Going Cheaper May Cost More in the Long Run

December 20, 2016|

Man Pulling out Empty PocketBy Tony Creighton

As a commercial property manager, addressing problems can be a large part of your daily schedule. With issues seemingly flying at you from all directions, why create more stress for yourself by choosing the wrong contractor for exterior cleaning?

Q: How do you go about choosing the wrong contractor? A: Usually, by looking solely at the lowest price, and not taking into consideration all the things that will minimize the risk of headaches.

The right exterior cleaning contractor knows the role of a commercial PM, and has the knowledge and commercial property experience to help solve their problem, making their job easier and hassle free!

The right contractor has the proper equipment and experience to efficiently clean surfaces like concrete sidewalks, siding and windows without causing damage.

Concrete can be scarred and damaged by trying to remove chewing gum or stains with high pressure washing. Instead, the experienced, properly-equipped contractor knows to use hot water, combined with special detergents and a controlled amount of pressure to melt gum and remove grease.

Frequently, an inexperienced contractor tries to clean surfaces by blasting away with a pressure washer, which can permanently damage window seals, scar vinyl siding, or blow water under siding or door jambs. These issues will quickly create a headache for the property manager who now has to deal with fixing those costly problems.

As a commercial PM, getting the required work done, within the allotted budget is always a priority. A knowledgeable PM knows that a professional, experienced, and licensed contractor can be a better solution, even though they may be more expensive than a “deal” found on Craigslist, or from a flimsy sign stapled to a telephone pole.

In the long run, the cheaper option will usually impact the budget – and not in a good way. Just remember, if you think hiring a professional is expensive, try hiring an amateur.

Anthony Creighton is the owner and operator of All-Clean Pressure Washing, as well as its subsidiary, Augusta ProClean. He is committed to providing a high quality exterior clean on homes and businesses for the CSRA, and can be reached at 706-651-8089 or 762-383-5185 or email him at allcleanaugusta@gmail.com

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