The economic downturn and the decline of the housing market killed off many pool-cleaning business as homeowners cut back on expenses in order to continue making their outrageous mortgage payments.
The recession hasn’t been all bad news for pool cleaners, though. For some, business is booming:
In some areas, foreclosed homes with pools have become a source of potential new revenue for cleaners. That’s because cities have started to hold the lenders who own the homes responsible for pools that have become unsightly and insect havens.
“That’s kind of a nice market,” said Lance Sada, the owner and sole employee of A Clear Choice Pool & Spa Service in Menifee, Calif.
His business has also been bolstered by banks eager to unload some of the foreclosed homes in their portfolios. A clean pool, the banks reason, can make a property easier to sell in the current competitive market.
Sada, who has 98 pools on his route, has been so busy that he has been turning down work. The industry average is approximately 50 pools per full-time cleaner.
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