Does Your Building Project Budget for Post Construction Cleaning Costs? Here’s Why It Should.

If you’re planning a residential or commercial construction project and you’re not already thinking about a plan for clean up afterwards, you should be. The professionals at ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons have decades of experience in cleaning up after construction projects. You’d be surprised how often we find that customers have forgotten to budget for or schedule a post-construction cleaning until the very last minute.

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Budgeting For Post Construction Cleaning Costs – ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons Chicago – Oak Park/River Forest – North Shore IL

 

If you’re planning a residential or commercial construction project in Chicago, Oak Park/River Forest, or the North Shore, and you’re not already thinking about a plan for clean up afterward, you should be. The professionals at ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons have decades of experience in cleaning up after construction projects. You’d be surprised how often we find that customers have forgotten to budget for or schedule a Post Construction Cleaning until the very last minute.

The problem is, customers, don’t realize that post-construction cleaning is an important part of any building project. They don’t understand that Post Construction Cleaning is some of the most important projects a restoration company will take on. These kinds of jobs usually require a company’s entire crew to be onsite for anywhere between a few days to a whole week depending on whether it is a residential or commercial project.

We like to make sure that customers understand the level of care and commitment that goes into each of our post-construction cleaning projects. The professionals at ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons are IICRC Certified and well-trained in providing unrivaled and thorough post-construction cleaning. We use products and equipment that meet the highest standards to remove all dust and debris properly. Some of the post-construction cleanup services we offer the Chicagoland area include:

  • Dusting air diffusers
  • Cleaning light fixtures within the construction area
  • Cleaning restroom fixtures
  • Wall washing or spot cleaning walls
  • Ceiling washing
  • Cleaning interior windows
  • HEPA Vacuuming
  • Cleaning carpet areas
  • Damp mopping hard-surface floors
  • Renewing hardwood floors
  • Roto buffing ceramic tile or linoleum

For larger jobs that need further cleaning after construction work has cleared, we often bundle the cleanup with these services:

Our process is one that maximizes efficiency while still delivering the highest level of service. Ideally, our process begins well before the construction project occurs — when a customer reaches out proactively for a quote. No worries if you’re one of the many who let post-construction fall by the wayside during the planning stages; if we can accommodate your dates, we will absolutely still offer quotes to contractors and homeowners who reach out during the construction project. After our professional quote is approved and we are hired for a Post Construction Cleaning, we begin to formulate a scope based on the job’s specific needs and we gather up the necessary personnel and equipment.

Sometimes, we are asked to begin our on-site cleaning for a mid-way cleaning while construction is still taking place. This is helpful for large construction projects that generate so much debris that it creates an unsafe environment and poor air quality for workers. We are available to come in and clean periodically during construction so that waste and dust are properly removed and workers can continue building and renovating on schedule.

Most of the time, though, our on-site cleaning starts immediately after construction concludes. We have two primary objectives during our cleanup: The first, to eradicate and control the dust generated by sanding and plastering before it ends up in the air ducts; and the second, to remove all dust and debris in a timely manner to restore safety to the job site. We do this in five steps:

  1. Schedule air duct cleaning
  2. Wipe down all hard surfaces, nooks and crannies, furniture, and items in renovation space
  3. HEPA vacuum carpet and upholstery
  4. Clean flooring with wet mopping, WoodGlo Renew, or roto tile buffing depending on the floor material
  5. Dispose of all construction debris on-site according to municipal guidelines and regulations in a safe manner

Because these jobs can be so large and costly, it’s important that customers budget for them in their initial construction project plan. Customers are sometimes floored to learn the cost of their site’s post-construction cleanup and are too late in the game to make room in the budget for it. Instead, they choose to DIY the cleanup or, worse, forego it altogether. We never recommend this and we would rather see customers reach out for a quote during the planning stages of a construction project so they can budget accordingly.

Though professional cleanup services are costly, they are always one hundred percent worth it. Here are three reasons why:

  • A professional cleaning increases safety

With construction projects, there will inevitably be debris left behind. From sawdust to nails and broken glass to stray wires, these debris present dangers to both the building crew and those responsible for a DIY cleanup. Accidents during cleanup happen more often than you might think. Hiring a professional crew trained to deal with hazardous materials will ensure the safety of everyone involved. A restoration company is equipped with better equipment than a broom and a dustpan.

