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  2. Hey all, I finally got around to posting in this section! If you are looking for a website for your business, need advice, hosting website maintenance or design give me a shout or visit my site. https://thrivewp.com If you have wordpress related questions then you can by all means create a topic in this section and I will see how I can help.
  3. RWCleaning

    Help on starting up

    @JJ1997 it’s good you’re considering window cleaning, it’s not easy, especially the first 12-18 months. Like most businesses a start up budget is key, if you have a car and have £300/£400, you can buy a pole, back pack, little fold up ladder, traditional gear for maybe some downstairs windows or any internal windows & 6 25L containers to store your water. Then you’ll need to buy pure water from some where. There is Spotless water in Basingstoke I’m sure. Have a look. If not a little Ro & Di vessel (to make pure water) may cost you an extra £200 or so. If you WANT to do this you can. Also @Part Timer is very helpful and friendly on here, and he wasn’t giving ‘life advice’ you just didn’t make it easy for yourself by your first couple of posts on here. But long term if you invest in a couple/few grand in the short/long term you can earn £30 per hour not working really hard. Some earn a lot more apparently, especially in commercial properties or special add on services on domestic houses. Do you work already JJ?
  4. Guys, I’m fairly new to this business, I did take quite bit of notice of the forum going back a few months and did post a little hello. I got a great welcome, well wishes and some cracking advice/direction. Just not been on much at all for the past 3 months since starting up purely because of time. But a while ago I saw somebody post about their experience since starting up and thought I’d do similar. If I can help other guys thinking of getting started or those who’ve started and need a bit of reassurance, encouragement or whatever then great. The really bit of great of advice a few of you guys gave me before I started was to focus on getting a solid round of windows going. In my welcome post I spoke of wanting to offer a variety of external property cleaning/maintenance services. And the sensible and logical advice I got did exactly that – it helped me focus. I was and still am in a slightly different position to most starting out – in that I’ve got a decent, well paid job and work continental 4 on 4 off shifts. Which gives me 4 day blocks, a lot of it in the week, to be able to build up my business. Plus the safety net, that after 24 years with the company, most of it as a manager, that they have to make me redundant in September. My department is closing but others are opening. So, although I’ve focused on the windows, when I’ve been asked to clear gutters, clean fascias, soffits or whatever, I’ve not said no. The meat and potatoes of what I want to get over is this. Starting up was daunting, it was different, it was unknown and after working most of my life at the same place, in the same extremely secure job I was so unsure how things would play out. I had a plan, some targets and an idea of where I was heading. It was fairly ambitious. Not because I’m greedy. But because I felt I had to be ambitious, to try and ensure as best as I could that things for my family didn’t change now or in the future. That I could swap one good secure income for another with as little problems as possible. And I’m glad to say I’m on the way. I’ve got my 100th customer on Friday after just over 3 months in the business. A lovely lady popped over the road as I was finishing a job and wanted a window cleaner as her last one ‘disappeared’! A common theme I’ve found! I haven’t actively tried myself to find new customers for over 3 weeks now. Purely because the way it’s growing there’s no way I can make it until September and sustain the windows and a full time job. In the last 3 weeks I’ve acquired 25 new customers. In the first 2 months I’d done some door knocking but not advertised anywhere. No social media and no internet presence either. Part of my plan was to be old fashioned in my approach and have a reputation based on word of mouth and that it would spread. And it has! 2 things that stand out. Firstly and I really don’t mean this in an arrogant or cocky way. Getting customers, making them happy customers, retaining them and have them recommend you is, in my opinion, so unbelievably easy I can scarcely believe it! And most of it doesn’t cost a penny! Being professional, polite, communicative, reliable, trustworthy, honest and complete the service your customers are paying you for. All of those things come quite naturally to me and all I feel all I’ve done is be me. I don’t want to say anything disparaging about the competition and I won’t. Other than I’m picking up work that they very easily could too. I truly hope none of the guys are struggling to make a living at this because they really shouldn’t be! Two things that have come up in various conversations with customers that I’ve stressed I’m not prepared to do. Undercut or try and steal away other window cleaners business. So politely declined a few times to quote when somebody has stated they already have a window cleaner and they’re trying to lure me by also telling me what they currently pay. Or if they tell me they have a window cleaner I wish them a good day and leave it there. I really wish all the other guys the best and welcome the competition. Particularly if it drives up standards and customer service. Secondly. The way I feel about what I’ve created is difficult to put in to words! In a good way! I’ve had 24 years working for what was once a great people company. They’ve grown substantially in that time but it’s no longer a people company, it’s a numbers company. So when I decided to start a window cleaning business I wanted create something I wanted and something that would give me a whole range of things including happiness. To have great, warm, amicable relationships with the people I was working for. I also wanted to be my own boss, to work outside, in a more physical job, not stuck behind a monitor in a badly air conditioned office! I wanted to have more flexibility in when I worked and have a better work life balance so I could have a lot more quality time with my 2 little ones. Window cleaning is giving me all of that. And much more. Cups of tea are flying at me, biscuits, pieces of cake and a warmness that I’d hoped for but wasn’t sure existed. It’s been truly amazing what’s happened so far. If I was a pessimistic person I’d maybe feel it could only go one way now! And I’m sure there will be bumps in the road. There’s already been a few! So if you’re thinking of starting, have started but can’t get the traction or whatever stage you’re at keep going. There’s definitely more than enough work out there. And a successful business is only a good chunk of hard graft away. The one thing I will add, in case anyone is thinking this sounds easy! As explained I’ve got a full time job, I’ve got a wife and 2 young kids, god forbid a bit of a social life and there’s only so much time in a day! With the amount of work I’m getting through and in the thorough and professional way I’m going about it I am absolutely knackered. Bordering on exhausted. Which is another consideration for being careful how many customers I take on while I carry on at my other job. But it’s only for a little while longer. But yeah, a combination of using your brain and working your socks off clearly works! As time becomes more prevalent later this year I hope to engage more with the forum. Because I will say that it’s full of smart cookies who know this business. It’s clearly also full of decent guys who want to help others when/where they can. Which I've certainly found useful and appreciate. Good luck guys Andy
  5. JJ1997

