For Sale: Used Pulex Electric 5-Stage RO/DI Cart w/Hose Reel

IMG_1139Retail Price:  $5,436  
Selling for:  $2,750

One of my local competitors (non-Fish) went out of business and to help him out, I purchased his vehicle and equipment. The majority of the items we could not use, but we did work in a few pieces of equipment, and were able to sell the vehicle and trailer.

One of the remaining items is this heavy duty, Pulex 5-stage water filtration unit, with about 9,000 gallons usage and an electric (not-battery) pump. We already have two smaller water filtration units and we also stay away from the electric versions – this piece of equipment simply just does not fit our business model.

Product Description
Electric Powered 5 Stage RO/DI Cart w/Hose Reel, 166 ft Hose, (TDS Meter is broken)

The Ultra Pure RODI – Reverse Osmosis Deionizing system offers the absolute purest water (zero TDS) a system can provide for the highest quality and fastest cleaning available.  (Product Description taken from J.Racenstein’s website)

  • 5-stage pure water filtration
  • Lowest cost pure water available
  • Tank-less system provides enough pure water for:
    • Two-pole cleaning with electric
  • Two wheel cart with 10″ pneumatic ball bearing wheels allows for easy movement on any terrain
  • Includes hose real with 166′ (50 meters) hose
  • This is the electric version, with power cord.

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If you are interested in purchasing this system from me, please email me at JGran@FishWindowCleaning.com, call my office at 310-973-3474 or leave a comment below.

I’m based in Los Angeles, CA and I’m willing to deliver within Southern California.

Thank you!

John.

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About the Author

John Gran & Cynthia Julian

John Gran & Cynthia Julian

John Gran (@FishSouthBay) is an entrepreneur and former marketing and product development executive who has grown his successful Fish Window Cleaning franchise in the Los Angeles – South Bay area to become a leading professional in window cleaning services for business owners and home owners.

With his popular blog A Clear View Through Clean Windows, John shares his window cleaning expertise by addressing topics and answering questions that customers continually ask him during his day.  He also uses window cleaning pictures, inspirations and stories about his business to demonstrate the fundamentals for building a strong, healthy, thriving business.

John lives & works with his wife Cynthia in Redondo Beach, CA (she runs the business too!)

If you have a question or would like window cleaning services click Here or Call 310-973-3474 for a Free, on-site written estimate.

Selling Your Home? Clean Your Windows!

Selling Your Home? What to do…paint? Update the kitchen or bathroom?

First, clean your windows!

Finding the Right Agent is Very Important

Step #1: Find the Right Agent!

Ok, the actual first thing to do is to find the right Real Estate Agent.

We work closely with hundreds of wonderful agents and brokers and they each have different personalities, specialties and capabilities.  The key is to find the right agent that you “click” with, and who instills confidence that they can – and will – sell your home fast and for top dollar!

One thing that every agent agrees on:

Your need to prepare your home for sale.

Preparing Your Home For Sale

In most cases, your agent will offer suggestions to prepare, or “stage” your home to be more inviting for prospective buyers.  It’s pretty simple: Buyers need to see themselves living in your home.  You need to make it as easy as possible for them to do so, given your home is filled with your furniture, personal belongings and style choices.

Your agent may also suggest working with a professional home staging company to maximize your home’s value.  We also work with dozens of professional staging companies and they really know what’s required to increase the “curb appeal” and value of your home.  Most staging companies offer a reasonably priced “initial assessment”.  Ask your agent if they can recommend one.

Top three priorities for preparing you home: M. B. Lynch, REMAX Realtor

  1. Window Cleaning
  2. Carpet Cleaning
  3. Maid Services

Keep in mind: The moment a prospective buyer pulls up to your home, they’ll notice the windows first.

First impressions matter…What does yours say?

Top 5 Reasons Clean Windows Are Important

Preparing your home for sale can be daunting.

My advise: focus on issues that give the “most bang for your buck“.