  • Professional cleaning ensures debris is properly disposed of

Most municipalities have special rules for the disposal of residential and commercial construction waste, like paint and other chemicals. In general, they must be separated, sorted and eventually delivered to a special facility for lawful disposal. It is important to work with a professional restoration company like or you could face a fine.

  • A professional cleaning promotes efficiency and timeliness

We estimate that a professional cleaning crew will likely be able to complete a post-construction cleanup job four times faster than a DIY-er. Professional crews come with the necessary equipment it takes to clean thoroughly and efficiently. A quick cleanup allows you to move on to the final stages of your construction project. Plus, calling in the professionals for a quick turnaround can mean all the difference for contractors whose agreements include penalties for going overtime on the project.

Here at ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons, we understand that every good construction project includes a professional and thorough post-construction cleanup. Our crews have decades of experience clearing construction job sites safely and quickly to ensure peace-of-mind for contractors, homeowners and business owners alike. For a professional quote, please give us a call as early as possible in your construction planning process. As always, your satisfaction is our number one priority!

ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons is an MBE/WBE certified firm and family-run company serving Chicago, Oak Park, River Forest, and the North Shore.  Recently, the company was awarded a variety of honors, including the ServiceMaster Achiever Award and outstanding service in disaster restoration by Build Magazine. ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons provides disaster restoration services including Water & Flood Damage Restoration, Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration, Mold Remediation and a wide range of interior specialty cleaning including Hoarder & Clutter Cleaning, Post-Construction Cleaning, Carpet Cleaning and Upholstery Cleaning to residential and commercial customers residing in Chicago, Oak Park-River Forest, and the North Shore.  For more information, give us a call at 773-376-1110 or visit servicemasterbysimons.com.

 

 

 

 

Odor Removal – Clearing the Air of Pesky Odors

Odor Removal Services from the Professionals at ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons. Benjamin Franklin said, “Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days.” Although you probably will likely not experience odor problems from guests, there may be odors from fire, smoke, water damage or biological concerns that are hard to remove from your home or

Lemon Carpet CleaningOdor Removal Services from the Professionals at ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons.

Benjamin Franklin said, “Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days.” Although you probably will likely not experience odor problems from guests, there may be odors from fire, smoke, water damage or biological concerns that are hard to remove from your home or business. At ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons 855-9-SIMONS, we are experts at removing unpleasant odors that can affect your home.

Our trained and certified technicians understand how to remove and eliminate persistent odors by using a combination of professional products, systems and odor removal technologies. Many commonly used deodorizing products only mask the smells temporarily, but properly removing the odor will ensure the disagreeable scent does not resurface later.

At ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons, we use a four-step odor removal process:

1. Identify and eliminate the source of the odor.
2. Clean the affected area to properly remove odor residue.
3. Select the necessary deodorization process.
4. Seal the surface if necessary.

While it may be necessary to perform multiple treatments to eliminate severe odors, the use of neutralizing agents included in our extensive line of OdorGo® deodorizing products, coupled with advanced technologies such as nano-particle air cartridges in our air filters, gives us the ability to quickly knock down odors. This effective combination can help to reduce additional living expenses by allowing you to remain in your home.

With our advanced technologies, extensive training and years of experience, there is no odor too strong for our team to handle.

ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons is a Woman-Owned and Family Operated Cleaning & Restoration Company. With three locations to serve our customers, ServiceMaster By Simons serves Chicago, Oak Park-River Forest, Elmwood Park, Cleaning Services in Chicago’s North Shore and the North Shore of Lake County to Wisconsin’s State Line.

For immediate service or a free consultation and quote, call us at 773-376-1110 or toll free at 855-9-SIMONS.

Disaster Restoration Professionals-Restoring Community

Disaster Restoration Professionals, ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons, Chicagoland’s leader in professional disaster restoration, engages communities in environment of giving & restoring Brief History Disaster Restoration Professionals Sam Simon and Nasutsa Mabwa, partners in the ServiceMaster By Simons’ franchise group in the Chicagoland area, share a special story.  Meeting in the mid-nineties as child welfare workers in Chicago’s […]

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Disaster Restoration Professionals, ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons, Chicagoland’s leader in professional disaster restoration, engages communities in environment of giving & restoring

Brief History

Disaster Restoration Professionals Sam Simon and Nasutsa Mabwa, partners in the ServiceMaster By Simons’ franchise group in the Chicagoland area, share a special story.  Meeting in the mid-nineties as child welfare workers in Chicago’s inner-city, Sam and Nasutsa committed to serving ward’s of the state and their families. They each worked tirelessly to reunite children with their families.  In some cases, children were placed in loving adoptive homes.

