Choosing a cleaning company for your building/project is an important decision. You want to make sure the company is qualified, responsive and trustworthy. Here are some tips on how to hire and what to require from your cleaning company.
1. Get price quotes from at least three companies.
It’s not always best to hire the cheapest company. Be sure to compare the proposed scope of work and the quality of products used for the job. Do the price quotes include materials, labor and equipment? What will they charge for special requests outside the scope of work? Beware of deals which sound too good to be true, because they just might be!
2. Ask how long they’ve been in business.
Cleaning companies notoriously come and go. They often change their name to reset their reputation, but the company is run by same people. Be sure the cleaning company you choose has established a reputation for quality service in the community.
3. Are they licensed, bonded and insured?
Protect yourself and your property. Make sure your cleaning company is properly licensed for the work they are doing. If they are bonded, you have further assurance that you will not suffer a loss at their hands. And never hire a cleaning company who can’t show you proof of insurance.
4. Ask if they guarantee their work.
Most companies will tell you that your satisfaction is guaranteed, but what do they mean? Will they return your money if you are dissatisfied? Will they return to the jobsite to make it right? Get the scope of work and price in writing before the work is done so you can compare what you were promised with what you received.
5. Ask for a list of references.
A good cleaning company will have a loyal client base. Ask for references who have projects similar to yours. And once references are provided, do your diligence and contact them!
6. Do they offer 24/7 emergency cleaning services?
In case of a flood, fire, icy sidewalk, clogged toilet or other calamity, can you call on your cleaning company for assistance? If your cleaning company can assist you with emergencies it will save you time and money, because they already know and have access to your building/project.
7. Is a customer service representative assigned to your account?
Once some cleaning companies get your business, it’s difficult to get them on the phone. Or you talk to someone different every time you call, and they don’t necessarily know your particular account. Before you hire, ask who will manage your account.
8. Will they track your issues and requests, from inception to resolution?
Ask how the cleaning company will handle your issues or requests. How will you know when the issue is resolved or the request is completed? Make sure they have a clear procedure in place to assess, address and follow up.
9. Can they provide all the cleaning services you need?
When choosing a cleaning company, ask about the full scope of services they offer. Why not hire a company who not only cleans your offices, but can also clean your carpets, floors, and windows? It will save you time when those special cleaning projects arise. And they can probably offer you a better price since they are already in your building.
Janitor Jobs Requiring Union Membership or Licensing
When working as a janitor they can hold a job in a variety of sections in the workplace. They can work in medical hospitals and offices, schools, factories, government building and more. Although most janitor jobs will not require that you have to have a union membership or licensing other than insurance and some type of bonding there are some that will require one or both of these requirements.
When a person works as a janitor they will be an employee of a janitorial service or be self employed. A janitor that cleans office buildings, schools, etc will normally work after the business is closed for the day. To be able to enter the facility to clean they will need a key or some way to get inside the building. This is why they have to be eligible for bonding. The service they are working for will generally provide both insurance and bonding. You will also have to pass a criminal background check in order to be bonded and hired by these janitorial service companies.
If your janitorial job is direct hire, like working in a hospital or school you may be required to some type of licensing or training in different areas of maintenance. For example, if a janitorial job is listed as a maintenance job you may have to have experience or previous training in different areas of this job, such as in electrical work, plumbing, or HVAC. You may also be required to join a union.
Some janitor jobs may fall under labor unions, public employee unions, or service e employee unions so you would be required to have a membership in the union. Each pay period you will have union dues withheld from your paycheck in order to have certain working conditions and benefits that are negotiated by the union on behalf of all members. How much the union dues will be depend on the location and union affiliation. In most public school districts, their janitorial jobs are union positions.
Any special certification or training that will be required is normally listed in the job description. When special licensing is required, you will have current licensing but in some cases, work experience is accepted in place of licensing provided you are qualified and will get your licensing within the time specified. If union membership is required, it may or may not be listed in the job description but you will be told in the interview or pre-employment screening. You should also be provided a copy that list the amount of dues and a copy of the current working contract.
If you are not sure if you need any special licensing or will be required to pay membership dues ask if they are not stated.
Janitor Jobs Requiring Union Membership or Licensing
If you are looking to start up your own part-time business then why not consider office cleaning as a potential route to take. You can do this on a part-time basis around another job since the majority of your work will occur during the evenings, or at weekends. There are very few start-up costs involved and you can get going relatively quickly. Here are some tips on how you should get started.
Before you start looking for clients you will need to get properly licensed. You should get in contact with the Department of business for your state and determine what costs are going to be involved and what steps you need to take in order to obtain a business license. You should also get in touch with insurance agents to find out about insurance coverage that you will need and how much this will cost you.
Once you are fully licensed and insured you can start looking for clients. Start by reaching out to local companies, searching for those who may need cleaning services. Market your services in various different ways, such as by setting up your own business website, and distributing marketing materials around the local area. Flyers, posters, and other local advertising will help you to attract local clients.
Spend some time researching your local competition. Find out exactly how much they are charging for their services to help you develop a better idea of your own pricing structure. Consider offering discounts when you first get started in order to build up your client base. When you do approach your clients consider the size and complexity of the office they want cleaned and provide them with accurate estimates based on this.
You will generally be working after office hours and therefore you can work this as a part-time business around a full-time job until you have built up to provide you with a full-time income. Make sure that you offer very high quality service. Do so, and you will be much more likely to get repeat business from your clients. At the same time, by offering quality services you should find local clients recommending you to their business contacts.
Build up your client list until you have a busy schedule for your office cleaning business. Once you start to build your income, consider hiring additional staff to help you further expand your business.. Transition away from part-time work into a full-time entrepreneur.