Cleaning the Trailer

            One item sometimes missed in the project budget is to include weekly or bi-weekly cleaning of the construction trailer.

            The sales office and the models in multi-unit projects are typically cleaned and vacuumed at least once per week.  This keeps them in good shape for displaying to the buying public.  Sales models must be sparkling clean to impress prospective buyers.

            The construction trailer also reflects the professionalism of the housing development company: the builder. 

            Although subcontractors, building inspectors, and tradespeople might not be as important to impress as buyers, the construction trailer is usually the first impression people involved with the construction get of the project.

            If strangers walk into a construction trailer that is large, spacious, carpeted, furnished, clean, and organized, the first impression is of a business office which generates the accompanying respect.

            If the trailer is small, old, with a stained vinyl floor, a used old metal office desk with a squeaky chair, and has a makeshift plans table made from a throwaway interior door, the first impression is that the builder is not serious about business efficiency.

            Worse yet, if the construction trailer is partly used as a storage bin, with electrical temp-power boxes and cords laying on the floor, along with shovels, picks, brooms, and water hoses, the trailer ceases to function and look like a place where the business of the project can be conducted. 

            I have walked into construction trailers where I had to climb over all sorts of construction equipment and debris.

            If the builder chooses the second method of providing a small, beat-up looking construction trailer, then periodic cleaning is obviously a waste of money. 

            On the other hand, if the builder thinks that the construction trailer should resemble a business office as closely as possible, then periodic cleaning should be budgeted along with the cleaning of the sales office and the sales model units.

Author: Barton Jahn

I worked in building construction as a field superintendent and project manager. I have four books published by McGraw-Hill on housing construction (1995-98) under Bart Jahn, and have eight Christian books self-published through Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). I have a bachelor of science degree in construction management from California State University Long Beach. I grew up in Southern California, was an avid surfer, and am fortunate enough to have always lived within one mile of the ocean. I discovered writing at the age of 30, and it is now one of my favorite activities. I am currently working on more books on building construction.

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