A Company is born

After completing graduate school and following separate career paths, they joined up in 2012 to form a company of disaster restoration professionals that served people in a variety of ways. This included restoring and rebuilding homes and businesses as well as contributing to local organizations that restore and rebuild communities.

It’s in this same spirit of charity and service that Nasutsa and Sam operate their companies. They include ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons, ServiceMaster Cleaning By Simons, ServiceMaster of Oak Park and ServiceMaster of River Forest.  “We help people in their times of need” said Sam Simon, “by restoring homes and businesses, we restore lives.”

What We Do

ServiceMaster By Simons offers an array of household and business services. When a home or business has been affected by water or fire damage, ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons is immediately called to the rescue.  Most times, restoration services are requested by the insurance companies. We field a lot of service requests from the home and business-owners themselves.  We offer a full line of cleaning services including post-construction cleaning, hoarder cleanup and carpet & upholstery cleaning.

Peoples lives are disrupted when disasters like water damage or fire damage occur in their homes or businesses.  ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons minimizes  these interruptions and restore’s peace of mind.  We know that these events can be stressful. So we work tirelessly to get your property and your life back to normal – FAST!

Giving Back

The ServiceMaster By Simons group prides itself on its spirit of giving and restoring.  We’re honored to give back when we can.  On a greater scale, restoring communities is a life long passion for our company and team members. Some of the organizations that our company is involved with include:

“Sam and I met as social workers, where we worked hard to help our community,” said Nasutsa Mabwa. “That same passion exists in our company and its staff today as we strive to help people in extreme circumstances of need.

Recently, ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons and a crew of over 20 technicians and managers mobilized to Hilton Head, SC.  We aided and assisted in Hurricane Matthew recovery efforts.  It’s in these times of need that we experience the strength and determination of people who band together for a common cause.  Helping the residents of Hilton Head, SC get back on their feet was a challenge that ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons stepped up to.

If you need a disaster restoration professional in the Chicagoland area, immediately call 855-9-SIMONS and let ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons get your property back to normal-FAST. We specialize in Immediate Response to our customers.  We are available 24/7/365 to provide Water & Fire Damage Restoration, Mold Remediation as well as a long list of specialty cleaning services.  Call now.

ServiceMaster By Simons Comes to the North Shore!

ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons, Chicago’s leader in professional Water & Fire Damage Restoration, opens North Shore Cleaning location in Skokie, Illinois The ServiceMaster By Simons companies including ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons, ServiceMaster Oak Park-River Forest and ServiceMaster Cleaning By Simons is happy to announce its new North Shore warehouse facility at 8124 Ridgeway, Skokie, Illinois.  This […]

ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons - North Shore, Illinois - Professional Disaster Restoration Services - Professional Cleaning ServicesServiceMaster Restoration By Simons, Chicago’s leader in professional Water & Fire Damage Restoration, opens North Shore Cleaning location in Skokie, Illinois

The ServiceMaster By Simons companies including ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons, ServiceMaster Oak Park-River Forest and ServiceMaster Cleaning By Simons is happy to announce its new North Shore warehouse facility at 8124 Ridgeway, Skokie, Illinois.  This new state-of-the-art facility will serve commercial & residential customers in Chicago’s North Shore. It offers the same great services that the ServiceMaster By Simons’ companies offer in the city and west suburbs.

The company offers professional services in Evanston, Wilmette, Winnetka, Glencoe, Glenview, Deerfield, Northbrook, Buffalo Grove, Lake Forest, to name a few. “This new facility will help us meet the demand for services that we are receiving from the North Shore area,” said Sam Simon, ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons’ owner.  Our brand name has grown so much over the past two years with radio ads and television commercials. It made sense to open the second location to meet the growing demands for our services.

Water & Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since opening its first location in Chicago at 400 North Paulina Street in 2013, we  remain the leader in Water & Fire Damage Restoration and professional Cleaning Services to homes and businesses in the Chicago-land area.  This includes the newly acquired ServiceMaster of Oak Park-River Forest. The franchise that has offered quality Disaster Restoration and Cleaning Services for the residents of Oak Park and River Forest for over 30 years. “We were receiving so many calls from the North Shore, it made sense to open the second location to serve our customers faster, rather than spend time in traffic,” said Neda Howell, ServiceMaster By Simons’ manager.  “Our reputation not only depends on our quality cleaning services, but on the timeliness of our professional technicians.”

