenario. If hiring someone to clean gutters seems too expensive, the home damage that can be caused by not cleaning gutters is a much, much bigger expense.
We offer gutter cleaning as part of our business so this blog may seem a little self-serving and to some extent it is but we also see ourselves as providing information to our clients that they might not otherwise have access to. In the future our blog will provide valuable tips and advice for home owners on keeping their "curb appeal" appealing.
July 21, 2010
Finding a Good Window Washer
Washing your own windows can be an unwelcome chore. It can also be dangerous if you have windows that are tall or higher than the ground floor. Using long ladders to access them can be pose a risk to your health. Washing windows is also a time-consuming and tedious task. Without the proper equipment, it can take much longer and not be as high quality as if you went with a window cleaning service. Window cleaning services specialize in safely and effectively cleaning windows. They will have the necessary tools and supplies to complete a quality job. Before hiring one, there are several things to consider.
Many home cleaning companies also offer window washing as an added service. There are also those that specialize strictly in window washing. Either one is acceptable as long as they have the necessary experience. An experienced window washer will ask a variety of questions or take a visual inspection before quoting on the project. Determining cost factors include the type of windows, quantity, size and amount of dirt. Some types of windows will require specialized cleaning and especially dirty windows may require power washing, which can increase the expense.
Choose a window washer who is fully insured and bonded. There is potential for damage if windows are not cleaned properly, so ensure you are covered. Make sure you get an estimate in writing. This should include a detailed description of the work to be done, the cost for the project and time frame for completion. Also be sure they have proper equipment to protect surrounding areas for damage and that they are responsible for thoroughly cleaning up after the job is complete.
Ask friends or family for recommendations. Obtain several quotes before deciding on a company. Make sure the company will provide a free estimate. This is standard but it is wise to verify before incurring any unnecessary costs. Ask for references and follow up on them to ensure they have happy customers. A service that has been in business for a long time is a better option than a newly formed one because they will have a proven track record.
Window washing can be a time consuming, difficult chore. Many people opt to hire a window cleaning service as opposed to doing it themselves. With a good company, you will get a job that shows quality work completed in a timely manner. They will be able to accomplish the job safely and assure you that any damages will be taken care of.