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  1. THL4KEL

    Ohh that's a bit steep !!

    Walk away.... Your quote was well under priced.
    7 points
  2. Incheck

    What is wrong with people!

    Never mind not going back dude i’d be kicking up a stink letting her know exactly what i think of her. That’s really disrespectful and dangerous man. Irresponsible as well. i once had a lady who let her toddler out to run around the garden with a lightsaber Or something while i was up on the flat roof cleaning a roof lantern. I had the hose unravelled and the ladder up. What if hed tripped on the hose or sent the ladder crashing? Who would she be screaming at then. You’ve gotta wonder if some people are born with a brain. Feel sorry for the little uns when the parents are so air headed.
    5 points
  3. Incheck

    Some people !!!!

    You’ve got to be careful with walk ups, we’ve had every trick in the book played on us. One bloke walked up, asked for a clean said his wife was in to pay, give her a knock when your done...heard that one before, gave a knock before cleaning as it was suspect. Nobody home. Bye bye. Another one came out & she asked for a clean front and back, seemed like a nice enough lady but when it came to paying no cash on her so text her the bank details on the doorstep, no payment made, chased it up, then stuck a notice on the upstairs window where they could never reach it to take it off, p
    5 points
  4. Dave B

    What is wrong with people!

    Show no fear and it's fine. The worst thing to do is panic and try to get away. I got grief off a customer once for shouting very loudly at her mastiff to **** off. Only way to get him to stop was to shout over it and make him know you're not intimidated.
    5 points
  5. Baldmonkey

    Advertising Question.

    The simple truth is that unless you are some scroaty ladder monkey who just wants to rip people off and only cares about his next beer or line of coke, then yes you should always turn out in a well presented, logo'ed uniform at all times
    4 points
  6. Pjj

    Advertising Question.

    I think it’s worth having it yes it makes you look more professional and sets you apart from the doleys I don’t ware it for shopping unless I have to go in the supermarket during the working day , definitely get a van sign written as well best advertising money you will ever spend .
    4 points
  7. P4dstar

    Can growth be all year round rather than the summer ?

    People shouldn’t take life so seriously. No one gets out alive in the end anyway
    4 points
  8. P4dstar

    Can growth be all year round rather than the summer ?

    I have 550 customers and I only started 3 years ago so I can confirm It's completely doable. One thing I will say is I don't understand why people get into arguments about who is bulling or not. Like why do you all care? Believe @Pjjor don't. Either way your business is where it is and something someone says makes no difference to that. being right or wrong about the size of someone else's business won't do anything positive for your life you miserable bunch of turds
    4 points
  9. NewGuy

    Newbie ,looking at getting started

    Personally speaking, if you can get a van with your redundancy, I would do so. I've seen people working out of cars and it does not look fun at all and could lead to disillusionment quite quickly. You will run out of space, 4 barrels will not be enough. Can you really fit two trolleys in as well? Your car will get ruined with dampness. But I understand some people start out this way due to finances being tight and good on them for starting out this way. Ditto the above advice, I would just focus on mastering window cleaning for now, along with cleaning of gutters, fascias and s
    3 points
  10. Apw1210

    Newbie ,looking at getting started

    It may of been already covered, further into your journey as a business please please don't put a 500L tank in the back and fasten it down with two suitcase straps You'll be surprised how often we have to politely inform others of dangerous installations
    3 points
  11. Part Timer

    Winter water fed pole tank

    Fill your van up as late as possible the night before, water should be around 8 degrees, and stick an oil filled rad in. Worked for 9 years for me, except the really bad 2011! winter
    3 points
  12. Bwfc

    Rival tricks to get customers

    Biggest three things to be a good window cleaner. 1. Genuine 2. Reliable 3. Do a good job
    3 points
  13. Davy G

    Capacity for business

    If you can't get sound advice from an experienced local windy then I would say trial and error pricing. It's not as difficult as it sounds except in the very beginning. Aim for an acceptance ratio of about 80% would be my advice. Do not be tempted to price low for the sake of picking up work. Hold your nerve, it will pay off. Charging low, it could be too difficult to raise prices for a long time after and it would be unfair to those who have built up their businesses Start with the mindset that you are a professional providing a professional service and charging accordingly. That's what
    3 points
  14. ched999uk

    Capacity for business

    Are you winning 100% of quotes? If so you are too cheap! If less than 25% too expensive
    3 points
  15. Alex Gardiner

    Gardiner Backpack

    Hi Hyzer Most likely cause is either a loose wire or a broken wire - if you remove the base (6 screws) and remove the battery tray (4 screws) then this will allow you to find which wire is loose. It most probably will be either a wire to the switch or to the pump that has come loose. Here is a wiring diagram for backpacks with Twist Connections The other thing to check is that the pump isn't 'not switching on' because the water in the hose has reached pressure and cannot move because the pole connector is not properly engaged and connected. If you are using the backpack with a H
    3 points
  16. Dave B

    What is wrong with people!

    That's the pack mentality. He is looking after another member of the pack.
    3 points
  17. Part Timer

    Some people !!!!

