Perks. They are sortof a bloggers best friend and worst nightmare.
How can I be so blunt about this?
Because it’s the truth. I find it very easy to be blunt about the reality of situations. And the honest to goodness truth is that bloggers sometimes are offered things, products and services that normal non-blogging folks don’t. Does that make said blogger a bad person? Does that mean that the blogger is greedy, dishonest or writing only for the gifts? Nope. Not even a little.
And this comes from a girl that decided to do blogging for a couple years without taking freebies. been there. done that whole purist blogging thing. I know both sides of this coin, y’all.
The truth is this – I have a responsibility to be honest…especially so when I am recommending something or someone that my readers might fork over their hard earned cash for. And because Jesus is watching and his homeboy Matthew worked for the Roman IRS if you know what I mean…so I choose to be very careful with the perks I choose and the ones I decide to pass on. Sometimes a perk is just not worth the grief you get.
so…all that being said, I was offered one honking large freebie. A BIG ONE in my book. I was offered a window cleaning service.
The crazy thing about the whole arrangement was that it was a thank-you gift. A ‘we-appreciated-you-doing-a-giveaway-for-us’ type freebie. And they didn’t even ask for a post or a link in return. At that point, I was like um-yeah-sure-you-can-clean-for-me-do-you-also-babysit?!
So as sortof a late Mother’s Day gift (that’s what Jer and I called it), we welcomed the Fish Cleaning Company into our home to wash those big ole high windows of ours.
Don’t mind the mess guys…that’s just my socks and underwear sitting out.
It was actually really exciting slash terrifying. The first crew arrived at 9 in the morning….yes, I was still wearing my jammies. And they started on the outside of the house…on these HUGE ladders. I literally was shrieking when I went outside. It was like I was watching a circus performer without a net…sweat was puddling in my socks. I wish I was exagerating but just the thought of climbing on a step stool gets my heart pumping so fast, I consider it a workout.
And then when they finally
lost about five pounds of water from sweating in this heat finished up out there, they moved inside. Some fun things to note – they were here pretty much all day. They cleaned something like 85 standard size panes of glass inside and out. (!!!) They offered to put any new bulbs in my chandeliers that burned out. They wore cute little shoe covers (I am sure the house got their covers more dirty than they could have done to our house!). They were super thorough. And super considerate (while Will was napping, they didn’t even talk when they were upstairs so they wouldn’t wake him.)
I must say that the most impressive thing about the entire experience took place in this bathroom. See that arched window up top? Remember when it had that crazy sticker thing on it that looked like stained glass? And I used every industrial sticky-stuff remover under the planet?
Well, there were still three quarter-sized dots that I could not for the life of me get off. See them? They are slightly lighter than the rest of the blackness. THEY GOT THEM OFF! Yes. After I spent HOURS scraping those things with a straight razor to no avail, the Fish guys got my window fully clean. It was literally a miracle. I may or may not have clapped like a seal for three straight minutes.
But really – the reason I am sharing all this with you is because of Will.
Now that the guys have come and cleaned, he is obsessed with washing windows. And these photos are just too darn cute not to show the grandparents
They let him help (if you can call it that?!) and now I am googling where I can buy toddler-sized squeegies.
That’s Mike – he’s the guy-in-charge over at the local Fish Window Cleaning branch and he was oh-so-patient with Will. Even when Will decided to clean the same windows over and over and over, etc.
Overall – I can’t tell you about how awesome an experience it was. I raved about it so much that my mom even called and is having her windows cleaned. It’s funny because I never realized how terribly dirty our windows were until they got cleaned! Plus, the guys were able to let me know if any of my double-paned windows had faulty seals…so now when we go to replace them, I can get a quote for all of them instead of paying separate charges for all four of them.
After it was all said and done, I asked Mike for some more information because I can’t tell you how HIGHLY I recommend this service. Here’s what I gathered from our conversation…
- The average house (like two stories or a ranch) has around 25-40 panes (our old house had 26 if you need a comparison) and costs about $140 to $200 to get the windows cleaned with the screens INSIDE AND OUT
- Fish offers add-on services – like pressure washing (if you have a small stoop or porch, it would be worth it to just get that cleaned too for cheaper than you can rent the machine and do yourself!), and gutters and chandeliers and ceiling fans.
- They also can quote for construction cleaning (for those of you in the middle of big overhauls) and can clean hardwater stains
- They offer quotes with outside only and inside&out…so if you can reach everything on the inside but your outsides are just too high (and you are too scared to get on a ladder like me!) then it’s worth getting a quote.
- Oh and that’s the other thing – Free Quotes. Yup – you can call em up and they will give you an estimate. Like my mom did and she told them that she can clean all her sun-room windows but everything else needed a good washing so they are doing her house (it’s almost the same size as ours but with less windows) for $240.
Thanks Mike for your team’s hard work - it truly was a pleasure! And if you are interested in getting a quote – click here.
p.s. I redid a mirror in my favorite shade over at Wayfair! Check it out!