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Jackpot06

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I am new to TMF, and I'm looking to get started in the carpet cleaning business. I am looking for a used Chevy or GMC van with a used truck mount installed. I'm wanting to find something that is ready to go. I would prefer the following, but open to what you have..

2005 or newer Chevy or GMC van (long wheel base 155") under 100K miles
ProChem, Sapphire, or Hydro master TM - prefer low hours.
150' vac and solution hose with reels.
Fresh water tank and large waste tank.

If anyone has or knows of someone who is looking to sell there setup, please let me know. I would like to spend between $10K - $20K for a good used setup. I have seen some really nice ones sell for less than $20k and would like to get a nice deal on good used equipment. I am in Las Vegas, NV. so if I can find something in surrounding states that would be ideal.

I am also interested in hearing any advise on equipment or getting started in the carpet cleaning business. I plan to start out with the equipment necessary for cleaning carpets, tile and grout, and upholstery.

-Jason
702-418-8696
 

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I am new to TMF, and I'm looking to get started in the carpet cleaning business. I am looking for a used Chevy or GMC van with a used truck mount installed. I'm wanting to find something that is ready to go. I would prefer the following, but open to what you have..

2005 or newer Chevy or GMC van (long wheel base 155") under 100K miles
ProChem, Sapphire, or Hydro master TM - prefer low hours.
150' vac and solution hose with reels.
Fresh water tank and large waste tank.

If anyone has or knows of someone who is looking to sell there setup, please let me know. I would like to spend between $10K - $20K for a good used setup. I have seen some really nice ones sell for less than $20k and would like to get a nice deal on good used equipment. I am in Las Vegas, NV. so if I can find something in surrounding states that would be ideal.

I am also interested in hearing any advise on equipment or getting started in the carpet cleaning business. I plan to start out with the equipment necessary for cleaning carpets, tile and grout, and upholstery.

-Jason
702-418-8696
Welcome Jason.

Step one to starting successful carpet cleaning business.
Dont worry about the equipment.
Thats the easy part
You got lots and lots to do first

Step 1
Go work for someone for 3-6 mos and figure out 2 things.
1 do you even like carpet cleaning. This business is not for everyone. Cheaper to figure that out before you spend your life savings or go into debt getting a business off the ground.
2. Let someone teach you how to clean carpet. Go soak up the technical details of HOW to clean carpet.

I know what I am saying is NOT sexy.
but neither is the Carpet Cleaning Industry.

Step 2
Once you have learned how to clean then you need to learn how to make your phone ring. (marketing).

Step 3
Once you have figured out the first 2,
Then you will be ready to hunt for some equipment to monetize your new found skill of Carpet Cleaning and Marketing specialist.
 
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Thanks for the advice spazznout.

I don't have the benefit of being able to go work for someone else to learn the in's and outs of carpet cleaning due to having a full time career. I've done research, and will continue to do more, on carpet cleaning procedures, products, equipment, etc.

My plan is to hire a part time tech, who i can train, AFTER I get training of course. In the beginning I will clean carpets myself, (2-3 days/week) until I have enough business to have the tech start working, part time at first. This will most likely be when I have more than 3-4 jobs per week, or i run into scheduling where customers need their services on days I am unavailable.

I know most people start their own business and end up working full time for their business right away, Unfortunately I will be unable to do that at this time, and I will be running the business as more of a manager, rather than the main operator. I would love to hear if anyone else has ran or started their carpet cleaning business this way.
 

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Thanks for the advice spazznout.

I don't have the benefit of being able to go work for someone else to learn the in's and outs of carpet cleaning due to having a full time career. I've done research, and will continue to do more, on carpet cleaning procedures, products, equipment, etc.

My plan is to hire a part time tech, who i can train, AFTER I get training of course. In the beginning I will clean carpets myself, (2-3 days/week) until I have enough business to have the tech start working, part time at first. This will most likely be when I have more than 3-4 jobs per week, or i run into scheduling where customers need their services on days I am unavailable.

I know most people start their own business and end up working full time for their business right away, Unfortunately I will be unable to do that at this time, and I will be running the business as more of a manager, rather than the main operator. I would love to hear if anyone else has ran or started their carpet cleaning business this way.
I know from the outside it looks like you just buy a truck and then you start cleaning and making money$$$$$$$
With you current plan, you have little chance of success if I am being very honest.
Please do NOT buy any equipment yet.

Go work for a company part time for the next 6 months. How are you going to get trained or learn this business if you do NOT. Carpet cleaning is a trade. You learn the trade the best and quickest through apprenticeship.

If you can not afford 3 or 4 days a week part time cleaning for someone else then you really need to question if you have enough time to learn and new industry and run a business.

What is your marketing plan?
How are you going to make your phone ring?
And when it does ring who is going to answer it? Did you know, If you let it go to voicemail 80% plus of caller will NOT leave a voicemail. Those missed calls (opportunities) are marketing money you spend down the drain.

Look, I am not trying to be a downer. Just a realist.
You can do this if you want. But you gotta learn certain skills along the way. If you dont you will fail. I have been on this forum for almost 8 years. My first posts were me launching by business. I had already been in the industry for 4 years.
Now I have 3 crews, a 2500 sq ft shop. 5 star Reviews across the board on all review sites and the BBB.

I have seen too many people with your exact plan come on these boards.
They all say they don't have the time to follow a few simple steps.
6-8 months later their equipment is up for sale at half of what they bought it for.
What are you going to do different to prevent your own failure????

Do a lot of reading and use the search function up top. This forum is an encyclopedia of what to do and what not to do.

Again Welcome to the forum.

