Cleaning Foreclosures: Three of the Top Questions Answered About Starting a Foreclosure Cleaning Business
It's now common knowledge that the economy is in a continual decline and the high unemployment rate isn’t coming down in the near future. The housing market is still very shaky, and the number of foreclosures is still on the rise. With everything else seeming so grim, how can people locate steady and secure work in unsecure times like these? Our suggestion would be to get involved in the foreclosure cleanup business. This is an example of taking advantage of a seemingly dismal situation, and turning it into an opportunity. The entire foreclosure cleaning industry is seeing huge gains, as many vacant foreclosed houses need ongoing cleaning and maintenance.
Below we’ll answer three of the top questions that we are commonly asked across the Internet by people who want to start their own business. Hopefully after reading what we have provided, you’ll find the strength and courage to get out there and start your own business cleaning foreclosures and keeping them maintained.
Question #1 – Where do I get started?
This is a very common question that almost everyone starts off asking. Instead of being so broad, you should try and narrow down exactly what you want to do. Since we’re talking about a business that involves foreclosed properties, let’s talk about a couple things on how to start your own foreclosure cleanup business.
You’re going to need to get your business set up first of all. Register your name with the city, and get all the proper paperwork out of the way. It’s not as hard as it sounds, and there are many resources out there for you to find more information about starting any new business. You’re also going to need a vehicle. We recommend a truck with a flat bed since you will likely be hauling, or towing things behind you. Many of these homes will be full of junk, and will need it to be removed. You have to keep this in mind when thinking about starting any cleaning business.
You’ll also need insurance, and some basic tools. Insurance is important when cleaning and maintaining foreclosures in case anything goes wrong while you’re working on the house. It’s not a great experience to go through, and with some simple and inexpensive insurance you can prevent any of this from happening.
After you are set up, it’s time to create your plan of attack. Most people recommend writing a business plan. I recommend a brief write up, with the focus being on getting your name out there, and trying to get as much work as possible to start learning everything you can. Learning from experience is the best route in my mind.
Question #2 – What to charge?
The way you get jobs is by placing a bid on properties that need cleaning. While this is a benefit, it can also be a curse. You have to be very careful when charging for any job. If you bid too high, you won’t be considered. If you bid too low, you’ll be in over your head, and probably wind up losing money in the long run.
Always make sure you inspect a property before you give out a price. There are many different factors that should play into calculating an accurate quote. Take a look at the overall area, and how big it is. What needs to be done? Will you have to outsource any of the work to plumbers or electricians? What will cost of materials be to you? All of these questions and more must be answered before you give a quote in the foreclosure cleaning industry. With a little bit of information, you can accurately provide a quote that will result in your business landing the job, and you making a profit.
Question #3 – Where do I find my first client?
One of the biggest mistakes almost all new foreclosure cleanup business owners make is lack of knowledge in advertising. You really have to get your name out there so that people can find you. Don’t ever expect people to come looking for you. Take initiative, and get out there. Many of your clients are going to be banks and real estate companies when you’re dealing with foreclosure cleanups. Keep this in mind as you start searching for work in the foreclosure cleaning business
There are many websites that allow foreclosure cleaning companies to advertise, and submit their information into a database that banks look at to contact businesses. Find these websites, and submit your business information. Be sure to create a good reputation for yourself. After you land your first foreclosure cleaning job, you’ll find that all future ones will be a lot easier. You’ll also have some experience behind you, and know how to quickly accomplish anything that needs to be done.
Foreclosurecash - About Author:
Anthony Simonie is the co-founder of www.Foreclosurecash.net which is a nationally-recognized authority providing premium training, tips and resources in the property preservation and foreclosure cleaning business. To learn more, download our free 23–page guide here “Foreclosure Secrets” 7 simple tips to profit from foreclosures.
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