Blog for Builders

By Administration Team 28 Jun, 2017
Let's be honest, you wouldn't engage a shonky tradesman to work on your site, so why engage a shonky cleaner to perform the final touches of your irreplaceable project? Hiring a competent, professional cleaning firm is one of the most important aspects in the handover phase, and is what we refer to as the 'key' to a successful handover. 

Imagine working on a project for close to 12 months, only to have an unfit cleaning firm scratch your windows and leave your property looking like a disaster a week away from handing over the keys. What’s more, the cleaning firm refuses to take any responsibility for the damage caused, citing responsibility to a third-party contractor and prolonging an urgent matter that should never have occurred.

So how can you identify these sub-par cleaning firms? Well there are a few key signs and attributes which can indicate a cleaning firm’s competency in construction cleaning, and should at the very least be considered by the builder in question prior to engaging in any commercial arrangement.

1.     Request copies of insurance policies before the commencement of any work. Ideally you should attempt to get a copy of a Public Liability Insurance policy and a Workers Compensation Insurance policy at a minimum, to protect both people and property from injury and damage.

2.     Ask the hard questions. Find out whether the agency subcontracts the works or performs it in-house, and ask them whether or not a project specific SWMS will be provided before the commencement of work. It may also be worthwhile asking the firm to provide a sample of one that was used for a similar size and scoped project. Ideally any queries about their method of operations, or compliance with Victorian legislation, should be raised during the quotation stage. Builders should not assume that all cleaning contractors abide by the law, and where possible should go that extra mile to prevent a greater inconvenience further down the line. 

 3.   A sk the firm for a Scope of Works in regards to the clean. The reason for this is that a common industry term such as a 'builders clean' has no real definition and or requirements, and if you engage a firm on the basis of performing a builders clean with no further definition you risk the service being incomplete and or inadequate.

4.   Referrals.. Referrals... Referrals.   Asking a firm for some of its referrals / a list of clients can often indicate their skills and recognition in the construction cleaning market. The firm might have everything right on paper, but in action this could be a different case. By asking the cleaning firm for referrals, the prospective client can be rest assured that their are multiple builders that can vouch for its quality of service and competency. Generally speaking, referrals from larger builders should be weighted greater, as their is often a need for greater documentation and assurances. Furthermore, larger builders tend to work on more complicated and strenuous long-term projects, which require greater skill, resources and time management on behalf of their contractors .


It is important to keep in mind that the above information is personal opinion only, and that of Esicon Pty Ltd. All readers should seek to obtain independent legal advice before considering any commercial arrangement, and should not take the above information to be a substitute. Esicon does not guarantee the accuracy and reliability of this article, and any material contained on its website should be taken to be the same unless otherwise specified. We will not accept liability whatsoever in regards to a readers reliance on any of our information.

By Administration Team 28 Jun, 2017
At Esicon we've worked with all types, shapes and forms of construction companies. At the bottom end, we've worked with one-man construction companies and many shopfitters, whilst at the top we've worked with builders ranked within the largest 10 Australia-wide. 

Throughout the years we've noticed that their are many techniques, systems and processes that large commercial builders make wide-spread use of. Small and mid-tier construction firms on the other hand are often unaware that such methods are in place, which could greatly reduce their costs and improve efficiency, especially during the handover phase. 

"Stage Cleans" are one of these processes, and as the name suggests involves cleaning services being performed in multiple stages. The most common form is that of a 2-stage clean, but 3-stage and 4-stage have been implemented by Esicon on more complicated and substantial projects. For most of our clients however, a 2-stage clean is recommended, especially if you expect rectification work to be performed post your initial clean.


An example of a 2-stage clean is as follows: 

1.     Esicon performs a builders clean to leave the property ready for a client inspection. 

2.     The client performs an inspection of the property, and a defect list is provided to the builder who passes it on to their respective tradesman. Any trades who are required to rectify work will perform the rectifications prior to the secondary clean. 

3.     Once all rectifications have been complete, Esicon will perform a secondary clean of the premises to leave the property ready for handover. The secondary clean will focus on components such  as vacuuming, moping and any other minor / finishing works. 

4.     The property should now be ready for handover. 


The above is only an example  of a typical 2-stage clean, and as said before 3-stage and 4-stage cleans do exist and involve far more processes and planning. A 2-stage clean however would be sufficient for the far majority of projects, and can be tailored to reduce repetition of work where possible. Esicon understand that no two projects are the same, and by tailoring our 2-stage cleans to individual projects we are to provide a more efficient system to our clients providing benefits such as the following:

  • Lower cost of cleaning services as a result of minimising unnecessary repetition of works, and multiple site visits.  
  • An opportunity for tradesman to rectify work without disturbing a completed final clean. 