As a result, North Shore businesses and residents can now experience our quality, professional services.  By calling 855-9-SIMONS, you can conveniently schedule your specialty cleaning services.  Our services include Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning, Hard Surface and Wood Floor Cleaning. It also boast the best in Post-Construction Cleanup, Move in/Move out Cleaning, Air Duct Cleaning, Steamed Carpet Extraction and Hoarder Cleaning services.  If you prefer, you can click here to schedule your services on our website.

 

Get a Fresh Start Heading Into Spring With Hoarder Clean-Up in Rogers Park, Chicago

Now that the worst of the winter season has likely passed us by, wouldn’t it be nice to head into spring—the season of renewal—with a clean and clutter-free house? For many of us, spring cleaning just requires some extra elbow grease and a bucket of high-quality cleaning solutions or a phone call to a reputable […]

Now that the worst of the winter season has likely passed us by, wouldn’t it be nice to head into spring—the season of renewal—with a clean and clutter-free house? For many of us, spring cleaning just requires some extra elbow grease and a bucket of high-quality cleaning solutions or a phone call to a reputable house-cleaning company. But for anyone suffering from a hoarding compulsion in Rogers Park, Chicago, spring cleaning seems like a nearly insurmountable job. That’s exactly where ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons comes in.

At ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons, we have the tools, techniques, expertise, and compassion to tackle any hoarder clean-up job in the spring or at any other time of the year. We offer the following hoarder clean-up services: full removal of all tagged items; hauling of appliances, furniture and other heavy items; cleanup of dwelling, including all bathrooms and the kitchen; arrangements to have appliances, furniture, and other items donated to charity or a local thrift shop; full repair or reconstruction packages upon request, and full paint packages upon request.

Hoarding affects over three million people, according to the Mayo Clinic. It’s a psychological disorder defined as the excessive collecting of items coupled with the inability to discard them, regardless of their value. It affects emotions, thoughts, and behavior. Other signs of the disorder may include:

  • Shame or embarrassment and limited or no social interactions.
  • Moving items from one pile to another without discarding anything.
  • Letting food or trash build up to unusually excessive and unnecessary levels.
  • Living in unsanitary conditions.
  • Being unable to use rooms for their intended purpose because they are too cluttered.
  • Blocking of the home’s doorways with excessive clutter.

If the above symptoms describe you or a loved one, consider getting a fresh start this spring by contacting a company that offers hoarder clean-up services.

Call ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons immediately at 773-376-1110 if you find yourself or a loved one in need of kind and professional hoarder clean-up services in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood. We’ll be on the scene quickly to help you sort and discard items that you no longer need or want. We’ll have you heading into spring with a happier outlook and healthier home.

The End of Garage Sale Season: A Perfect Time for Hoarders

While you’re still looking back trying to figure out how summer went by so quickly, autumn and the remainder of the better-weather months are passing by rapidly. For hoarders, this time can be even more stressful because the cold weather is another reason to stay indoors and keep the mess the way it is. It’s […]

While you’re still looking back trying to figure out how summer went by so quickly, autumn and the remainder of the better-weather months are passing by rapidly. For hoarders, this time can be even more stressful because the cold weather is another reason to stay indoors and keep the mess the way it is. It’s important that hoarders step away for a minute to remember that cleaning out their home before the winter hits can mean the difference between a comfortable home and a stressful holiday season. ServiceMaster Cleaning by Simons in the South Loop of Chicago reminds hoarders of the importance of hoarding cleanup for the end of the fall season.

Luckily, for hoarders and their stress of hoarding cleanup, there’s still time to get hoarder cleanup taken care of. Some hoarders, to raise money and get rid of some of their items, choose to have a garage sale.

The end of garage sale and yard sale season may be approaching, but it’s not too late to use the rest of the warm weeks to prepare your home for a sale. Getting hoarder cleanup completed before winter can take a huge burden off your shoulders and give you one less thing to worry about. In fact, if you want to have a more successful garage sale with an even wider selection from your hoarding cleanup, encourage your neighbors or friends to partner with you!

