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Post by milspec6 on Fri Apr 06, 2018 10:45 pm

I am sitting here looking out at the thermometer in my trucks as the weather turned nasty at the end of the week. It was below freezing all Friday (with snow) and currently 11 degrees with continued cold temperatures forecasted all the way through Monday. Then, starting Tuesday.....sunny and low 70's for the rest of the week!!! Only in Nebraska does such crap happen. Mad

I am pushing the ads hard this weekend in hopes that the 70's spark a good rush of cleanings to be scheduled. Coming out of a deep freeze, those low 70's will feel darn right tropical in comparison. There should be some needed buzz when that happens and with some new chemicals to try out along with some tool changes, I am excited for the first time since October. I just it happens and I don't end up a bust for another week.

Bring on the Sun!
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Post by Freemind1 on Sun Apr 08, 2018 10:31 am

Here's to wishing you success and a full schedule.

We get two days of high 50's low 60's this week. It's getting really close for me. I had one bid a couple of weeks ago, but I knew I would not land that one. They got at least two bids, but so far I don't see the work done. I bet it was more money then they wanted to spend.

Funny thing is, people will go out and make payments on a 300 dollar TV, but act like services should cost beer money. Lol. Everyone seems to be buying on credit, rather than having the money to pay for stuff. Maybe I should offer to finance cleanings? Lol. I'm joking, but I'm sure there is a market for that!

Heck, maybe that's your "in" for your market Rob! Sell them clean on payments! For only 29.99 a month, you'll clean their carpets twice a year. Lol. Very Happy

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Post by milspec6 on Sun Apr 08, 2018 1:45 pm

I was discussing the market last night at a social function. There was piano tuner in attendence who told me that five years ago there was no market for it so he was working full-time in a warehouse, but then it exploded and he can't keep up with the demand now. Carpet cleaning I think is a dying service because people do not entertain at their homes anymore. Hell, most people don't even leave their houses anymore except for work. Unless there are infants or pets at the house, there is no desire to clean for most people.

I think that will be the new approach...mostly commercial while targetting first time parents and pet owners. Everything else is a dead market. I did pick up a duplex that needs cleaned thanks to the piano tuner so the event wasn't a complete waste of time.

Just excited to see that this week brings!!
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Post by milspec6 on Sun Apr 08, 2018 4:20 pm

This was Friday morning....still only 20 degrees out today.

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Post by Matt; My carpet cleaner on Tue Apr 10, 2018 3:10 pm

Why all the hose laying on the ground?

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Post by milspec6 on Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:33 pm

They're scrap hoses that I was using to dump the waste tank last winter. They normally hang up insdie the garage, but I got caught in a heavy snow after one job and they were frozen to the ground from that day onward. I have to clean them up tomorrow with the nice weather and see if they are still serviceable.

Lord knows it is the only thing that I have to clean up right now. I have never seen such a dead start to an April in 12 years. The only thing advertising has done for me is increase my robo callers...I am up to 15 per day now!
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Post by dp1 on Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:29 pm

Damn, that looks scary cold, lol.
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Post by milspec6 on Wed Apr 11, 2018 9:06 am

Mid-70's today....back to the 30's and snow again this weekend. I can't freaking believe it.
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Post by milspec6 on Wed Apr 11, 2018 8:03 pm

A wonderful 76 degrees today with more of the same tomorrow......followed by winter on Friday.

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Post by Matt; My carpet cleaner on Thu Apr 12, 2018 6:38 pm

Holy cow, that sucks.

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Post by dp1 on Fri Apr 13, 2018 7:33 am

Wow Shocked
Well Bob, I have a solution for you sir, buy my company and my van and never have to deal with snow again in your life, how’s that sound ? Laughing
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Post by milspec6 on Fri Apr 13, 2018 10:46 am

Do you take chickens?
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Post by milspec6 on Fri Apr 13, 2018 6:31 pm

Welcome to Spring in the Midwest....

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Post by Mo on Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:30 pm

Nice weather this week but still only two jobs WTF
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Post by milspec6 on Fri Apr 13, 2018 10:49 pm

That's how it was for me too Mo. We had 70's from Tuesday on through Friday and only 2 jobs. Seems like this industry just died.
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Post by Homer Building Maintenanc on Sun Apr 15, 2018 8:16 am

"Carpet cleaning I think is a dying service because people do not entertain at their homes anymore. Hell, most people don't even leave their houses anymore except for work. Unless there are infants or pets at the house, there is no desire to clean for most people."

This is interesting. Maybe we should have a poll to see what the market perceptions are for other cleaners.

The vast majority of my carpet cleaning revenue is from commercial with a few residential move outs or home listings and just two residentials that I can recall over the last 2 years. I might be an outlier though because I do much more window cleaning than carpet cleaning.
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Post by milspec6 on Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:13 am

Until 2 years ago, I was almost 100% commercial so I wasn't aware of the market for residential either. I thought it was just this area, but I am hearing reports all over the country of residential cleaning volume being way down. The only spikes I've seen is for the holidays when there will be entertaining, but that is all.
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Post by Mo on Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:58 pm

I'm 90 percent residential
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Post by milspec6 on Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:09 pm

I spent some time speaking with local business in my area and they are all complaining about how slow things have been so far this year so maybe it isn't just me. That raises the question as to what the issue is since the economy is good, unemployment is low and yet nobody is speding any money.

I did called for an emergency clean which I took. I wasn't a very good ticket, but it was work. I would have turned down the job in the past, but it was more for psychological reasons rather than financial. It just feels so much better to be working.

I do have one small house Wed. and a larger one on Thursday so this week at least did something, but we are still stuck in the upper 40's with more snow forecasted on Wed., so nobody is thinking Spring around here.
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