|Re: RFI on janitorial contracts||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Jim Snyder-Grant (jimsgnewview.org)|
|Date: Sat, 14 Jul 2001 15:40:02 -0600 (MDT)|
Ksenia Barton, of Cranberry Commons Cohousing Community, asked about Common House cleaning arrangments. Here's the story for New View (Acton MA) Since the expense of hiring for all the CH cleaning did not meet the approval of the whole group, someone volunteered to work out this compromise: 1) Every household is polled about their choice on these questions: a) Would you like to clean the CH yourselces, or pay for it b) Would you like to take the CH garbage & recyclables to the town transfer station, or pay someone to do it. Then, a volunteer arranges the households on a calender, one household per two-week rotation. The schedule is arranged so that we can hire someone to clean for a bunch of months in a row and so that we can hire a pick-up garbage & recyclables truck & crew for a bunch of months in a row. HH's get billed different amounts depending on how much they have chosen to take on. There is some additional trickiness because of some sub-options about the recyclables, but that's the basics. There isn't much to the 'contract' for the paid cleaning: it's done by one person who happens to live here, who individually contracts with each household to do their share of the cleaning for $60, plus more if arranging the garbage & recyclables is included. There is a common house committee rep that anyone (especially the contracted cleaner) can contact with questions about what is to be cleaned, how to get supplies, etc. The cleaners for each meal (and for each event) do the basics - the rotating cleaning is for a deeper cleaning with some extra scrubbing & more surfaces involved. We considered hooking up with a cleaning company, the sort that handles individual houses, but we stopped when we heard that our neighbor was interested in doing this,and suggested a price that was les then what we would have paid. We are all very happy with the quality of the work. The contract for the garbage pickup is more formal, but just as straightforward: someone calls them up when it's time to start in the year, and cancels the service for a few months when we are working our way through the 'do-it-yourself' households. Jim Snyder-Grant jimsg [at] newview.org 18 Half Moon Hill Acton MA 01720 New View Cohousing http://www.newview.org _______________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list Cohousing-L [at] cohousing.org Unsubscribe and other info: http://www.communityforum.net/mailman/listinfo/cohousing-l
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