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Post by Homer Building Maintenanc on Sun Mar 20, 2016 8:25 pm

Hello, I recently bought the cleaning company that I worked at the last two years. In addition to a couple of nightly cleaning contracts I have several weekly clients. I also provide on call services for carpets & upholstery, windows and floors.

Most of my working career has been a mixture of public administration, commercial fishing and military service as a reservist. I have been interested in the cleaning business for several years because the range of variable expenses is narrower and more predictable than many other businesses.
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Re: Hello from Homer, Alaska!

Post by Davey Cracker on Sun Mar 20, 2016 8:34 pm

Hey, cool and welcome, Homer......since I didn't see you're name.

I'd love to hear about your com. fishing, and wonder if you ever mined for gold up there?

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Re: Hello from Homer, Alaska!

Post by Homer Building Maintenanc on Sun Mar 20, 2016 10:55 pm

Ah yes, my name is Malcolm Brown. Never did any mining but fished off and on for several decades. Sometimes the money was good but family separation and lots of wear and tear on the body gets old. The overhead is much higher in fishing and so is the risk. I don't have to worry about my cleaning equipment going to the bottom of the ocean.
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Re: Hello from Homer, Alaska!

Post by Davey Cracker on Sun Mar 20, 2016 11:07 pm

Wow, I just looked up Homer and saw.....

50k in population
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7 months out of the year with average minus 0 deg. temps.
Sounds like it could be a ruff place?

Do you use portable or TM equipment?

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Re: Hello from Homer, Alaska!

Post by Homer Building Maintenanc on Mon Mar 21, 2016 7:50 am

Actually Homer has about 10-14,000 people in a 30 mile service area. The minus zero temp must be referring to Celsius, as our temps are constant freeze-melt from late October to early April.

I use portable equipment, not sure when I will have the volume for TM to be cost effective.
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Re: Hello from Homer, Alaska!

Post by Peter Breen on Mon Mar 21, 2016 3:56 pm

Malcolm did you buy Colbys biz.?

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Re: Hello from Homer, Alaska!

Post by Homer Building Maintenanc on Mon Mar 21, 2016 7:35 pm

No, I bought Jesse Classen's business. Who is Colby, does he have some stuff for sale?
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Re: Hello from Homer, Alaska!

Post by Peter Breen on Mon Mar 21, 2016 10:23 pm

Colby just sold his biz. he was from Alaska

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Re: Hello from Homer, Alaska!

Post by milspec6 on Tue Mar 22, 2016 2:29 am

That is awesome sir! How cool is it for a tech to buy out the company after a few years....that is getting it done.

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Re: Hello from Homer, Alaska!

Post by dp1 on Tue Mar 22, 2016 4:42 pm

Malcolm, welcome to the forum Very Happy
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Re: Hello from Homer, Alaska!

Post by Mo on Tue Mar 22, 2016 8:37 pm

Hey Malcom do you have more carpet or hard surface in Alaska?
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Re: Hello from Homer, Alaska!

Post by Homer Building Maintenanc on Sat Apr 16, 2016 12:40 am

@Mo wrote:Hey Malcom do you have more carpet or hard surface in Alaska?
Good question. I asked the local carpet/flooring store manager and he said there is more carpet in our area but the percentages of hard floors are increasing.
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Re: Hello from Homer, Alaska!

Post by Rainbow Rider on Mon Apr 18, 2016 12:55 pm

We now have cleaners from Hawaii to Alaska. Having bicycled in Alaska and Canada a few times (in the summer) I've always maintained if I didn't live in Hawaii I'd choose Alaska. I may be insane however. In 1996 my son and I biked from Anchorage to Seward and took the ferry to Valdez before heading North up the Thompson pass. Gorgeous is the only word that comes to mind. Welcome to the forum. Airborne

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Re: Hello from Homer, Alaska!

Post by Homer Building Maintenanc on Tue Apr 26, 2016 1:23 pm

@Rainbow Rider wrote:We now have cleaners from Hawaii to Alaska. Having bicycled in Alaska and Canada a few times (in the summer) I've always maintained if I didn't live in Hawaii I'd choose Alaska. I may be insane however. In 1996 my son and I biked from Anchorage to Seward and took the ferry to Valdez before heading North up the Thompson pass. Gorgeous is the only word that comes to mind. Welcome to the forum. Airborne

The advantage you would have if you moved to Alaska is that you are already used to exorbitant shipping or the usual "we do not ship to Alaska or Hawaii" Sad  Thank goodness for Amazon Prime.
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Re: Hello from Homer, Alaska!

Post by milspec6 on Tue Apr 26, 2016 1:32 pm

All we need now is someone from Alberta and we have it covered. Very Happy
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Re: Hello from Homer, Alaska!

Post by dp1 on Tue Apr 26, 2016 9:29 pm

@Homer Building Maintenanc wrote:
@Rainbow Rider wrote:We now have cleaners from Hawaii to Alaska. Having bicycled in Alaska and Canada a few times (in the summer) I've always maintained if I didn't live in Hawaii I'd choose Alaska. I may be insane however. In 1996 my son and I biked from Anchorage to Seward and took the ferry to Valdez before heading North up the Thompson pass. Gorgeous is the only word that comes to mind. Welcome to the forum. Airborne

The advantage you would have if you moved to Alaska is that you are already used to exorbitant shipping or the usual "we do not ship to Alaska or Hawaii" Sad  Thank goodness for Amazon Prime.

I'm already used to see all kinds of disclaimer on advertisements "Price higher in Ak and Hi" man I feel for you guys laughing
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Re: Hello from Homer, Alaska!

Post by Homer Building Maintenanc on Sat Dec 10, 2016 12:54 pm

I've had some progress getting weekly full service cleaning accounts. I have acquired three and will get a fourth at the start of next month. I lost one of the three I started with in September because the tenants became DIYers to save on rent.
Window cleaning demand is minimal now so I'm switching my marketing to carpets and floors. Did carpet cleaning at an office last week and got an upsell to clean and polish 92 SF of tile (entry, breakroom and bathroom. My FB ad got me an out of town carpet cleaning job for next Saturday. I also have two small resi CC jobs and an office CC job in a holding pattern.
I did my first marble floor tile restoration/sealing job this week and am looking forward to doing more. I was very apprehensive but I watched lots of Youtube videos and used Lustro Italiano Etch Remover and Black Diamond Granite Plus! Cleaner and Sealer.
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Re: Hello from Homer, Alaska!

Post by milspec6 on Sat Dec 10, 2016 1:58 pm

Sounds like things are going well up there in Alaska....good job!
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Re: Hello from Homer, Alaska!

Post by Matt; My carpet cleaner on Sat Dec 10, 2016 3:04 pm

Love it when things snowball.

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