Realize, in business, your plan is only good till you get punched in the face. I hope I was a good punch in your face this evening. Now get up and redraw your plan. That is what being a successful owner is all about. Flexibility and getting up off the floor, tweeking or changing the plan and then getting right back into the fight, hitting 2x as hard.


PS I still get punched in the face all the time. It just gets easier over time as you learn how to bob and weave and counterpunch more effectively.
 
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IF you are in or near columbus Ohio, Consider this a formal part time job offer. 14/hr and the skills you need to deliver carpet, upholstery, air duct, dryer vent and tile and grout cleaning. And the most important skill you will learn is how to deliver a true experience. Our goal is to make our customers feel like we have given them a hug before we leave. And it comes out in the hundreds of reviews we have across the web. I will work around your schedule the best I can. Must pass background check.
 
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After almost 40 years in the business, Ive seen people get into the business, do the work until they have too much work and then expand. Most of them fail even though they are working in the business.

Your trying to build a business without working in the business so your chances of success based on that model are, well, not so great.

Not saying it cant be done.

What is your full time job?
 

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I am new to TMF, and I'm looking to get started in the carpet cleaning business. I am looking for a used Chevy or GMC van with a used truck mount installed. I'm wanting to find something that is ready to go. I would prefer the following, but open to what you have..

2005 or newer Chevy or GMC van (long wheel base 155") under 100K miles
ProChem, Sapphire, or Hydro master TM - prefer low hours.
150' vac and solution hose with reels.
Fresh water tank and large waste tank.

If anyone has or knows of someone who is looking to sell there setup, please let me know. I would like to spend between $10K - $20K for a good used setup. I have seen some really nice ones sell for less than $20k and would like to get a nice deal on good used equipment. I am in Las Vegas, NV. so if I can find something in surrounding states that would be ideal.

I am also interested in hearing any advise on equipment or getting started in the carpet cleaning business. I plan to start out with the equipment necessary for cleaning carpets, tile and grout, and upholstery.

-Jason
702-418-8696
Just to give you an idea what would you get if you'd consider my setup. You would have to wait 4-5 weeks, but you're not in hurry, right?
2007 Chevy Express 2500( base), just hit 100 000 miles this week . Truck mount is Relia- Built with a less than 600 hours ( a few months old) with a 65 gal. of fresh water tank
( Prochem over the wheel well tank) and stainless steel 100 gal. waste tank.
23/47 , plenty of power for 300 ' of hoses. You'd get 300' of solution and vacum hoses on reels. Heat is produced by LG heater, Htp, 120 000 Btu, rated up 1300 psi. Included is a chemical rack( all chemistry needed for carpet, upholstery, tile&grout, hardwood floors cleaning, specialty products for removing rust , oil, gum, paint, bio matters, such as blood ,urine, protein stain remover and red strains removers) and chemical injection system for your rinse or detergent ( 5 gal. container). As accessories for your successful business I would include 3 tile& grout spinners( Turbo hydro, Sx-12, both 12") Sx-7 ( countertops or shower stalls)fully functional. For your carpet cleaning needs I would provide 6 jet wand Prochem Titanium Ergo and 2 jet 1.5 " with a titanium head. Both have convenient gun style triggers with a soft touch and removable teflon glides. If you think you want to be more sophisticated cleaner, you'll benefit from CX-15 or/ and Bonzer wand. Prochem , 2 jet wand can be used for a stairs cleaning. For a stairs agitation I can recommend either Oreck Orbiter, or Hot rod spinner, both regularly used by my esteemed fellow cleaners. If you want to enter world of VLM) very low moisture or you would like to lift the fibers and remove pets, human hair, available for you is Brush Pro 20 with almost new set of brushes, blue for carpet, gray for tile&grout. For upholstery cleaning you can choose Prochem with built in bypass, Mytee 8400 DX or Kleen-rite upholstery tool, You can choose 1, 2 or all 3 of them, if you like, I still have some backup tools.
I believe you'd want to present yourself well while entering custumer's house. To assure that you will have 50 pairs of high quality shoes covers( non slip, waterproof)to start with,10 movers grade blankets (72"×84") to protect customer's tile or hardwood flooring and 20 corner guards ( 4 Duk's with a adjustable legs).
To make your performance more efficient I recommend 4 high velocity industrial grade air movers - 2 Phoenix, 2 Powr-flite all 4 lightweight under 20 lbs each.
Instead of making list of everything, I've opted for more
popular form of telling you what each tool can be used for, since you're starting out.
If you're interested, PM me, if you're not , use it as a guideline for equipment made for us and used by us. All of this can be had, but 20 K wouldn't do it.
Good luck and keep @Spazznout words very close to your heart .
 

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Would you like a powerful portable with a 8.4" motors automatic pumpout and direct water feed?
Let me know, please.
 

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I am new to TMF, and I'm looking to get started in the carpet cleaning business. I am looking for a used Chevy or GMC van with a used truck mount installed. I'm wanting to find something that is ready to go. I would prefer the following, but open to what you have..

2005 or newer Chevy or GMC van (long wheel base 155") under 100K miles
ProChem, Sapphire, or Hydro master TM - prefer low hours.
150' vac and solution hose with reels.
Fresh water tank and large waste tank.

If anyone has or knows of someone who is looking to sell there setup, please let me know. I would like to spend between $10K - $20K for a good used setup. I have seen some really nice ones sell for less than $20k and would like to get a nice deal on good used equipment. I am in Las Vegas, NV. so if I can find something in surrounding states that would be ideal.

I am also interested in hearing any advise on equipment or getting started in the carpet cleaning business. I plan to start out with the equipment necessary for cleaning carpets, tile and grout, and upholstery.

-Jason
702-418-8696
Hi jason did u get my text. I may sell gmc and truck mount just posted ad turn key 434 489 489,4560