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How Water Restrictions affect Window Cleaners

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This summer North America has experienced record setting temperatures and right now Vancouver is experiencing the driest and hottest summer on record. Since Vancouver has limited water storage capacity, there is a fear that the water we have in our reserves will not be sufficient to last us until the rainy season from September to November. Droughts are a result of excessive heat and abnormal amounts of low rainfall. Years ago this wasn’t a problem, but recent population growth in the Lower Mainland has led to increased demand for water. City of Vancouver

The high summer temperatures are also contributing to the devastating growth of wildfires across British Columbia, leading the province to burn through three times the wildfire budget.

Due to the current situation, the city of Vancouver has imposed stringent water conservation measures to limit the amount of water use across Metro Vancouver. Stage 3 water restrictions are now in effect which means that as window cleaners we are not allowed to use treated drinking water to clean windows for aesthetic purposes.

WATER RESTRICTIONS AND THE WINDOW CLEANING BUSINESS 

In a situation like this, as a society everyone needs to do pitch in and participate.   Vancouverites all across the city are forgoing the aesthetics of watering their lawns, their gardens and being extremely mindful of water consumption. There are fines of $250 for those who don’t follow the restrictions and if that fails online shaming and apps are out there to report people who are watering their lawns. #Grassholes

The efforts are being recognized as we are seeing that Metro Vancouver’s consumption is now below the targeted levels which means that if everyone manages to maintain their water usage at this level that we will be able to make it until Fall without any rain.

So what happens when keeping things clean is part of your business? What happens when you have a team of 20 employees who depend on their paycheque to feed their families?
Typically summer is the busiest time for window cleaners. And window cleaners and pressure washers alike are feeling the heat. Business is dropping straight across the board and companies are looking at ways to keep afloat during this challenging time for cleaners.

From the beginning, we at Black Tie had decided not to put all our eggs in one basket. The strategy to diversify our services in exterior maintenance has benefited us and has lessened the pain. Currently we are in the process of building our offices so while we have a shortage of work, we are able to employ our crew in different areas.

Everyone is taking the water saving initiatives very seriously and that is one of the things I have always admired about Vancouver. It’s a green city and environmentalism has always been an important issue. Since the stage 3 restrictions, all window cleaning has come to a standstill.

 

 

 

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Things you wish you could have said … Happy Friday!

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Hiring Superstar Window Cleaners

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Passionate about cleaning windows? If yes, we’d love to hear from you.

We’re always looking for dedicated, passionate people to join our team and grow within our company.

Matrix style jump skills are not a requirement but if you got em’, we’d definitely like to see them 🙂 

Please contact us here.

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Adorable kitten ‘helps’ clean windows

Wouldn’t it be great if we had cute helpers like this lil’ guy to get us through every work day?

HAPPY FRIDAY!

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Black Tie empowers youth with Junior Achievement BC

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Last week, Phyllis and Sebastien went to A.R. MacNeil Secondary and volunteered their time to “Empower young people to own their economic success.”  “Junior Achievement (JA) is the world’s largest not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating young people about business. With over 120 charters worldwide, JA brings a global view of business to local communities. They partner with educators, donors and volunteers to bring a real world experience into the classroom. Their programs give students the confidence and skills they need to become the next generation of business and community leaders. ”

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Here’s what Sebastien Nault, owner of Black Tie Property Services has to say about his volunteer experience.

“Volunteering for JA is a rewarding experience because it gives you an opportunity to connect with youth.  Every time I enter the classroom, I am impressed by how smart these kids are and how much they know.  I wish that I had someone to explain money management to me at their age, because it would have saved me a lot of trouble and heartache.  The main reason I volunteer with JA is so I can share my firsthand experience, and so that these kids can learn from my mistakes. “

We had such a great time volunteering with youth that we created this list to share with you:

5 reasons volunteering is awesome!

