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Whether you let out properties, rent your home, or own it, there are certain responsibilities with which you should – or must – adhere. It can seem like cutting corners is a great way to keep costs down. But this can be a false economy for a number of reasons. Spending more on preventitive and proactive maintenance is actually the smart way to avoid big bills in the log run. Here’s some of the factors you might want to consider..
If you’re a tenant
Particularly if you’ve never rented a property in your own right, you might be oblivious to the rules around moving out. The beauty of a rental is that you start out with a clean slate. Literally. Lettings agents and even private landlords will usually employ professionals to make your new place spotless. This takes care of anything that has been left in a poor state by the previous occupants.
It seems wonderful, until it’s your turn to move. You spend an age – and a whole lot of elbow grease – getting everything ship shape. But you still get a bill for something you’ve missed. Or something you’ve not cleaned well enough, like the windows (inside and out). Windows are easily forgotten in the flurry of moving and far harder to clean to a high standard than other surfaces. If the exteriors are difficult to access, or the weather conditions make it tough to see streaks, it makes far more sense to get professional window cleaners in. Chances are the cost will be much less than the subtraction from your deposit will be, if you leave it to the agent or landlord to call someone in after you’ve left.
If you’re a landlord
Most landlords in Edinburgh and Glasgow deal with flats – and flats mean common stairways. These can be the cause of many headaches, especially when you’re not around to take care of your share of the cleaning. Avoid disputes with neighbours and tenants, by using a stair cleaning service.
If you have serviced apartments, airbnbs, festival or short term holiday lets, you’ll need to be on top of every aspect of cleaning and maintenance. Professional cleaning solutions for your windows, patios, driveways, stairs and building exteriors will ensure your property looks immaculate. Higher standards equals considerably higher prices. Especially in Edinburgh in August, when the sky’s the limit.
If you’re a homeowner
Much like a landlord, your home is an investment. When it comes to selling, power washed outdoor areas, sparkling windows and decluttered gutters make a big difference to prospective buyers. They all add to your kerb appeal and asking price. Ongoing window maintenance protects against oxidation and stainage. Prevention is far cheaper than cure – rather extend the life of your current windows than foot the large bill for replacement (not to mention the hassle).
As we’re now into peak moving season for buyers and renters alike, there’s no better time to take stock and take action. What do you need to do today, to prevent costly and time consuming problems tomorrow? Let us help.
Summer has finally arrived after a long, cold winter and it’s time to make the most of your outdoor space, no matter how large or small it may be. It’s great to get outside, cook up a barbecue with friends and family, relax in the sun and enjoy a few drinks. But while we often take a great deal of care over the inside of our homes, the outside can suffer from neglect – particularly during inclement weather. Optimise your al fresco enjoyment by getting your patio, decking, momo-block or paving looking spick and span with professional power washing.
Presenting a Professional Image
If you run a commercial premise, you’ll already know how important it is to present a good image to clients, customers and the general public. Edinburgh and Glasgow do suffer from the inevitable build-up of urban dirt and grime. So keeping the areas around your building can become a ongoing challenge. We can provide a turnkey solution to ensure all your exterior areas look their best, while simultaneously protecting and extending the life of these surfaces.
A Simple Solution
If you’ve just moved into a new property and want to spruce up the exterior, professional power washing is a cost effective way to transform the area. It’s also far quicker and easier than re-paving, painting or decking a space. This is especially useful if you’re not planning to stay long term, or are renting the property and unable to make changes. Or if you’re about to put a property on the market, power washing is the perfect way to impress your potential buyers and increase kerb appeal.
Prevention Not Cure
Not only does power washing improve the look of patios and the like, it also has the major benefit of increasing their longevity. Dirt and ingrained bird droppings can erode surfaces. So cleaning any built up debris, moss, mould and algae from the area is an imperative part of maintenance. Plus we’ll reseal it in the process, adding a barrier shield level of protection. If you have young children or pets, power washing is particularly important. Surface contaminants can contain harmful bacteria which may cause sickness. Err on the side of caution and make sure they can enjoy a clean, safe outdoor environment.
So Many Surfaces, So Big a Benefit
It’s certainly not just your patio that can benefit from our services. As well as the aforementioned monoblock, paving and fencing, power washing can work wonders with much more. Signs, statues, fencing, garage doors, walkways, garden furniture and – if you’re lucky enough to have one – swimming pools will all be transformed in a short space of time. Professional power washing takes the stress and effort out of doing it yourself. The results are significantly better and far more thorough, making it well worth the small outlay.
So rather than ditching the decking or pulling up the patio, let SPM revamp it. You’ll be amazed at the difference professional power washing can make.
Solar panels are a fantastic source of green, renewable and affordable energy, but it can be easy to forget about them once they’ve been installed. Or if you’ve taken over a new property, perhaps no-one has given you any after care advice. Either way, neglect them and it could cost you more money than you’d bargained for, in both the short and the long term.
Not only will solar panel cleaning extend their life, but you’ll see an instant reduction in your bills too, no more so than during the sunnier months. In Scotland the average number of daylight hours rises from just over 7 in midwinter, to around 17 and a 1/2 in midsummer. That’s over 600 more minutes of sun power for your panels. If on the other hand they’re dirty, they simply won’t soak up as much of that light, resulting in less renewable energy and bigger bills.
Depending where your panels are on your property, you may be tempted to have a go yourself – but there’s a couple of significant reasons why it’s better to leave it to the experts. For a start, it’s usually just not safe to attempt it: we have the proper equipment and trained staff who know exactly what they’re doing, enabling safe, swift access to hard to reach roof areas. The second reason it’s better not to simply roll up your sleeves and get scrubbing with the windolene and washing up liquid, is that solar panels need special treatment. We have a pure water cleaning system that clears away dirt thoroughly, but without damaging the panels. Not only does this prolong their lifespan, but it can optimise efficiency by as much as 25%.
