Suicide cleanup by a family member comes at an emotional cost in most cases. Spending money on a suicide cleanup comes at an emotional and physical cost for some families. I'm priced for families, although I still charge as much as $1000 for some suicide cleanup services. Most often my fees rise as the distance that I drive increases.
Southern California suicide cleanup fees remain below and well below $1,000 in most cases. I should note that suicide by a powerful weapon, like a shotgun or deer rifle sometimes costs a couple hundred dollars more, sometimes. It depends on circumstances. I choose not to explain those circumstances here out of a sense of propriety.
Central and Northern California blood cleanup fees do cost near $1,000. There's no way around it; I must cover my travel, wear-and-tear on my vehicles, myself, and room-and-board. Just the same, I guarantee my work. I will return. You have my promise, my guarantee in writing. It's good in any small claims court. Simply threaten me by saying that you'll "Go to another biohazard cleanup company" and you've got me. A court will charge me the cost of the other company's services.
I'm not concerned about this sort of matter anyway. Any type of death cleanup deserves very special care and concern, least of all a guarantee. What sort of person would renege on a completed blood cleanup guarantee? For me, it's a matter of integrity and business ethics. Besides, we're talking about death and families with serious issues. Count on my service.
Some people do not choose my service because I'm not "local." I understand. I should note that I've cleaned in 24 states, and as I recall, I've traveled across the United States to reach suicide cleanup work. I once flew to Dulles International Airport, caught a cab to a small farm in Maryland, and from there drove to Northern New York State. Their I cleaned up a suicide and saved the home owner a bundle of money.
Yes, I made money, and you know I had to charge much more than $1,000. Still, I made enough money to justify the trip; besides, on the return trip I went into my old-guy retired routine. I flew home, the wife picked me up at the airport, and I had hundreds of dollars clear in my wallet. Of course, air fairs were lower in those days, gas too. I learned to sleep in my van.
I use toilets for disposing of blood and other potentially infectious materials (OPIM), by the way. I've learned what to do so that I do not need to carry biohazards onto public streets. Sometimes I must do so, though, which works well in California because I have a biohazard transport company pick it up.
I gauge my work by my telephone conversations for prospective biohazard cleanup clients. If it's clear that I'll have material that I cannot fully alter, then I don't take the work unless it's local, like within 12 hours drive time. This does not happen often. Bleach and toilets work well. I also have proprietary practices.
Families in trouble are one of the reasons that I continue to do this work year after year. I've never found work that produces so much gratitude from other people as suicide cleanup, but for other types of death cleanup. Families appreciate my work and my prices.
Like other biohazard cleanup practitioners and company owners, I also accept homeowners insurance. My prices remain low, in any case. This is how I found work in other states. Not all buildings have insurance coverage for suicides. Their owners prefer to pay out-of-pocket than invoke their home owners or tenant insurance policies.
Eddie Evans, biohazard cleanup
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