1. It’s for a good cause: It’s rewarding to know that something you do can contribute to helping others.  It’s these actions that give you those warm and fuzzy feelings.

2. Community and Connections: Through volunteerism, you have the opportunity to create connections with people of all different age groups and backgrounds over a higher purpose.  Something bigger than yourself.

3. Knowledge & Learning: There’s always opportunity to gain experience and learn more about a specified area, possibly about yourself and also about other people.

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4. Fun: Volunteering is a fun way to explore your interests and passions.  It can be an interesting and meaningful way to spend your time and gain new experiences.

5. It can make you happier: Studies have shown that volunteering can give you the feeling of having more time (oddly enough), create social bonds to make you feel more loved and give you greater satisfaction in life.  You can read more on that here:  http://blog.movingworlds.org/volunteering-makes-you-happier/

Hope you enjoyed reading this post.  If you had a great volunteer experience you’d like to share, we’d love to hear from you!

 

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Check out our shiny new website!

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We are pleased to announce the fresh redesign of our new website. Our initial site was set up 4 years ago, when we were just getting started, so we had to rely on a lot of stock photography. Now that we are more established, we have plenty of great shots and videos of our staff in action, and we used those to brighten up the new site. Please check it out for yourself!

We are a young, dynamic and we are growing. We are local. We are Vancouver.
And we love Instagram! In fact, we are hoping to feature one of the most exciting Instagram feed in Vancouver, showcasing a unique perspective of our beautiful city, taken by our staff on the various jobs they are working on.

We hope you enjoy exploring the new site, that you find what you need &
share it with your people. Please let us know what you think here.

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Happy Friday Everyone!

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Job Alert: Black Tie is Hiring!

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Are you looking to join a young, dynamic & fun company?  Are you hardworking, ambitious and looking for a job with room for advancement?   Black Tie is a fast growing, local Vancouver company, who is always looking for great people to join our team.  We specialize in in window cleaning and exterior building maintenance.  We take pride in the training and development of our team.

We have full-time positions from April to November, potentially ongoing throughout winter for the following jobs:

Experienced Rope-Access Technicians – Window Cleaning

Requirements:

  • SPRAT or IRATA Level 1 or higher
  • Minimum 6 months experience in window cleaning and power washing
  • High-Rise painting experience not necessary but considered an asset
  • Computer literacy and daily access to Internet connection (ability to fill out online work reports and communicate fluently in English via email).
  • Willingness to be open to different assignments given, including occasional swing stage work and post-construction window cleaning.
  • Positive attitude and proven customer service track record
  • Clean appearance, punctuality and all the usual expectations.

Building Maintenance Ground Crew – Power Washing and Window Cleaning

Requirements:

  • Minimum 6 months experience in window cleaning and power washing (desirable but not necessary, as training will be provided for the right candidate)
  • Ability to maneuver ladders up to 32′ and water-fed poles up to 50′ water fed pole and post-construction window cleaning
  • Positive attitude and post-construction window cleaning.
  • Clean appearance, punctuality and all the usual expectations.

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If you fit the above requirements, please send your resume via email to info@blacktieservices.ca  And please feel free to share this with anyone who might be interested.  Compensation will vary according to experience.  Applicants who meet all requirements may even qualify for a signing bonus. Message us if you’d like more information on our fair and competitive compensation structure.

Don’t delay, Apply today.  We would love to hear from you!

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Happy Easter Everyone!

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Happy April Fool’s Day!

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April Fools day is an age old tradition that gives pranksters an entire day to play tricks on each other.  And the person who has been fooled, you guessed it is  is called the “April fool.”

On this day and any other day, Black Tie continues to go to great lengths to do the opposite … We strive make to make our customers look great by maintaining a high level of integrity, under promising & over delivering, and providing the highest standard in window cleaning.  The only way you would be made to look like a fool is if you didn’t choose us.

Co-workers though are fair game.  Happy Foolin’!

 

 

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