Clean your windows.Feng Shui

And the Experts agree.  Here are their top 5 reasons:

Reason #5 –  “A bright, alive atmosphere is encouraged in Feng Shui and the home’s windows are an important aspect of this. Large, clean windows are important. They allow pure, bright light to flood the living areas in the home, bringing good energy… Clean windows and natural sunshine are important ingredients to a healthy, happy home.” – FENG SHUI

Reason #4 –  “ More than 75% of people who first view property on the internet will drive by BEFORE contacting an agent.” – CHRISTINE RAE, AUTHOR, HOMESTAGING FOR DUMMIES

Reason #3 – ” Curb appeal sells 49% of all houses.” – NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS

Money ManazineReason #2 – “ A good first appearance of a home can add 5% to 10% to the value of the home.” – JOHN AUST, PRESIDENT, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REAL ESTATE APPRAISERS

Reason #1 – “According to 2000 real estate agents surveyed, the number one improvement that generates the best return on investment is window cleaning, and the ROI on window cleaning alone was determined to be 768%” – MONEY MAGAZINE

Clean Windows Make You Smile

My wife Cynthia and I have spoken with hundreds of our customers and they’ve taught us an important lesson: Sparkling windows brighten your day.  

Even if you are not selling your home, take a moment to clean your windows.

Then, take a deep breath, have a look and you’ll then see that A Clear View Through Clean Windows will definitely make you smile!

Have a great weekend!

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About the Author

John Gran & Cynthia Julian

John Gran (@FishSouthBay) is an entrepreneur and former marketing and product development executive who has grown his successful Fish Window Cleaning franchise in the Los Angeles – South Bay area to become a leading professional in window cleaning services for business owners and home owners.

With his popular blog A Clear View Through Clean Windows, John shares his window cleaning expertise by addressing topics and answering questions that customers continually ask him during his day.  He also uses window cleaning pictures, inspirations and stories about his business to demonstrate the fundamentals for building a strong, healthy, thriving business.

John lives & works with his wife Cynthia in Redondo Beach, CA (she runs the business too!)

If you have a question or would like window cleaning services click Here or Call 310-973-3474 for a Free, on-site written estimate.

Work for Someone Else? Work for Yourself?

Finding Your Own Path

Understanding yourself and the life choices you’ve made enables you to clearly see and choose the path that lies ahead.

Owning a business is not for everyone.

We each need to find our own path in our business and personal lives.  I’m going to stay away from the “personal life” side, except where it intersects with how you function in your “business life”.

Work for Company? Work For Yourself?

Work for Company? Work For Yourself?

The way I see it, in business there are two distinct paths, and the one you choose is personal.

Let’s start with the fact that we are all our own, personal company – a “Company of One.”  As individuals, we all have skills and time, and we choose where to use them.

Being a homemaker, getting a job, starting a business – these are all personal choices we make based upon our free will and circumstances.

You may combine your resources with a spouse, friends and family, but ultimately you choose your own path.  You make the decisions.

The “Company of One” is you.

When you choose to accept money for your time, the paths are:

Path #1:  Work for Someone Else: Perform tasks, get paid. Lower Risk, Measured Rewards

Path #2:  Work for Yourself: Perform tasks, earn money.  Higher Risk, Variable Rewards

The choice your “Company of One” makes is how much risk you are willing to assume. It’s a very personal decision and there’s only one right choice.

Yours.

I’m continually asked, “Why did you purchase a Window Cleaning Franchise when you could have built one on your own?”

The answer:  Because it is the right choice for me.

Becoming An Entrepreneur 

Anyone who knows me will tell you that I’ve been an entrepreneur all my life.

In fact, I come from a family of entrepreneurs though they’ve never really called themselves such.

My mom opened a cake decorating store, my sister started her own architectural firm and my Dad joined his fellow PHD graduates and started a prominent scientific research firm.

I even married an entrepreneur.  My wife Cynthia is a musician and actress and it’s called show “business” for a reason.  You are your own company and definitely your own boss.