Hoarding cleanup is never fun or easy, but the result can be rewarding, which is why ServiceMaster Cleaning by Simons is here to help in a sensitive, respectful manner. Hoarders can worry less with our team on their side, as we can help organize their items and prepare others for sale, donation, or removal.

Even if garage sales are not a good option for you, hoarder cleanup this autumn season is a great idea for those looking for a more enjoyable winter and holiday season. Contact ServiceMaster Cleaning by Simons in the South Loop for more information on hoarder cleanup.

What You Should Know about Hoarding Clean-up: Disaster Restoration Services in Chicago

Earlier this spring, ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons discussed some of the primary symptoms of hoarding. It has been estimated that between five million and fourteen million people in the U.S. fit the description of a compulsive hoarder. Hoarding is a complicated disorder, with cases ranging from mild to severe. No matter the severity, the act […]

Earlier this spring, ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons discussed some of the primary symptoms of hoarding. It has been estimated that between five million and fourteen million people in the U.S. fit the description of a compulsive hoarder. Hoarding is a complicated disorder, with cases ranging from mild to severe. No matter the severity, the act of hoarding is emotional, and something that should not be dealt with lightly.

If a loved one, neighbor, or tenant experiences hoarding compulsions, unless you are a trained professional, you may not know how to best deal with it. It’s overwhelming!

And we get it.

That’s why we would like to answer some of your questions about hoarding and appropriate hoarding clean-up services.

Let’s review, what is hoarding?

According to Mayo Clinic: “Hoarding disorder is a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them. A person with hoarding disorder experiences distress at the thought of getting rid of the items. Excessive accumulation of items, regardless of actual value, occurs.”

Oftentimes with hoarding you will see spaces with stacks of clutter, with only narrow pathways for getting around.

Hoarding is different than collecting, because hoarding is excessive accumulation of “stuff” to the point of harmfully impacting one’s daily life.

What are the dangers of hoarding?

Hoarding presents a number of hazards to the inhabitants as well as those trying to clean-up the space, including:

  • Exposure to disease spread through animals (cats, rats, other vermin, etc.)
  • Exposure to disease spread through feces (animal and/or human)
  • Stepping on or handling sharp objects (knives, broken glass, hypodermic needles, etc.)
  • Long-term psychological stress and trauma

 How long does hoarding clean-up take?

Every hoarding situation is different and should be treated as such. Some clean-ups take only a day, while others can take as long as a week. Timing depends on how many items must be removed and hauled, and what kind of cleaning the space needs once the clutter has been cleared.

 Restoration after The Clutter is Removed

Once the space has been cleared of items, we work with you to ensure it has been thoroughly restored.

Walls, carpet and flooring, and other areas may have incurred damage as a result of bio hazard issues. We have found stains, water damage, mold, rotting floors, dead animals, feces, and a number of other grime encrusted things. If not removed or handled correctly, the damage can worsen and the space will not be safe or habitable.

Upon request, we offer full repair and reconstruction services after the initial clean-up.

The Emotional Side

Hoarding behaviors are complex and can take an enormous emotional toll on the person exhibiting the behaviors. Getting rid of items can feel like getting rid of part of yourself, making it extremely difficult for those who hoard to commit to the clean-up process.

Families and friends are also impacted, as many times people who hoard will isolate themselves from any human interaction. This can feel as though you have lost the person entirely, and many find themselves experiencing intense feelings of grief and loss.

The emotional difficulties are also present during the actual clean-up. Sometimes cleaners are the first to enter the home in many years, and that can feel invasive to those who live there. Can you imagine a stranger going through your stuff? That can be hard for anyone, even if you are not experiencing compulsions along with it.

Training

Our professionals understand the need for respectful, sensitive, and prompt cleaning services. We are trained to do so with high quality results and will partner with you to ensure that you, your family, and other loved ones are treated with the utmost respect.

While we consider ourselves experts in hoarding clean-up, we are not experts in hoarding behaviors. If you or a loved one has symptoms of a hoarding disorder, it may be in your best interest to also consult with a doctor or mental health professional.

For a complete list of our hoarder clean-out services, check us out on our webpage. ServiceMaster Restoration by Simon provides a number of disaster restoration services in the Chicago area, and is ready for you 24/7. Contact us today for any of your restoration needs, and feel relieved that we will handle all requests with professional quality work that cares.