Five things to look for when choosing a janitorial service

No Contracts Required:

Nobody should be locked into a contract when dealing with their janitorial service provider. The fact is, it is unnecessary. Nearly all of the larger franchises demand that you to sign up for 1 – 5 year contracts that will renew automatically. If you’re unhappy with them and choose to cancel, then you are usually required to give them a written notice, 30 days prior to the anniversary date of your contract. It it’s late for any reason, you get locked in for yet another year.

In order to cancel your contract you have to pay off the remainder of your outstanding balance. This is a real cushy position for the janitorial company, but not so comfortable for the client. You need to find yourself a company who has enough confidence in their work that they don’t feel the need to lock anybody in.

30-Day Money-Back Guarantees:

It always nice knowing you aren’t on the hook should the company you choose turn out to be disappointing. When you have a 30-Day Money-Back Guarantee, then you have the option of canceling if you are dissatisfied.

Offers Good Value:

Being equipped with some basic knowledge of what kind of janitorial companies are available out there can help you get the most value out of the one you select. The smaller companies are the most likely ones to give you a truly competitive rate, because their overhead is less. On the other hand, their resources can be limited, which makes them unable to handle some of the mid-sized to larger facilities.

Many times they are also not bonded and are not insured. Their staffs might not have the same quality of training. Still, on the other side of the coin, the larger franchise companies require that their franchises pay larger fees. The fees are what eat into the profit margins of the smaller offices who have to pay them. They are forced to pay less to their staff or lower the hours they can perform at specific locations.

This will logically lead to the work suffering in quality. So most of the time you’ll end up getting your best value from a company that sits somewhere in between the two extremes.

Taking Care of Their Workers:

Common sense dictates that you don’t want to hire any company who has a staff that is unhappy and unmotivated. Unfortunately, this is the situation you run into with many of the larger franchises. That is because a large part of the profits have to be paid out to their national brand name. There are royalty fees, note payments and interest on those notes, and management fees.

Somebody has to take this hit. It usually winds up being the people doing the actual work. That leads to lower work quality. If they are not bonded and insured then things can go very wrong. Be sure that the janitorial service company you hire is bonded and insured, just in case something does go wrong. It is important, especially in the case of theft, that they have enough liability insurance to cover that.

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