Though as a child I sold lemonade and mowed lawns, I became a entrepreneur during my first “real” job in my senior year at college.

The Secret Key to Success

Working for a small computer consulting firm, the owner told me the following story that changed my life forever.

What is Success?

What is Success?

An enterprising young man is working for a large corporation and he really wants to know what success is and how to achieve it.

He works late every day and one day around 7pm he sees the company’s Founder/CEO walking down the hall.  With some nerve and a good amount of naivete, he approaches this successful man and says, “good evening, sir.  My name Mark and I’ve been working for this company for two years.  I admire you and I would really like to know what success looks like, and how I can achieve it.”

The CEO looks at his watch, sees they are the only two still in the office, and realizes this kid is giving his all to this company.

“OK”, the CEO says.  “Meet me tomorrow evening at 7pm, on this building’s helicopter pad.”

The next day, Mark wears his best suit, puts in a full day and at 6:50pm walks onto the roof.  At 7pm sharp, the CEO arrives, they board the helicopter and take off.

The CEO pulls out the Wall Street Journal while Mark looks out and reads the CEO’s name on the building.  He looks at the city below and just smiles.  Yes, this is success.

They land 20 minutes later in a grassy area and get out of the helicopter.

Mark is very excited and the CEO begins to speak.  “Mark, imagine up on that hill a large ranch-style home with swimming pools, tennis courts and horse stables.  In this area, there’s a gated community and we are standing on the private golf course.”

Marks is awed and very impressed.  “Yes, yes.  These are all examples that demonstrate a successful life.  How does one achieve these?”

The CEO answers.

How do you define Success?

How do you define Success?

“Work hard every day, listen to your manager and exceed at your assignments.  Focus on moving up in the company and take on more responsibility.”

“Yes, Yes.”  Mark is soaking in every morsel of this wisdom.

“Motivate and inspire your fellow workers to also work hard and contribute to the company.”

“OK, I can do this!” Mark says with a smile.

“Find ways to innovate and grow this company and make it great.”

Mark nods and waits with baited breath, listening for the secret key to success…

The CEO points to the imaginary house, pools and golf course and concludes:

“Give everything you have to this company, and one day… all of this will be mine.

I was changed. 

The CEO (and my boss who told me this story) had clearly demonstrated his own Risk vs. Reward relationship.  He started and owned a business and pointed to his Path – Path #2: Work For Yourself.  

There are many secret keys to success, just as there are many paths to success.  This one resonated with me.

Path #2 had worked for them and it could work for me too.

I worked with this computer consulting firm until graduation then joined the working world with a new focus – Being an Entrepreneur.

Do you have a similar story that changed your life?  Please share in the comments below.

Next week I’ll answer why my wife and I chose a franchise and share with you our thought process.

Thank you for reading and have a great weekend! 

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About the Author

John Gran & Cynthia Julian

John Gran & Cynthia Julian

John Gran (@FishSouthBay) is an entrepreneur and former marketing and product development executive who has grown his successful Fish Window Cleaning franchise in the Los Angeles – South Bay area to become a leading professional in window cleaning services for business owners and home owners.

With his popular blog A Clear View Through Clean Windows, John shares his window cleaning expertise by addressing topics and answering questions that customers continually ask him during his day.  He also uses window cleaning pictures, inspirations and stories about his business to demonstrate the fundamentals for building a strong, healthy, thriving business.

John lives & works with his wife Cynthia in Redondo Beach, CA (she runs the business too!)

If you have a question or would like window cleaning services click Here or Call 310-973-3474 for a Free, on-site written estimate.

Tasha - Rancho Palos Verdes

Cats Love Clean Windows!

Our controversial findings that our furry feline friends love clean windows!

Jake and Friends - Los Angeles

Jake and Friends – Los Angeles

Wow, a number of you have requested a re-post of our in-depth research.  

What?  There aren’t enough controversial topics to discuss?   

Well, I’m all about giving the public what they want.