By Administration Team 28 Jun, 2017
Let's be honest, you wouldn't engage a shonky tradesman to work on your site, so why engage a shonky cleaner to perform the final touches of your irreplaceable project? Hiring a competent, professional cleaning firm is one of the most important aspects in the handover phase, and is what we refer to as the 'key' to a successful handover. 

Imagine working on a project for close to 12 months, only to have an unfit cleaning firm scratch your windows and leave your property looking like a disaster a week away from handing over the keys. What’s more, the cleaning firm refuses to take any responsibility for the damage caused, citing responsibility to a third-party contractor and prolonging an urgent matter that should never have occurred.

So how can you identify these sub-par cleaning firms? Well there are a few key signs and attributes which can indicate a cleaning firm’s competency in construction cleaning, and should at the very least be considered by the builder in question prior to engaging in any commercial arrangement.

1.     Request copies of insurance policies before the commencement of any work. Ideally you should attempt to get a copy of a Public Liability Insurance policy and a Workers Compensation Insurance policy at a minimum, to protect both people and property from injury and damage.

2.     Ask the hard questions. Find out whether the agency subcontracts the works or performs it in-house, and ask them whether or not a project specific SWMS will be provided before the commencement of work. It may also be worthwhile asking the firm to provide a sample of one that was used for a similar size and scoped project. Ideally any queries about their method of operations, or compliance with Victorian legislation, should be raised during the quotation stage. Builders should not assume that all cleaning contractors abide by the law, and where possible should go that extra mile to prevent a greater inconvenience further down the line. 

 3.   A sk the firm for a Scope of Works in regards to the clean. The reason for this is that a common industry term such as a 'builders clean' has no real definition and or requirements, and if you engage a firm on the basis of performing a builders clean with no further definition you risk the service being incomplete and or inadequate.

4.   Referrals.. Referrals... Referrals.   Asking a firm for some of its referrals / a list of clients can often indicate their skills and recognition in the construction cleaning market. The firm might have everything right on paper, but in action this could be a different case. By asking the cleaning firm for referrals, the prospective client can be rest assured that their are multiple builders that can vouch for its quality of service and competency. Generally speaking, referrals from larger builders should be weighted greater, as their is often a need for greater documentation and assurances. Furthermore, larger builders tend to work on more complicated and strenuous long-term projects, which require greater skill, resources and time management on behalf of their contractors .


It is important to keep in mind that the above information is personal opinion only, and that of Esicon Pty Ltd. All readers should seek to obtain independent legal advice before considering any commercial arrangement, and should not take the above information to be a substitute. Esicon does not guarantee the accuracy and reliability of this article, and any material contained on its website should be taken to be the same unless otherwise specified. We will not accept liability whatsoever in regards to a readers reliance on any of our information.

By Administration Team 28 Jun, 2017
At Esicon we've worked with all types, shapes and forms of construction companies. At the bottom end, we've worked with one-man construction companies and many shopfitters, whilst at the top we've worked with builders ranked within the largest 10 Australia-wide. 

Throughout the years we've noticed that their are many techniques, systems and processes that large commercial builders make wide-spread use of. Small and mid-tier construction firms on the other hand are often unaware that such methods are in place, which could greatly reduce their costs and improve efficiency, especially during the handover phase. 

"Stage Cleans" are one of these processes, and as the name suggests involves cleaning services being performed in multiple stages. The most common form is that of a 2-stage clean, but 3-stage and 4-stage have been implemented by Esicon on more complicated and substantial projects. For most of our clients however, a 2-stage clean is recommended, especially if you expect rectification work to be performed post your initial clean.


An example of a 2-stage clean is as follows: 

1.     Esicon performs a builders clean to leave the property ready for a client inspection. 

2.     The client performs an inspection of the property, and a defect list is provided to the builder who passes it on to their respective tradesman. Any trades who are required to rectify work will perform the rectifications prior to the secondary clean. 

3.     Once all rectifications have been complete, Esicon will perform a secondary clean of the premises to leave the property ready for handover. The secondary clean will focus on components such  as vacuuming, moping and any other minor / finishing works. 

4.     The property should now be ready for handover. 


The above is only an example  of a typical 2-stage clean, and as said before 3-stage and 4-stage cleans do exist and involve far more processes and planning. A 2-stage clean however would be sufficient for the far majority of projects, and can be tailored to reduce repetition of work where possible. Esicon understand that no two projects are the same, and by tailoring our 2-stage cleans to individual projects we are to provide a more efficient system to our clients providing benefits such as the following:

  • Lower cost of cleaning services as a result of minimising unnecessary repetition of works, and multiple site visits.  
  • An opportunity for tradesman to rectify work without disturbing a completed final clean. 

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