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!

_______________________

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.

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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!

_______________________

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.

How Often Should I Clean My Windows?

Well… it depends.

I know, not the answer you were looking for but it’s a very personal question and there are many factors to consider…especially personal preference.

Some people want their windows to sparkle – 100% clean and free of any spot, dirt and debris. Always!

Others prefer to wait until they can no longer see through the glass (or maybe they just like it to seem foggy all the time).

Most people fall in between.

Residential Windows

High and Low Residential Windows

Frequency Depends on Preference and Environment

We recommend cleaning your residential windows at least twice per year.  Bi-annual cleaning keeps build-up in check and also allows the window cleaner to inspect your windows frequently enough to identify potential concerns (broken window seals, chipped glass, hard water spots from the sprinklers, etc.) before they become actual issues.

If you live near the ocean or in windy, high-pollen areas you should consider cleaning your windows every 8 weeks or at least quarterly.

Ocean salt build-up is quite corrosive, makes the windows spotty and shortens the lifespan of your windows.

Pollen, beep poop (those little orange/yellowish spots on your car and windows) and other particulates like wildfire debris can be highly acidic and ultimately abrasive.

Cleaning your windows regularly will remove or reduce these corrosive elements and help lengthen the lifespan, and look, of your windows.

Remember: Window Cleaning frequency depends on your personal preference though you should consider your environment’s affect on your windows too.

Commercial Windows

Businesses Need Clean Windows

Sparkling Windows = Good First Impression

Customers pay attention to a business’ appearance and in these economic times, it’s more crucial than ever to send a message of strength, vitality and optimism.

When approaching a business, what do customers see first?  The sign, the windows and the glass door.

Therefore, commercial window cleaning frequency depends on the type business, the budget, and the type of image the business needs to project for their customers.

Restaurants serve food – If the window are dirty, what does that say about the kitchen?  Would you rather shop at a shiny, well-kept store or one with cobwebs, finger prints and dust on the sills?  If your Dentist’s windows are filthy, do you want to “open wide?”

Regularly scheduled cleanings, based upon the type of business, keeps their windows clean, enables proper budgeting and keeps their image appropriate for their customers.

Remember: Businesses only get one chance to make a “first Impression”.  Make it a good one!

So…How often should you clean your windows?

Here are my Recommendations:

Residential Windows: 2 – 4 times per year.
Restaurants: Every 1 or 2 Weeks
Retail Stores (High Traffic): Every 2 or 4 weeks.
Office / Retail Stores (Low Traffic): Every 4 or 8 weeks.
Office Building Lobbies: Every 4 or 8 weeks.
Entire Office Buildings: 1 – 2 times per year

_______________________

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.

9 Points to Consider When Hiring a Window Cleaner

Looking for a Window Cleaner?

Finding window cleaners has never been easier.  A quick Internet search will provide you with plenty of names, numbers and sites.

Every company states they will do a great job, have excellent customer service and have hundreds of satisfied customers…

Does your Window Cleaner Look Professional?

Do they Look Professional?

The hard part is determining which company to actually hire.

Here are 9 points to consider to help you find the right company.

#1 – Does the company appear professional?

If the company or representative appears to be less than professional, more than likely this initial impression is an accurate reflection on the company and the way they do business. Do they wear uniforms? Do they have a professional web site? Professional business cards? A brochure? A professional-looking estimate?

#2 – Do they answer the phone when you call?
Beautiful websites are great, but during business hours you should be able to talk to a live person.  If it’s difficult to reach someone before the service, it will be just as difficult after the service. What happens if there are issues?

#3 – Are they bonded and insured?
This might not seem like an important issue, but it will become painfully important if something bad happens.

Bonding simply means the company has coverage if one of their employees takes something from your home or business.

Insurance covers a couple areas:  a) General liability – they are covered if they damaged something in your home/business, and b) Worker’s Compensation – they are covered if one of their worker’s gets hurt on your property. In most states, if a window cleaner gets hurt on your commercial property and their company doesn’t carry Worker’s Compensation Insurance, your Worker’s Comp insurance may need to cover them. Check your state’s regulations to better understand your liability.

Do they follow OSHA regulations?

Are they Safety Trained?

If the window cleaner is insured and bonded they will be able to easily provide a Certificate of Insurance and Proof of Bonding at your request.

#4 – Are their cleaners trained on safety measures?
Safety should be a window cleaning company’s top priority. Window Cleaners must comply with all OSHA safety standards and should be trained and re-trained regularly on proper safety techniques and use common sense when cleaning windows.

