I was looking at my carpets last week and realizing that I had been putting them off way, way, way too long. It is just so much work to clean everything myself, and so expensive to have someone else do it. I have been “saving up” to rent a cleaner for a while now, and there just seem to be so many other priorities. I decided to finally just do something about it. My thought was to look online to see if someone was selling a good quality cleaner for the same price of renting so I didn’t have to do a 6-8 hour marathon shampoo without break so I could get the machine returned on time. If that failed, I’d try to find some neighbors to go in together.
I checked online, and while I didn’t find a machine for the price I liked, I did find someone local who was offering their initial cleaning on “barter.” I contacted them and quickly set up a time and a trade. Today my carpets got cleaned, and they have never looked better! I am thrilled with the job they did, and their prices for the next cleaning are the same price as renting a machine myself. I am so excited I will for sure use them again.
- Bartering Can Give a Big Boost to a Small Business (community.constantcontact.com)