In tough economic times, it can be tempting to take advantage of offers by companies who claim they can
A super low price on per room may seem like an offer you simply can’t refuse. But before you pick up the phone, think for a moment about the company’s motivation. A company offering to perform this kind of service for $10 or so per room can usually assume that each full house
But once we take into consideration expenses such as gas, chemicals, employee costs, insurance as well as van and machinery depreciation, that profit shrinks to something in the neighborhood of $20. No company can survive on that small a profit margin and so it leaves you wondering “How do they stay in business?”
The answer is twofold. One the one hand, many companies who engage in this sort of cut-rate pricing often end up tacking on extra costs once they’re in your home. Want special treatment on harder stains? Need them to pre-treat a high traffic area? Want them to guarantee their work and come back if there’s a problem? All of these can easily be claimed as “extra services’ by a company and they charge you for all of them individually, driving up the ultimate cost. Another tactic they use is to cut corners with substandard chemicals or machinery as well as hiring people with less experience who are willing to work for a lower rate.
Once you consider the costs of running a