Window Cleaning is inherently dangerous, the company you choose should be able to explain their safety program, in detail, if they even have one.

#5 – Are their cleaners actual employees and do they subject them to background check and/or drug tests?
Some window cleaning companies use “independent contractors” and/or “day laborers” to reduce cost and meet their work loads. Though these workers may perform well, the nature of the relationship with the company is transitory and loose, therefore resulting in the workers sometimes not being held to the same standards a regular employee.

Also, if you are going to let someone into your home or office, don’t you want to know if the person has been checked out?

#6 – Are they the cheapest?  
Yes, money is tight in this economy and balancing budget and service is always tricky.  Unfortunately, the old saying “You get what you pay for” applies here. If they are cheap they may not have the insurance and training described above.  Professional service does have a cost, what corners are being cut to warrant such a low price?

If you suspect the price is low, it’s best to get another estimate or two to determine the “appropriate” price.  You can then make an informed decision and determine what you really are paying for.

#7 – Do they have the right equipment for the job?

Do they have the proper equipment?

Do they have the proper equipment?

You can tell a lot about a service provider by the equipment they use and how they treat their tools.  Do they use professional equipment or a “Do it yourself” kit?  Do they have the necessary ladders and other pieces of equipment to complete the job?  Regarding the equipment they do have, what does it look like?  Is it clean and good working order or worn and “experienced”?

Ask yourself, is a worn squeegee and a dirty towel really going to provide you with the best service?  It’s reasonable to expect they will treat you in the same manner as they treat their tools.

#8 – Do they offer a guarantee?  
If the company doesn’t offer a guarantee, you might consider using another company. It simply comes down to determining if the window cleaner is going to be around to support you if there are issues.  Can they give you an example of when they honored their guarantee?  Are they a one-time service or do they want to build a trusting service relationship?

How the window cleaner answers these questions will clue you in to their intentions and your continued interaction with them.

#9 – Do they have references?
When is name dropping appropriate?  When you are asking a window cleaner about other jobs they’ve done!  Ask the window cleaner if they’ve serviced other local customers, and what they would say about their service.  Also, ask your neighbors if they know of the company or have a recommendation.  Testimonials are important because they provide a level of service expectation.

You can also check out websites like Yelp!, Angie’s List and Google Local, they are also great places to read about companies.  Check out what others have to say.

Ask yourself: If you can’t find recommendations or testimonials on line, your neighbors don’t know them and your window cleaner can’t provide names and stories, do you really want to be the first? What is it worth to you?

Conclusion
Finding a good window cleaner is no different than finding any other service contractor. There are many good ones out there. They can be independent or part of a franchise – just make sure you evaluate them using the items above and you should be fine.

If you aren’t comfortable with the person you talk to and/or they don’t adhere to one or more of the items listed above, keep looking!  There are many window cleaning companies that do.

Good luck with your search!

_______________________

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.

Josh uses a Harness and Lanyard to safely clean windows

Safely Cleaning High Windows

At Fish Window Cleaning – Safety is our #1 Priority

Josh uses a Harness and Lanyard to safely clean windows

Safety brings a smile to everyone's face!

Pictured: Josh Baymon of Fish Window Cleaning uses a harness and two lanyards to safely clean a home in Rancho Palos Verdes.

What a Clear View!

Fish Window Cleaning adheres to all OSHA safety rules and regulations to ensure the safety of our window cleaners and customers.

Fish also conducts weekly safety training meetings to train, review and discuss all aspects of safety, including personal safety, ladder safety, razor usage, pole safety, heat stroke precautions, etc.

Josh uses a Harness and Lanyard to safely clean windows

We get the high windows...so you don't have to!

Quick Tip:

Ask your window cleaner about their safety training and practices.

Most work-related accidents and injuries can be avoided with proper training and adherence to safety guidelines.

It’s best to avoid accidents BEFORE they happen… consider your window cleaner’s safety practices BEFORE you hire them!

Remember:
Safety is everyone’s responsibility!

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 Fish Window Cleaning is a National Franchise with 220+ franchisees located throughout the United States.  FWC corporate headquarters are located in St. Louis, MO.

John Gran and Cynthia Julian own and operate the franchise located in the Los Angeles – South Bay, providing residential and commercial window cleaning, gutter cleaning, chandelier cleaning, pressure washing, and more.

Click Here or Call 310-973-3474 for a Free, on-site written estimate.

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