This will depend on your location. Some areas are more prone to a build up of dirt than others, but a general rule of thumb is 6-12 months for domestic dwellings, 6 months for commercial or industrial premises, and for city centre buildings gathering greater quantities of urban grime, every 4 months is recommended. Bird droppings can tarnish the surface of the panels, so if you have plenty of feathered visitors, you’ll need to increase your cleans too. March is a good time to arrange a spring clean booking, prior to daylight saving kicking in, as is late Autumn, when fallen leaves can cause obstruction and an extra level of debris – but whatever the time of year, if it’s been an age since you last had them spruced up, don’t delay.
Installing solar panels is a fantastic investment, but cutting corners when it comes to maintenance is false economising, not to mention reducing the positive environmental impact. Contact us today for a free quotation and to benefit from our expert services – because cleaner means greener, as well as more pounds in your pocket.
Winter is back, bringing with it the usual trials and tribulations that are commensurate with this time of year. There’s rain, sleet and snow to contend with, coupled with increased grime kicked up by road gritters, muddy puddles and falling leaves. At the same time though, winter is also one of the most beautiful times of year when the early morning frost and low setting sun, burnished in brilliant oranges and pinks, can be spectacular.
If you’re to appreciate those majestic winter landscapes in all their glory, you’ll want to take measures to ensure your windows stay clean for as long as possible. Here’s how to prevent the winter weather from tarnishing your view.
Heat causes glass to expand whereas cold causes it to contract. There’s a slender chance that using extremely hot water on frozen windows may cause them to crack. Thus, stick to cold water – no matter how chilly your hands.
‘Warmest’ is a relative term in winter, when temperatures often barely rise above zero all day. Nevertheless, try to avoid cleaning windows early in the morning when temperatures are freezing.
It shouldn’t need stated that pavements and driveways can become treacherous in wintertime. Ice isn’t always visible, so be especially cautious when positioning ladders to access first-floor windows. Have someone on the ground to hold the ladder and eliminate the possibility of slippage.
Why would you want to choose an overcast day to clean windows? Because these conditions are when it’s easiest to spot streaks. Using a microfibre cloth is another tip to heed, one which will help you in your quest to avoid leaving streaky windows. There’s nothing more frustrating than stowing the ladder and walking inside the house only to discover that you’ve left glaring streaks all across an upper floor window.
If you don’t fancy getting your extremities cold or are averse of heights, there is another option – call in the experts. At SPM, we work all the year round and while it would be stretching the truth to say the cold never bothers us, we’re accustomed to it at least. Working as we do in Edinburgh and Glasgow, we endure more cold days than warm. Thus, be it in times of hail, sleet or snow, you can count on us to be out there doing the rounds. Those windows aren’t gonna clean themselves.
From the shore of Leith to Kings Know on the other side of the city and from Musselburgh in the east to Kirkliston in the west, Edinburgh is a sprawling metropolis that incorporates 32 council areas and a population of over half a million. For many Edinburgh window cleaners, servicing the city is a full-time job in its own right. While some window cleaning specialists, including SPM, also rove further afield (we cover Glasgow for example), many elect to stick with Scotland’s capital.
If you’re considering hiring a window cleaner, Edinburgh presents no shortage of options. For both domestic and commercial situations, there is a number of companies to choose from, all of whom will doubtless be only too willing to take your business. Before you reach for the phone or click any further, take a moment to peruse the following checklist. If your prospective Edinburgh window cleaner ticks all of these boxes, you can then proceed with complete peace of mind, knowing you’ll be hiring a reputable and capable company.
Quality control simply means that your commercial or domestic window cleaner cares about the performance of its staff and takes steps to ensure their work is up to scratch. This isn’t simply about their ability to buff a pane of glass till every speck of dirt has been vanquished: it also means checking that staff comport themselves in a manner that is befitting of professional tradespeople while on the job. Reputable Edinburgh window cleaners won’t just pay lip service to quality control – it’s something they’ll perform on-site on a regular basis.
While a traditional bucket and ladder will suffice in many situations, not all buildings are suited to such an approach. For high or hard to reach windows, a waterfed pole system will be required or possibly even a scissor lift and hydraulic platform. For commercial window cleaning jobs especially – plus high-rise apartments – such equipment is often the only way to clean windows. You’ll want to ascertain this sort of stuff now to avoid the disappointment of calling out a window cleaner only to learn that they’re unable to service your windows.
While they’re up there, how about getting them to clean your gutters? And what about your solar panels, stone surfaces and timber decking? While some Edinburgh window cleaners focus solely on windows, others offer a complete cleaning and maintenance service. Although you might not require these services on a monthly basis, having a trusted contractor you can call upon once a year to perform general maintenance and cleaning tasks is extremely convenient. Some window cleaning firms also offer stair cleaning, including communal areas, enabling a crew to tick off a range of tasks in a single site visit.
The answer to this question should almost certainly be “Yes” but don’t assume as much – ask them. Local window cleaners should be fully insured against damages and be trained to adhere to window cleaning regulations. After all it’s not just about getting the job done competently: it’s also about getting it done safely. Accredited Edinburgh window cleaners should have public liability insurance and staff should be kitted out with protective equipment and clothing, to protect their own health and safety as well as that of the general public.
If the Edinburgh window cleaning company you’re considering ticks off all of the foregoing boxes, go ahead and get in touch. They’ve clearly got the right skills and qualities for the job. Now all that’s left to negotiate is the price.