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    7 Replies Latest reply on Jul 17, 2010 9:32 AM by wolfcry044

    foreclosure home cleaning

    lilwootaey Newbie
      I want to start my own cleaning business cleaning foreclosure homes. Do you think this will be a good business to invest in or not.
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          MoveForward Scout

          Right now pretend you started your business,
          now you have to market it, who will you be
          talking to? Can't be the homeowner they no
          longer care will it be the Banks, Realtors, who?

          Now that you said to yourself who is your target
          market for business, contact one. Tell them
          (as if you were already set-up) you are "BUSINESS
          NAME" and would like to offer your services for
          cleaning foreclose homes. See what they say.
          If they already have someone, then ask if you can
          send a business card should this ever change.
          Or if they want to talk, meet with them.

          Test the waters before getting in or buying the pool!

          My suggestion to start off with a business card,
          and drop them at every bank, realtor office, etc.
          keep your eye open. Contact Auctioniers.
          Have your pay scale information printed (only a
          handful) when you get the call. And when you
          feel you are ready to jump in then purchase
          until rent what you need, do not buy cleaning
          products in bulk until your ready.

          Cleaning Foreclosure homes is a perfect idea
          for working with the current economy your working
          with the tide instead of alot of us working against
          it or catching us off guard and pulling us in.

          But I would suggest to also keep your company
          name and mindset on growing towards also cleaning
          after events, churches, etc. then when the
          economy is stronger so will you.

          A very wise person told me to Think Smart
          without spending. This is true especially now.
          • Re: foreclosure home cleaning
            ontiversmo Wayfarer
            As with many things in life, the answer to your question is: "It depends".

            What real estate market are you in? What's the rate of foreclosures in your community? Who are your main competitors in that environment? Do you have relationships already built with default processing companies? Keep in mind that the actual mortgage company that filed the notice of default could be 2-5 companies removed from the actual firm that's hired to clean the house. Making contact with the right folks responsible for hiring a cleaning company may be difficult if you don't already have a connection in the business.

            What about your income & expense projections - or business plan? How's that coming along?

            Feel free to contact me for more advice, and tough questions!

            Steve Ontiveros
            Resource Business Partners, Inc.
            • Re: foreclosure home cleaning
              LUCKIEST Guide

              foreclosure home cleaning


              For some, the economic bust is a boo





              thousands of people defaulting on their mortgages, companies that clean
              up foreclosed properties are seeing an increase in their workload. The
              companies, contracted by banks, brokers and local governments, go out
              to clean homes so they look presentable and can be put back on the





              many started as junk cleanup businesses, the economic downturn and the
              ensuing foreclosures created a business opportunity.





              they offer a range of services, including help with evictions, changing
              locks on properties taken over by banks, providing cleanup maid
              services at foreclosed homes, stripping homes of old appliances,
              cutting waist-high grass and clearing garbage from yards, boarding up
              windows and doors if need be, and keeping an eye out for vandals.









              Work peaked about a year ago, but is beginning to plateau.


              Banks are taking longer to foreclose on houses, giving owners various options to remain in their homes.








              work can be difficult and dirty, as some foreclosures
              have rotten food in refrigerators, stray animals
              and graffiti .



              In most cases, banks want the properties to be cleaned to the extent that they can be put back on the market.



              They have to watch the money on this. They don't want it manicured, they just want it presentable,

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              • Re: foreclosure home cleaning
                ajsinc Newbie
                HI i have a janitorial services and i will like to clean foreclosure homes in maryland and washington dc if u know how i can make that happen can u Email
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                  The_bull Newbie
                  I have just started my business Salvatore Realty Management and I do about the same thing you are trying to do with the foreclosures. In my experience so far, and I am located in Ohio, the banks and real estate companies want you to be licensed, bonded, and with workers comp. insurance. The business card is by far the best promotional tool of your business you can use for a start up business. Also, another low cost way of advertising is making flyers of your business and posting them in Hardware stores as well as walmart. I find that Contractors go to both of these locations and are bound to see your flyer. Always remember that education is key when it comes to starting a business. Know your demographic area and your target market.

                  Christopher Scammicca
                  Salvatore Realty Management
                  • Re: foreclosure home cleaning
                    reopro Newbie
                    I started my business cleaning foreclosed homes for both the banks and the reo agents about a year ago. We are very busy, I came across this thread and thought I would give you some links to get more information to get your business started, here are 2 good websites that should help you get going right away:
                    The first site has a training guide that teaches you step by step how to start and run your business and the 2nd website is a huge network of Foreclosure Cleanup Business owners, it's free to join and I would definitely recommend it, many reo agents are on there to get work from.
                    Good luck
                    • Re: foreclosure home cleaning
                      wolfcry044 Newbie
                      Heck, right now would be the best time to do something like that. I don't know about the demand for it when the economy is doing good though.