Beware of Bait and Switch Tactics
Be aware of companies using "bait-n-switch" techniques!
You’re ready to have your wall to wall carpeting professionally cleaned and want to get the best job for the best price, right?
You may have received a coupon in a Val Pak or via direct mail, advertising $6.95 per room! What a great deal, huh? How can they afford to charge such a low price?
As a reputable business owner who has been serving this area, I can tell you with all certainty, THEY CAN’T! The gas alone, to get to your home would make this a losing proposition for the ‘company’. Then there are cleaning agents, set up and tear down time, and the actual job labor—a firm charging $6 or $9 a room would soon go broke.
How / why are they charging this price? The answer is simple—Bait & Switch!
Here is a typical scenario:
Once inside your home, you are informed that the advertised price is for ‘basic steam cleaning’--in other words, clear water. Listen; you cannot properly clean even a lightly soiled carpet without proper cleaning agents, such as pre-conditioner, emulsifier & various spot cleaners. Oh, they have these products on their truck, but if they USE them on your carpets, your $6 a room price just went up to $45.
Then, there’s the high pressure add on sales (Scotchguard tm}, deodorizing) as well as a charge for moving any furniture. Throw in the ‘nominal travel charge’ and the 2 rooms you thought you would be paying $12 to clean have just cost you $175, not to mention the lousy job performed by the inexperienced technician you’ve been sent!
These companies hire right off the street and pay on a commission basis. Commission on what? On all of the up sell, of course! They’re routinely sued, go out of business, and resurface under a new name. Save yourself the trouble!