Growth Trends for Related Jobs

How to Get a Job Cleaning Foreclosed Houses

Cleaning foreclosures is a great way to earn extra money. With today’s economy, it’s a great time to get into the business. If you don’t want to work full time, you can easily clean foreclosures weekends and afternoons. Here's what you need to know.

Get some experience cleaning professionally. While cleaning is not difficult and most people comprehend how to vacuum and mop, it’s important to get some detail cleaning experience. With this experience, you’ll learn how to clean quickly and do a great job. This means more work and more money. It’s also important to have experience dealing with people and possibly some sales experience so you can line up jobs.

Determine what services to offer. While cleaning sounds self-explanatory, it’s important to know exactly what you will offer your clients. Will you simply vacuum or will you shampoo the carpet? Do you clean outside windows or will they have to hire someone else to do that? Sit down and create a list of the things you will do and the things you will not do. This way, you’ll be prepared when you speak to a potential employer.

Purchase cleaning supplies. Purchase the supplies you will need to completely clean the homes: a vacuum cleaner and bags, a good mop and broom, bucket, sponges, dust rags, kitchen and tile cleaner, furniture polish, bathroom cleaner, cleaning solution, window cleaner and deodorizer. Don’t forget cleaning wipes, paper towels, and disposable brushes. Being prepared is important in getting a job, and most clients will not provide supplies for you.

Advertise your services. Get the word out that you're available for cleaning foreclosures. One great way to do this is to contact realty companies in your area, which you can find in the phone book. Tell them what you do, and leave your name and number. Ask if they're hiring anyone to clean foreclosures. By leaving your contact information with the company, you create a contact and plant the seed for a future job. Create business cards and business fliers to let individuals know what you do. Leave your card and fliers at realty businesses, local HUD offices and anywhere your target market may find them. This will help get your name out there. Creating a website is a great idea as well. This gives you a platform to sell yourself and advertise your business at the same time. By using the tips above, you can get a job cleaning foreclosures and make great money in a small amount of time.


With more than 15 years of professional writing experience, MiShaun Taylor specializes in legal- and wedding-related articles. Her work has appeared in "Pediatrics for Parents," "ISBA News" and Taylor holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Illinois and a Juris Doctorate from the Chicago-Kent College of Law.