BY KEVIN WALTER, JR.
“Necessity is the mother of invention,” and the same is true when it comes to the foundation of entrepreneurship.
I lost my father (and best friend) to pancreatic cancer four years ago. He was a disabled Vietnam veteran, and he and I were planning to become business partners. His dream was to start a cleaning service and a home for disabled veterans.
After taking time to mourn, I began to explore his dream that eventually became mine. I needed a new challenge in life, and I wanted to find a productive way to honor my father’s legacy.
In the fall of 2015, I made the decision to start my own cleaning business. I did not know what that would look like, but after countless hours of research, I decided that a cleaning franchise would offer me the most advantages.
I wanted the support and the benefit of an established brand, but I also understood the importance of a protected territory. My research eventually lead me to Sears Maid Services.
I had no idea that Sears was in the cleaning business. I was intrigued because I was raised by parents and grandparents who trusted Sears for decades, but I was also initially apprehensive because I kept reading and hearing about the reported financial instability of Sears as a retailer.
I soon learned that the home services division of Sears is financially strong. After receiving that assurance, I contacted Sears with the intention of becoming a franchise owner and visited their corporate office for extensive training.
Once I committed to Sears, it felt like a perfect fit. In addition to having the support of a national brand, the entire borough of Queens was mine to service.
The majority of my customers were initially unaware of Sears Maid Services. People believe in the Sears name, the challenge is letting people know that Sears Maid Services exist. In addition, we need to show our added value compared to our competition.
While some people trade quality and security in exchange for cheap labor, our customers don’t. We cater to those who want the best cleaning service for their homes and families.
Our maids have a standard of excellence that is unsurpassed by any of our competitors. They are all professionally trained, background checked, insured and bonded. We provide exceptional cleaning and great customer service. Sears maids are courteous and punctual.
In addition to residential cleaning, we service commercial accounts as well. Whether it’s a house, apartment, office, school or church, we are equipped to handle all your specific cleaning needs.
Giving back is an important part of our business model, which is why Sears Maid Services has formed a partnership with “Cleaning for a Reason,” which provides free home cleaning for women undergoing cancer treatment.
I know firsthand how impactful even the smallest gesture of kindness can be to a person contending with an illness. As a franchise owner, I care about our customers and the community.
I was born in Queens and am a graduate of St John’s university. It’s my intention to let every Queens resident and business owner know how much we value your patronage. We understand the level of trust extended to us to enter your home or business. It is a responsibility that we will never take for granted.
Our estimators will come to your location free of charge and give you a thorough assessment of what a cleaning would cost and entail. We can design a tailored cleaning program to fit nearly any budget.
As part of the Sears guarantee, we stand behind our work. If any customer is unsatisfied within 24 hours, we will return to rectify the problem at no additional cost. Sears Maid Services is a recognized symbol of excellence in the cleaning industry.
I am proud to offer a 10 percent discount off any deep clean for Queens Chamber of Commerce members. I am especially honored to extend a 10 percent discount on deep cleanings for any of our military service men and women. We provide daily, weekly, biweekly and monthly cleaning services. One time move-in and move-out cleanings are available as well.
For more information, please contact us at (718) 527-0370 or searsmaidservices.com.