When you are just getting started in the cleaning business the vast majority of jobs you’ll be hired for will be small. This fact makes choosing a vacuum pretty easy.
Most people just go for a stock model and don’t think much about the choice. But when you get into larger and larger cleaning accounts choosing a vacuum becomes a bigger deal.
This is because a small difference in size of the unit can make huge differences in how much carpet you can vacuum per hour. When I first saw HOW BIG of a difference I was really amazed. I’ll highlight the differences below…
- 12 inch vacuum – About 2,500 square feet per hour.
- 16 inch vacuum – About 4,500 square feet per hour.
- 24 inch vacuum – About 7,500 square feet per hour.
- 30 inch wide area vacuum – About 12,000 square feet per hour.
As you can see from the production estimates above, a vacuum with a slightly larger cleaning path can make quite a difference in how much carpet you can vacuum in a given time frame.
So as you grow the business over the years and bid larger jobs that are more complicated, knowing how to get the job done FASTER will help you give a more budget friendly quote to the customer.
The flip side is you don’t necessary have to pass those savings along to the customer. If you get the job done faster that is money you can put right in your back pocket. You’ll have to decide that on a case by case basis.
The increased production rates aren’t free however as the larger the vacuum, the larger the cost. In some cases a larger vacuum can cost many hundreds more than a smaller sized unit.
When you are new the smaller units will be your best bet because of their lower cost per unit. But as you grow you will probably want to think about the larger models, provided the job supports it.
If I had to take a guess, I would say about 85% of my vacuums were of the smaller variety. The larger ones were specialty models for a specific customer group.
For instance I cleaned a lot of large apartment complexes, and the larger units made a big difference in how fast I was able to get the job done, so I invested in them whenever I could.
So I’ll wrap this up by just reminding you to start factoring in the possible savings you can reap by buying a larger vacuum. After all, if you can get the job done faster you’ll save tons of money on labor, which is your biggest expense in the cleaning business.
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