Being a builder I combined my many ‘skills’ (some say hang ups) to help me avoid a lot of problems. I cleaned every new house myself, before the first showing. Cleaning a house from my stand point had a couple goals. First and foremost was to find any problems that were missed on what we call the ‘punch-out’. (2nd was to save the $150-$200, LOL)
Every builder makes a list of things he knows needs to be done before the house is complete. That list over the years has become known as the ‘punch-out list’. Comparing it to the job using time cards, when you finish for the day you ‘Punch-out’ before leaving.
I helped a guy get his contractor’s license once. Later, when he was finishing his first house, he came by to see who I used to clean my new houses. He was shocked when the answer was, “I do it.”
If I cleaned the house personally, I knew what to look for. In vinyl, seams that may not be sealed well, and will ‘turn loose’ in a few days and give the homeowner reason for what we refer to as a ‘call-back’. I checked every inch of floor covering on my hands and knees. My head went under every sink for leaks while both H/C were running. The commodes had to be cleaned therefore a great time to check for a clean flush, seating and leaks. Cracks checked for proper caulking.
I love polished faucets. I want a drain to flow. Also one problem that does occur, is a plumber installing the Hot on the Right. It does happen. Windows that open and close easily, doors smooth and no binds. Door locks that latch. (It is possible for any door to become mis -aligned, that happens, settling, but should be repaired by builder.)
I still like to clean house, kitchens and bathrooms my specialty. Does your vanity drain slow? I always check that. It is a simple fix and takes me normally less than 5 minutes, to reach under the sink, unscrew the nut holding the pop-up lever and pulling the stopper. It is usually filled with hair or soap build up. Only takes a minute to clean it, of course me? I have to take it to another sink and wash it good before reinstalling it.
shows how simple it is. Questions? talk to me!
I just learned something this morning, cheap shampoo (HELPS)dissolves soap scum in the shower and makes it easy to clean.I tried Sherry’s shampoo, I thought I had the expensive stuff so I used only a couple tablespoons of it. later she told me I had used the cheap VO5 stuff. (I thought that VO5 was ‘spensive).
Now don’t you want to invite me over to clean your house!!
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Sign on a Plumber's truck:
"Don't sleep with a drip. Call your plumber."
1939 Studebaker, they built this the year I was born. (That style back door was called the suicide door)