So here goes…

Through exhaustive research, we have found that Cats Love Clean Windows!

The “Name That Pet” Game 

John & Billy The Cat - Manhattan Beach

John meets Billy The Cat – Manhattan Beach

One of the funnest parts of owning a window cleaning business is meeting many wonderful people each day, and also their pets.

As my wife Cynthia says, “the windows don’t come to us” so we spend every afternoon driving into neighborhoods, meeting customers and writing residential window cleaning estimates.

While doing estimates, we are usually greeted by a dog or cat and we always ask to be introduced.

That’s when the fun starts.

I get to play a quick, personal game of “Name That Pet

My wife and I have been together for 10 years, and very early on we developed a little game called “Name That Pet“.

Mr. Peabody - Torrance

Mr. Peabody – Torrance

It’s very simple, here’s how to play:

  1. Observe – The next time you see a pet and their person, take a moment to watch the pet and get a sense of their personality.   Male of  Female? How do they carry themselves and interact with their person and the environment?  What is their personality?
  2. Associate – Now that you’ve got an idea about the pet, associate a name.  If the dog is very confident, you might choose “Duke”, “Chief” or “Champ”.  If the cat is spunky, you might think “Charlie”, “Tommy” or “Miss Binky”.  (It’s much tougher than you think.)
  3. Inquire – Take a moment to talk with the owner, inquire about the pet’s name, and get introduced.   People love talking about their pets and we’ve heard some great stories.  Also, quite often when playing in public, I’ll remember the pet’s name but I’ve forgotten the owner’s.  Funny how it works.
Buddy - Hermosa Beach

Buddy – Hermosa Beach

Were you correct?  Were you even close?

I’ve been playing the “Name That Pet” game for 10 years, and I have yet to get one correct though I’ve been close on two occasions.

Sometimes I let the owner know the name I picked, but most of the time I just smile and the owner (and the pet) have no idea I was playing my game.

The best part is coming home and sharing my “game” and pictures with Cynthia during happy hour. (She hasn’t guessed one yet, either!)

So, the next time you are out, try playing the “Name That Pet” game.

If you guess the name… well, that’s just beginner’s luck!  If you don’t, at least you met someone new and made a new furry friend.

Not a bad way to “stop and smell the roses.”  

We Meet A Lot of Cats

Bosley - Redondo Beach

Bosley is very demanding – Redondo Beach

There’s truth to the saying, “Dogs have owners, Cats have staff“.

Through our window cleaning business, I probably meet about 15 – 20 dogs & cats per week, or well over 750 fur pals per year.

I meet more dogs than cats, but I attribute this to greeting styles and general personalities.  Let’s just say I “see” a lot more cats than I get to meet.

With dogs, the tail wags and they are glad to meet me.  They say, “he smells good, my owners are happy and he just might have something to throw…yippee!”

On the other hand, with most cats I get a “colder” reception and I can almost hear them say, “great, the window guy is here to clean MY window.  Let’s get to it man!”

Pet Pictures On FB = New Business!

Mr. Kitty - Manhattan Beach

Facebook Star: Mr. Kitty – Manhattan Beach

Check us out on FacebookHowever we are greeted by the dog or cat, once we are introduced we love to take pet pictures and post them on our company’s Facebook Page.

Many of our customers check them out online and we’ve even had family members from Minnesota check out “Mr. Kitty” on our Facebook page, then call their local Fish Office to schedule a window cleaning.

I guess Social Media works!

Please take a moment to “Like” our Facebook page and post your pet’s photo too – we’d love to meet them.  

Our Findings: Cats Love Clean Windows

This Cat Wants Clean Windows

This Cat Wants Clean Windows

Here’s what our extensive research shows and the conclusion we’ve drawn:

Over the last couple of years, I’ve seen many cats in windows, but only one dog in one.

Cats are generally pretty clean and like to stay that way.

Therefore, I believe that cats like to sit in clean windows more than dirty windows.

Hence, Cats love clean windows.