    Help on starting up

    Hi yeh can see there a cheaper route or an expensive route , my mum nagged me to ask on here as she said that her friend knows a window cleaner who does alright apparently but not that in Basingstoke cheers for some of the helpful comments I’m gonna look into it mor but Part timer definitely don’t need life advice from a part timer window cleaner like you lol
  6. My water comes up with 104mg but not sure what TDS that actually is? How long roughly does your 25 litre last for? 1 house half house From what I know I don’t think there is any pure water places near me atm but I know that spotless container company are putting some up near me but doesn’t say when, not really sure how to find out if anyone else does it near me
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  8. Viggers

    Pole Hose..........

    Great thanks for the heads up.😀
  9. Doddy111

    Pole Hose..........

    Another vote for the exceed hose can’t fault it
  10. marc674

    Pole Hose..........

    Have been using pole hose from Ex-ceed innovation and can't fault it
  11. 58000 miles 06plate hardly used loaded van with brushes everything HASTINGS £6995
  12. Cookie

    Pole Hose..........

    In my experience Gardiner's green PU hose seems to coil up and tangle easily. I would recommend Ex-ceed Innovation for pole hose.
  13. Hi, just wondering if anyone has discovered any decent pole hose. need to kit out a couple of poles with 30m each. whats that green pu hose from gardiners like any good??? Any feedback would be appreciated. TIA
  14. paul alan

