In today’s “lousy” economy there are many of folks looking to earn an alternative source of income once the unemployment checks stop trickling in. We should give accolades to the go-getter’s and their work ethic, but at the same time it might be a wise decision to ask a few questions before you let any Joe of the street into your home (regardless of the service or product offered). For now we will be directing our questions at a cleaning service, more specifically window cleaning.
1. Liability Insurance
A credible window cleaner should and will have a valid certification of liability insurance. Most residential window cleaners are insured at a minimum of $500,000, and in most cases most insurance companies don’t offer lower limits. It is a great sign to see a window cleaning holding $1,000,000 limits or higher because its shows they are not skimping by with the absolute bare minimum.2. Reliability It can almost be assumed the number one complaint from those who use a window cleaner is the “reliability factor”. Whether you receive an over the phone or on site estimate for your window washing needs, make sure he or she takes time to put you on the schedule and you are not a on a fly-by basis, make sure you can tell they care about you and your home.
3. Safety and Quality of Work
While you are “interviewing” your window clener for the specific job at hand, make sure to ask these questions about safety. The last thing we all want is an injured window cleaner on your property.
- How do you clean the exterior windows? Most will say with an extension ladder or a sectional lad
der. This is a good sign. Also possible ask them how they will manage to deal with uneven landscaping or a really high or hard to access windows. A seasoned window cleaner will be quick to answer. A new yet precautious window cleaner will explain their feelings and should tell you how they feel about the situation. No clean window is worth one’s life.
- What do you use to wash the windows with? Please expect to hear “with a squeegee or a water fed pole”. If you hear any other answers I would hesitate to pay someone to clean my windows. Windex and a rag will work, but will not yield professional results.