Tough Guy Raja Loves Clean Windows

Tough Guy Raja Loves Clean Windows

What are your thoughts on this controversial finding? Please leave a comment.

Anyway, I thought I would share some of the cat pictures we’ve taken over the last couple of months.

Meeting these pets makes us smile and brightens our day.  Hopefully these pictures brighten yours too.

Thanks for reading and have a great week! 

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About the Author

John Gran & Cynthia Julian

John Gran & Cynthia Julian

John Gran (@FishSouthBay) is an entrepreneur and former marketing and product development executive who has grown his successful Fish Window Cleaning franchise in the Los Angeles – South Bay area to become a leading professional in window cleaning services for business owners and home owners.

With his popular blog A Clear View Through Clean Windows, John shares his window cleaning expertise by addressing topics and answering questions that customers continually ask him during his day.  He also uses window cleaning pictures, inspirations and stories about his business to demonstrate the fundamentals for building a strong, healthy, thriving business.

John lives & works with his wife Cynthia in Redondo Beach, CA (she runs the business too!)

If you have a question or would like window cleaning services click Here or Call 310-973-3474 for a Free, on-site written estimate.

OSHA Recordkeeping and Reporting: A Quick Review

OSHA recordkeeping and reporting requirements appear straightforward, but the devil is in the details.

Now Returning to Our Regularly Scheduled Program…

John in Official 'Fish Red', White and Blue

John is NOT wearing an Official Fish Uniform

Happy July Everyone!

I hope you are all enjoying your summer.  We at Fish Window Cleaning – Los Angeles South Bay are having a terrific one!

Simply put: The weather gets hot and people want clean windows!

Summer is our busiest time of year and our expanding window cleaning team is doing a great job meeting our customers’ needs.

The Window Cleaning business is booming and we are set to break our production record this summer as we clean commercial and residential windows through Labor Day.

A new record is a good reason to miss a few posts, don’t you think?  Go Fish!   

Personal Best

Our Best Summer So Far!

Our busy schedule has consumed my time but I’m now back to my regular schedule and I will continue to write & post every week.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this year’s articles so far.  I’ve just completed my Q3/Q4 Blog Post calendar, there are so many exciting topics to cover!

Please let me know if there are any topics you’d like to see, I’m happy to fit them in the schedule.

Anyway, I’m back at it.

Thank you for your feedback & support!

This Week’s Topic: OSHA Regulations

The #1 topic that I post on “A Clear View Through Clean Windows” is OSHA related.  These posts are generally targeted for those running a window cleaning business or something similar, the #2 topic is safety (something we all relate to).  We must give the public what they want!

Look for more articles on both topics!

Tom Patton - Risk Manager, BBSI

Tom Patton, BBSI

So, let’s get back to it… Here’s a quick reminder of the main OSHA recordkeeping and reporting requirements.

Please let me know if you find this information useful.

Safety is a serious topic and our company, Fish Window Cleaning, adheres to all OSHA regulations.

Today’s OSHA related information is provided by our company’s Risk Manager, Tom Patton.

Tom works for Barrett Business Services, Inc. (BBSI), our Professional Employer Organization (PEO), and helps make sure we receive up-to-date  safety techniques and information, and he monitors us regularly to make sure we follow our safety training program and conform to all OSHA safety regulations.

OSHA Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements

The OSHA recordkeeping standard requires you to keep records of occupational deaths, injuries and illnesses, and make reports to OSHA and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Small employers (10 or fewer workers) and employers in certain retail, service, finance, real estate or insurance industries are not required to keep these records. However, they must report any occupational fatalities or catastrophes that occur in their workplaces to OSHA, and they must participate in government surveys if they are asked to do so.

OSHA Forms

Cal-OSHA Website

Cal-OSHA Website

The regulations require you to complete three forms:

  • OSHA 300 Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses,
  • OSHA 301 Injury and Illness Incident Report
  • OSHA 300A Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses (annual)

The 300 log must include injuries and illnesses to employees on your payroll as well as to other employees you supervise on a day-to-day basis, such as temporary workers or contractor employees who are subject to daily supervision by your organization.

