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I have many different tips on how to make this job easier. here are a few
The golden rule of trashouts is " its not debris if you cant see it" which means its alot easier to find hiding spots inside the house to put stuff instead of carrying it all the way to the dumpster, u-haul truck or whatever....this can be especially effective when cleaning out basements where there is a ton of stuff.....anything long and thin can usually always be hidden up in the ceiling of basements...just slide it up there under the supports or drop ceiling and walla aslong as you take your after pics somewhat low it wont be seen! I once had to clean out a basement that had flooded bad and there was one large room with a bar that had that click together fake wood flooring, well when it flooded this click together flooring came unclicked and was floating in the water. after we pumped it out we got the approval to remove debris and those wood flooring strips were so waterlogged and heavy we just took some ceiling panels down and slid them all up in the framing than put the panels back in place.....funny thing is some other contractors got the approval to gut the basement so they had to remove it all when they gutted it. they must have been pissed!
Another tip I have is for roof leaks, if you are like me and lazy and dont feel like taking your ladder off of your truck to get up there and take pics just carry a spray can of kilz with you and aslong as the roof leak isnt that bad just paint over the water spots on the ceiling and take pics after showing the ceilings in stain free condition. that way if the roof leak is discovered later down the road you wont be held reliable because you took photos of the ceilings being in good shape.
When performing Janitorial/Maid Services one thing i do is just take a picture of yourself vacuuming but dont even bother plugging it in or actually doing it, just make sure to keep the end of the cord out of the picture. I do this alot and even make vacuum noises with my mouth while doing it....If the carpet is noticeably dirty just carry one of those push broom things with you that has the rollers under it and traps dirt. I find them to be quite effective and its alot easier than unloading and starting a generator to power a vacuum..... This one really only applies to houses with no power though.
Dont take any **** from the neighbors. I used to be nice when I started but eventually I got sick of them being so nosy i dont deal with it anymore....when I pull into a driveway and grandpa comes over and asks me "can i help you?" i just look at him and say " no can i help you?" and if they ask what i am doing I simply respond with " my job"
Another good tip i have is if you are a sub-contracor and get paid by the hour and not by the job like me, than you should know the golden rule is "work smarter not harder" Sometimes I am in a hurry to get home because I have a hot date or whatever so one thing you can do is make things look like they are already done. for example sometimes i dont feel like unloading all my stuff to do a wint so I have fake winterization signs with some other companys name on them that i carry with me and I post them all around and splash a little antifreeze and take pics showing the wint already competed. sometimes i am nice and atleast open the valve on the water tank so atleast it drains somewhat. Another thing you can do is heat up a joint on the copper piping and make it seperate, than take a pic showing the "freeze damage" now you cant blow out the lines! makes things alot easier
Another one if you get paid by the hour like me if you get to a place and its gross and theres a ton of stuff so you dont want to trash it out or whatever, just make fake poo and put it all around the house and take pictures of it and tell the bank theres too much human waste its unsafe and haz mat has to clean it out.....fake poo is easy to make by using brown play do or brown food coloring and peanut butter. you can even put some toilet paper laying next to it to make it look legit for the photo...
I guess thats it for now but I will post some more later after supper