Power Washing – Does Size Matter?

Power Washing – Are Larger Projects Better?

power washing scope - sweeping.comOur society likes big things, for example, big cars, big boats, big movies (with lots of load explosions!).

The general public often thinks that bigger means better. You’ve heard the saying, “go big or go home”.  Businesses use this saying to imply that it’s better to make big commitments than offer a half hearted effort.

But going “big” is not always the most effective approach. Unfortunately, there are many circumstances where bigger is not always better.  Think about big mistakes or big decisions gone bad.  These big things are not always welcome.

When it comes to power washing, the size of the project is not as important as careful preparation and skillful execution.

Power Washing – Big Projects Need Big Preparation

The bigger the power washing project, the more time is needed for careful preparation. Flawless execution is also required, however, it much easier to accomplish when the right people are doing the right things according to plan.

This is why the success of power washing projects is measured by scope, not size.  The power washing project that involves a stand alone conference center has a smaller scope than power washing the homes in a 240 unit residential community.

Power Washing – Scope of Work

It is especially important to spend time walking a property, talking with affected property users (notice I don’t say property owners…although they are important too) and identifying the logistics of the project.

The impact on property users (shop owners, homeowners, tenants, etc.) is particularly important.  The reason for this focus is that property owners are usually held responsible for any real (or perceived) inconvenience caused by mishaps or miscalculations during the project execution

Power Washing – Scope Questions

Although this is not an exhaustive list, these questions help identify the scope of the power washing project:

Before the Project

  • Who is in charge of the project?  What is the scope of their authority (full, partial, advisory)?
  • What is the size of the property? Whats the total square footage of area to be cleaned?
  • Who needs to receive communications? About what?  How often?  Who is responsible to communicate?
  • What are the specific responsibilities for project executions?  Who is going to do what and when?
  • What are the safety requirements?  For the property, property users and workers?
  • How many workers are needed?  What is the breakdown of workgroups and supervisors for the project?
  • What materials are needed?  How much?  When are they needed?  Who is in charge of ordering, storing and maintaining material?
  • What equipment is needed?  How many?  When are they needed?  Who is in charge of ordering, storing and maintaining equipment?

During the Project

  • How much time is allotted for project completion?  What is the deadline? What are the contingencies for weather. materials or equipment delays?
  • What are the contingencies for weather, materials or equipment delays?
  • Who needs to receive communications about unforeseen circumstances?  Who is responsible to communicate?
  • Where will materials and equipment be stored before the project?  During the project?
  • How will materials and equipment be handled during the project?
  • How will safety be monitored during the project?  How will safety violations be handled?  By whom?

After the project

  • Who will conduct the final inspection?  What will evidence project completion?
  • How will final inspections be communicated?  To whom?  Who is responsible to communicate?
  • What follow-up will be conducted to ensure client satisfaction?
  • Who needs to receive followup communications? Who is responsible to communicate?

Power Washing Project Bottom Line

As you can see from the scope questions, successful power washing project execution is based on careful planning and consistent communication.

Do you have a large power washing project on the horizon? Looking for advice on power washing?  Not sure about the need for power washing?

Have a look at our article – Powerwashing – What’s The Purpose

Give us a call at 732-886-1940, we’ll give the facts you need for effective, efficient power washing.

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