Work-Related Injuries

Section 1904.5(a) states that “[the employer] must consider an injury or illness to be work-related if an event or exposure in the work environment either caused or contributed to the resulting condition. Work-relatedness is presumed for injuries and illnesses resulting from events or exposures occurring in the work environment….”

Note that the work event or exposure need only be one of the discernible causes of the injury or illness. It doesn’t have to be the sole or predominant cause.

Reporting Work-Related Injuries

Reporting Work-Related Injuries

Section 1904.5(b)(3) says that if it is not obvious whether the precipitating event or exposure occurred in the work environment or elsewhere, you “must evaluate the employee’s work duties and environment to decide whether or not one or more events or exposures in the work environment caused or contributed to the resulting condition or significantly aggravated a pre-existing condition.”

If you decide the case is not work-related, and OSHA subsequently issues a citation for failure to record, OSHA—not you—would have the burden of proving that the injury or illness was work-related.

Recording New Cases

Only new cases are record-able. Work-related injuries and illnesses are considered to be new cases when the employee has never reported similar signs or symptoms before, or when the employee has recovered completely from a previous injury or illness and workplace events or exposures have caused the signs or symptoms to reappear.

Recording Restricted Work

When an injury or illness involves restricted work or job transfer but does not involve death or days away from work, you must record the injury or illness on the OSHA 300 Log by placing a check mark in the space for job transfer or restriction and an entry of the number of restricted or transferred days in the restricted workdays column.

However, you don’t have to record a case where, for example, the employee only experiences minor musculoskeletal discomfort and the doctor says he’s fit to work, but assigns a work restriction to that employee for the purpose of preventing a more serious condition from developing.

Getting Back to Work is Very Important

Getting Back to Work is Very Important

An employee’s work is considered “restricted” when, as a result of a work-related injury or illness:

  • You keep the employee from performing one or more of the routine functions of his or her job (job functions that the employee regularly performs at least once per week), or from working the full workday that he or she would otherwise have been scheduled to work; or
  • A physician or other licensed health care professional recommends that the employee not perform one or more of the routine functions of his or her job, or not work the full workday that he or she would otherwise have been scheduled to worked.

For recordkeeping purposes, an employee’s routine functions are those work activities the employee regularly performs at least once per week.

A recommended work restriction is recordable only if it affects one or more of the employee’s routine job functions. To determine whether this is the case, you must evaluate the restriction in light of the routine functions of the injured or ill employee’s job.

A partial day of work is recorded as a day of job transfer or restriction for recordkeeping purposes, except for the day on which the injury occurred or the illness began.

Count days of job transfer or restriction in the same way you count days away from work. The only difference is that, if you permanently assign the injured or ill employee to a job modified or permanently changed to eliminate the routine functions the employee was restricted from performing, you may stop the day count when the modification or change is permanent. You must count at least 1-day of restricted work or job transfer for such cases.

I hope you found this article “OSHA Recordkeeping and Reporting: Quick Review” helpful.

Remember: Complying with OSHA regulations is important and it’s the Law!

Be Safe Everyone!

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About the Author

John Gran & Cynthia Julian

John and Cynthia

John Gran (@FishSouthBay) is an entrepreneur and former marketing and product development executive who has grown his successful Fish Window Cleaning franchise in the Los Angeles – South Bay area to become a leading professional in window cleaning services for business owners and home owners.

With his popular blog A Clear View Through Clean Windows, John shares his window cleaning expertise by addressing topics and answering questions that customers continually ask him during his day.  He also uses window cleaning pictures, inspirations and stories about his business to demonstrate the fundamentals for building a strong, healthy, thriving business.

John lives & works with his wife Cynthia in Redondo Beach, CA (she runs the business too!)

If you have a question or would like window cleaning services click Here or Call 310-973-3474 for a Free, on-site written estimate.