    Rinse bar tecnique video

    Yes, I work at a more slow and controlled pace with the rinse bar. When working with a regular brush I go into auto mode, I work fast because that's how I have conditioned myself over the years. My brain is not really engaged in what I'm doing because its automatic, I am prone to the odd mistake and when I think about it I'm going so quick and I'm over scrubbing, so I'm probably only achieving as much as I would if I slowed down and became mindful. Using the rinse bar you are engaging the brain more and the body less, There are some house I do that have a lot of large upstairs panes and take a lot of effort to hold off and rinse, the rinse bar cuts the effort way down. One house I did this week has a lot of large windows and no matter how I cleaned it previously I couldn't do it any quicker than 25 minutes of full-on scrubbing and rinsing, it was hard work, the 14" rinse bar did it in 20 minutes and I still felt fresh at the end of it. The scrubbing is slower and more controlled, but what your gaining is not then having to stand there and hold the brush off for a rinse phase, that's where you gain water and lose fatigue. There are some houses where you dont gain much time with the bar, just super easy windows to clean can be done with the regular set-up. I reckon though, everyone will have at least a couple of house where they will be astonished at the difference.
  15. DrGonzoSnr

    Lead generation

    Why not create a Google Adwords account? You can then pay for your website to be at the top of the google search results when people who live in the area you cover search for "windowcleaner". This will cost you tuppence and is **** easy to do. You then just need a contact form on your website, if you don't already have one, for people to fill in and it's a good idea to have your guide price list on the website also to reduce time wasters.
  16. Incheck

    Customers windows cleaned by another windy 😂

    Word, too much money involved it it all now. Still, at least Cardiff went out with a bang, 2-0 away at united happy days 😎
  17. Iron Giant

    New Gardiner Toy - Jet Capsules

    Great idea to a point @Alex Gardiner will the new set up become standard across the whole brush range if so I will have to stock up on a lifetimes supply of brushes as they simply aren't for me using a much smaller pencil jet 🙂
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  19. Carts69

    Roof tile cleaning

    Yes it’s a new roof, just dust from cutting
  20. Pjj

    Roof tile cleaning

    Yes Virosol will be fine on them but will not remove moss licken or any other heavy biological dirt , if it’s just general dust then a light rub with wfp and tap water will probably remove it
  21. CHWS

    Rinse bar tecnique video

    My digital is on 80 so we must be similar. Is there a noticeable difference in fatigue at the end of the day also with speed
  22. Carts69

    Roof tile cleaning

    Just wondering if virosol is safe to use on roof tiles, think they are slate... can’t quite remember, it’s a new roof & the customer wants the dust cleaned from it because the roofers cut the tiles up there, the rain has failed to clean it, it’s only a low roof that I can reach with my telescopic ladders, will a weak virosol through a back pack be ok to use?
  23. brianbadonde

    This made me chuckle!

    I wonder if it’s anyone on here........ 😀
  24. spruce

    New Gardiner Toy - Jet Capsules

    .... and from Alex's point it also makes assembly of bushes much quicker as the jets don't have to be pressed in. The downside is that its extra tooling for brush heads that will push the price of the brushes up to us the consumer. The jets are also a lot more (higher cost) per set than the old brass jets.
  25. paul alan

    14" Extreme with rinse bar (video)

    You do need a good flow, for the 32 jet anyway, Gardiners recommend 2.5-3 ltrs per minute, I think thats roughly what I'm using. You do save water in the long run though, there will be a learning curve though.
  26. Nudel

    New Gardiner Toy - Jet Capsules

    I usually disconnect the hose from the t split and suck the debree out. If that doesn't help a bit of compressed air or a needle does the trick.
  27. DeLaCruz

    14" Extreme with rinse bar (video)

    ACurrently using 18’ xtreme with a 35 xtreme medium and natural hybrid brush - its a really nice combo and light enough to use on a small job daily basis. Have a question about water flow volume - what kind is flow should I be looking for from the rinse bar (only using the bar in its own atm haven’t combined it with the pencil jets yet as waiting for a 4-way connector delivery ) - do the jets need to clear the top of the brush for the efficient rinse off ? And do you guys run tests on your flow by testing at home and then be able to calculate how long your tank will last at your ideal full flow ? I get worried about using too much aqua on this setup - any advice much appreciated thanks I advance
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