Include all relevant information on your invoices. Invoices should include more than just the cleaning client’s name and services provided. Include when payment is due, late payment penalties and a contact name and phone number for any questions about the invoice.

water in basement after heavy rain If your home is always in the path of one of those spiraling headaches or you’re tired of picking up shingles out of the yard, check to see if you have Hurricane rated shingles. Your shingles are the first line of defense of a hurricane and when they go it doesn’t take long for the rest to follow. This type of investment of course would be a good one at that. Not only would it help with the structural integrity of your home but is also known to lower your homeowners insurance after switching your roof top. A little research for material preference will let you know different options and prices that are available.

Obtaining Those First Clients The hardest part of starting your own cleaning service is obtaining those first clients. Most clients want to know how long you have been in business and want references. The best thing to do is let clients know that, yes, you are new to the business but that you have thoroughly researched all aspects of the cleaning business and assure them that you know what you are doing and that you are quit capable of cleaning their home to their specifications. Be confident. I can’t stress this enough. Clients love to see confidence. It relieves their worries and lets them know that their home is in good hands.

There is something exhausting about the storm and aftermath; we’re feeling compelled to take naps. By evening, we had a false sense of having been through the worst of it. Unbeknownst to us, the eye of the hurricane was 25 miles off shore of Long Island. As it passed the winds suddenly changed completely- now raging from the west, lifting the waves to incredible heights, sculptured foam fists taking out the 42-foot Chimney Rock below us. The gusts barreling on like a freight train, pounding and whistling all night. At times there was a blinding white-out, reminiscent of Chicago’s Big Blizzards.

It is the same in our industry with carpet cleaning equipment. We tend to get stuck in our ways of habitual thinking by not keeping up with the best new equipment available. Don’t let this happen to you if you are in the carpet cleaning business.

emergency system response I remember getting off the plane at MIA and thinking, “This ain’t so bad”. The rooftops around the airport were still intact. Some shingles appeared to be missing, but the overall appearance didn’t look like what the news had reported.

The National Climactic Data Center published statistics for 2007 that showed property damage from storms at over $7.4 billion. 2008 totals were higher with the Texas hurricanes. I imagine that you do not want to be part of the 2009 storm statistics.

Home insurance companies anywhere in the country will suggest that you take pictures of your possessions. In Florida, it is especially important. Household items can be ruined or even blown away in a destructive storm. Using a video camera makes the process easy.