I am a one man operation. Next year I plan on hiring someone. What is your policy for moving furniture, curtains, blinds, etc in a customers home? I was thinking of having customers open their curtains and raise any blinds before I get there. Some of these houses have so many things in front of the windows. There might be a small bedside table with a lamp, glass vase with flowers and 10 picture frames. Do you have them move any breakables before you get there? I just want to limit the chances of things being broken when I have employees. I appreciate the advice!
I have thought about asking them to move knic-knacs and other obstacles from in front of the windows but haven’t so far. BUT, on places where a LOT of obstacles are I plan to ask the homeowner to move them or there will be a charge for this service. A few things, furniture, whatever I’m good with. It’s the excessive stuff I’m not so keen on.
I just say, “Before we arrive, I ask that you prepare the windows by removing any items from the glass (suction cups) and move anything that is of value to you: picture frames, urns, vases, etc. We can handle the blinds and assist in moving furniture.”
Oh my gosh - there is a house on my route that I avoid like the plague. It looks nice from the outside, but from the front step you can see in the porch and front window - major mess everywhere! I don’t even look at it when in the neighborhood.
I really like the idea of having them move valuable items away from the windows. I don’t mind moving the heavier items like furniture. It is just the items that cannot be replaced make me nervous every time. For example: I have a customer that purchased 2 lamps while on a trip to Italy. That cannot be replaced! I hold those lamps so tight every time I move them. I know I would feel better letting them move it