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Question DetailsAsked on 1/2/2017

How to find someone to clean my garage--not organize it

Someone to take everything out of garage, sweep and vacuum the walls, floors, rafters, put everything back neatly.

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Some Housecleaning companies do this - as will a few Handymen (the latter probably more useful if putting away a lot of tools and such because more likely to put them away in some sort of logical order - also if items are heavy because most housecleaners are women not able to lift / move neavy items easily). Also - Handyman more likely to have a strong leaf blower, which is what commonly works best for blowing out a garage - though be sure to include in his scope picking up the bulk of the dirt and debris and bits of paper or metal or such from the dirt blown out onto the drive, then blowing or washing the remaining dust off the drive onto the adjacent lawn or dirt or whatever so it does not get tracked right back in from the drive. Also, any nearby steps, doors, windows etc have to be blown clean too afterwards, because a garage that has been sitting accumulating dirt for a number of years can result in a LOT of dust outside when you blow it out.


Another possibility - Haulers - the junk/trash hauling companies that go around and clean up trash in yards or attics or basements and haul it away - many of them will do a clearing out and rough cleaning like this if all it takes is a couple of strong backs and a bucket, sponge, leaf blower, and stiff broom. They also have the advantage (commonly) of having a box truck (normally used to haul the junk away) that they can use to temporarily store the stuff in during the cleanout - see next paragraph.


Suggestion - be sure contract calls for full protection of the material while outside (which means a box truck or such or pallets and roped-down tarping in case weather goes bad). And assume the weather will go bad in the course of the day, so if it does go south before the job is done, have the contract spell out whose loss that is - does the contractor have to put the stuff back and come back another day to take the stuff out again and finish up, or do you pay for that (more fair, but means scheduling has to look at the weather forecast the night before say to choose a day with zero percent chance of precipitation.


Also specify that the stuff cannot sit out overnight under any circumstance - theft issue.


Also, if you are getting everything out of the garage, I would suggest not only vacuuming but also wet sponging the walls - light wash - or a full wash IF painted and you really want them cleaned, not just dusted.


Also, while floor is clear, I would strongly recommend having it mopped and scrubbed, because in garages where cars are parked (what a novel idea - actually putting a car in a garage other than while doing car repairs - what crazy thing will they think of next) the floor is a major source of dusting when walked on, due to the road dirt dripping off wet or slushy undercarriages. Just make sure they know they are to pick up the dust/dirt and trashcan it to the extent sweepable - not wash it all down the garage floor drain or driveway collector or slot drain (if you have such) - because you do not want the drain or sewer line all clogged with the dust/dirt from the garage.


One other thought - which might mandate either overnight or even couple of day storage in a box truck, or restacking it in the center of the garage and tarping it during painting, is if your garage is the typical bare drywall or primed-only, is having the garage painted while everything is away from the walls. Not only makes the waslls accumulate a lot less dust, but also brightens it up a lot and improves the appearance come sale time. Either professionally painted or DIY. But then the stuff stacked in the center needs to be put away - so DIY on that or a second visit by the people who cleaned it out in the first place.


And of course, if looking at getting your garage floor painted or epoxied this would be a prime time for that too.


One other thing - if blowing (rather than vacuuming) the dust out, note masses of dust in the air is commonly explosive (especially if sawdusty) so water heater and furnace/boiler would have to be shut down and protected from dust accumulation, then relit afterwards - which the cleaning contractor (especially if not a Handyman) might not be able or willing to do. Of course, leaving them off (if not needed for heat immediately) and having an HVAC tech on tap to come clean them after the garage cleanout is done, then relight them, would also be a solution - but better done in summer when you don't need furnace if you are in an area now in winter. Does require less coordination to just turn them off and once cooled off put protective wrap around the openings to keep the dust out (if sweeping or blowing it rather than cacuuming) than to coordinate the garage cleaning with a water heater/furnace servicing - especially in the winter which is a good time to get cleanout people cheap but a lousy time to schedule preventative cleaning/servicing of the heating appliances.


One other nother thing - if your stuff is not well organized, might be a prime time to put in some additional storage space too - which if just box store racks haulers could probably assemble for you, but if you want say plywood and 2x4 racks or shelves or wall-mounted shelving or lumber racks, a Handyman would be the more normal Search the List category for that. Ditto if you arrange with some cabinet company or the handyman to bring in used but decent condition cabinets that have been removed from some other house during a remodel and put them up for you (be sure to include good vacuuming and soapy water spongedown so any food items in them like rice or flour or such do not attract vermin). You can commonly get a whole kitchen worth of cabinets (used) installed in a garage (without any trim) for about $500 or so, and not much more than that to add plywood or melamine countertops on all the base units to provide counter/work bench space. (This assumes you have garage wall space clearance - in some garages with tight lateral clearance you cannot put base units in the area. Quick way to add a LOT of storage space to the house for not a lot of bucks.

Answered 1 year ago by LCD

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