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What Does a Teenage Garage Cleaner do? 

As a garage cleaner, you will be responsible for the cleanliness and neatness of a garage, as the title suggests. That meaning you will be cleaning, restocking, organizing, inspecting, and repairing the garage. Basically, people’s garages can get quite dirty and messy and you will be the person who sorts it all out and returns the garage to a decent order. You’ll also be expected to report any damages to the garage, and you could also be required to do minor fixes. You can also offer other services while you are cleaning the garage, such as cleaning their house or tending to their lawn for an extra fee. You’ll spend a lot of time cleaning and carrying heavy objects around, so it’s helpful to be physically in shape to become a garage cleaner. Also, it’s preferable to not have allergies and to be resistant to dust, as you will be putting yourself in dusty situations a lot. You definitely don’t want to be sneezing for the entire time.

How Much Does a Teenage Garage Cleaner Get Paid?

As a garage cleaner, you can expect to earn somewhere between $10-$15 per hour.  The biggest issue with this type of work is that it will be harder to find a job.  The reason is because there aren’t many people who need garage cleaning often. But this is easily fixed since you can become a home cleaner in addition to being a garage cleaner. Also, it’s a very physical job where you have to do a lot of heavy-lifting and cleaning. But it’s a great way to get exercise while getting paid, and can also be a helpful life skill for one day you will have to do cleaning for yourself. If you start now, you’ll make a decent amount of cash and learn some skills while at it.

How Can I Get Started as a Teenage Garage Cleaner?

  1. Make sure that you speak to your parent(s) before trying to become a teen garage cleaner.  Doing so we’ll ensure your safety and they’ll likely be able to help you in your efforts.
  2. Before you begin, you’ll need to determine what services you can offer. To maximize your potential for earning money, you’ll want to add on more services. You can offer to clean their house after cleaning their garage for example. This way, you can make more money off the same client and you won’t have to go through the application process again. You can look at the following link for a checklist of things a homeowner must do when cleaning, and you can take any one of those things and offer it as a bonus task, of course for a small fee. Here is the checklist.
  3. Now that you’ve made a list of all the services you can offer, you’ll want to find a client. Your typical client won’t be a big business, so you won’t be able to find customers on huge business job finding websites. You’ll have better luck searching your neighborhood and posting fliers so that your neighbors know what you’re doing.  If that doesn’t work out too well for you, feel free to search places like Craigslist, where people will often post that they need help with things like this. Do a search there, and you’re bound to find some in your area. If you can’t find any, be sure to check back every day. Once you’ve had a list of all the positions available, you’ll want to move onto the next step quickly, since these offerings can disappear in days.
  4. You can now apply to the jobs. They will most likely interview you for the position, so you must be very careful here. Look here to find the interview tips that you need. When you’re being interviewed follow these steps, and you should succeed. It’s also good to prepare a reference when applying. Homeowners want good people to work for them, so you should get a reference to back up your statement that you are who you said in the interview.
  5. Congrats, you’re officially a garage cleaner. It might get dusty at times and your arms might hurt, but it’s great experience. You’ll become extremely fit in no time, and you’ll also know how to take care of yourself when you get older. You’ll learn the basics of cleaning, and so that won’t be a problem for you in the future.

<< Back to Summer Jobs For Teens Database

Helpful Resources

  • Craigslist.org:  A site where you can search for local dog walking opportunities.  We recommend that you work with people you already know, but this website will help if you don’t have anyone with dogs.
  • Homeowner Task Checklist:  This is a comprehensive list that shows all of the tasks homeowners do regularly.  Offer to do these tasks in addition to garage cleaning for more money.
  • Interview Tips:  If homeowners interview you to help them, this is what you need to know.

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