    I think you've read more into this then @sprucehas actually said. The only thing he's questioned is the upkeep of the windows, he never questioned her integrity. You thought it was judgmental and he replied with his reasoning.
    3 points
  18. Stevieboy

    Some people !!!!

    That’s when it’s handy to have a card machine in your pocket. I’ve got no cash, well just tap your card on here then. Paid. Got your money no chasing. Worth the surcharge for piece of mind.
    3 points
  19. Pjj

    Work/training/trial

    Like you say location and competition are key to earning £300 per day , a very short and relaxed days work would fetch £250 - 275 hear a 6-8 hour day would be £300-350 achievable every day if you crack on and have good work and compact rounds , the above figures would be for a sole trader , but I know a lot that earn half theses figures per day and work very hard , but they undervalue there services and are way to cheap , I know one guy who starts at 8 am and finishes at 17:00 5 days a week and earns less than £100 per day as he charges £3:50 to £4:0 per house , total madness , but he says wa
    3 points
  20. dazmond

    Remote Flow Controllers, are they worth it?

    Absolutely no need for a remote controller....buy a univalve instead.....instant water control at the tug of your pole hose...much more effective and much cheaper too....
    3 points
  21. ched999uk

    Some people !!!!

    One off and some. If it was a one off and urgent give her a BIG price and if she bites happy days. If not no problem.
    3 points
  22. Incheck

    Customer soon crying scratched glass?

    Just to say guys...there’s a thing called hailstones that happen once or twice a year, all those hailstones are more than likely to cause dozens of minor scratches. Not to mention birds hitting windows, pets scratching at doors and windows, all the **** the wind blows at them. Manufacturing and transportation defects. Taking all of this in to consideration how could someone ever pin scratching on a window cleaner Agreeing with the other guys yes if someone was behaving in that manner they would be getting dropped. Odd behaviour is usually a sign of bad news further down the line.
    3 points
  23. sundance

    Can growth be all year round rather than the summer ?

    Nothing same old haters looking to pick holes and put successful guys down offering sound advice ( that could help grow business ) puts you off posting and getting involved in the bull
    3 points
  24. spruce

    Customer soon crying scratched glass?

    But this isn't an actual problem, its a perceived one; by the window cleaner. @Azz1, just carry on and react when a problem or issue actually arises. They could just be of that race that don't trust you to do a good job and need to keep checking. You just can't second guess a customer. You have the advise from @Master Jedi Alejandro; if you aren't happy with the customer intrusions then call it quits.
    3 points
  25. Martyn

    Are back packs really enough?

    Backpacks are great for those occasional awkward access jobs but a lot of hard work for constant use.
    3 points
  26. wee man

    Resin recommendations

    It's not cheap anymore, mine was £180 for two bags.
    2 points
  27. TWC

    Winter water fed pole tank

    A lot of people swear by putting an oil filled rad in the van overnight. Personally ive fitted a tap on my tank so when it’s going to be really cold I just turned the tap off and put the pumps on full to push as much water out of my hoses as possible. Then just cover the reels and controllers with an old sleeping bag in case there’s a small amount of water left in them. I also take my poles in as the univalves can freeze and battery out as the cold won’t do it any favours
    2 points
  28. Suhrly

    Running out of vision

    Said it a million times on here. In my humble opinion...it's a scam and belongs in the bin. I didn't spend 4K+ on equipment to produce pure water, only to bang in **** and clog up the bottom of the tank and pump. If it works for you though, awesome
    2 points
  29. sundance

    Newbie ,looking at getting started

    You are picking the hardest time to start mid November, but if you can get it going then you will make it. The response when dropping leaflets in the winter months is worst many people will keep and ring in the spring. Many guys love the Facebook route me personally complete waste of my time ( too many time wasters ) Good luck
    2 points
  30. CraigC

    Newbie ,looking at getting started

    Only been at it 2 months myself now but what Alejandro says here is the biggest issue I faced initially. Unless you're exceptionally lucky most of your first cleans won't have been cleaned in years and it can take a long time, lots of effort and pure water to do each first clean. Once you get to repeat visits it's so much easier. You'll be mixing maybe 2-3 first cleans in alongside your regulars. You just need to get past that initial hump. Get yourself a quality flyer designed/printed and deliver it in your neighborhood. I'm always being told by new clients they haven't seen th
    2 points
  31. I'm the same its ever 4 weeks but I just call it monthly ( always have)
    2 points
  32. Iron Giant

    Rival tricks to get customers

    I agree with both of you if we are all doing this then then no matter what some one knocking doors says to our custys they won't jump ship, so all of us been all of the above have nothing to worry about.
    2 points
  33. AGlassAct

    Gutter camera advice please

    Go pro. Two spare batteries on constant charge in the van (via additional USB socket in back). Simple as.
    2 points
  34. ks789

    Rival tricks to get customers

    Another reason its always good to get on well with customers and have a little chat. I know many wont have time for this but I manage ok. Makes it less likely you'd get dumped for a johny come lately.
    2 points
  35. ks789

    Upto 50 customers

    I got one thats about 25 separate windows, each comprising about 30 georgian panes. And the pita is, I have to trad it as they didnt like the previous wfp guys work. I would've turned it down if I'd been full of work. charged 80 for about 2 1/2 hours so nothing special but I actually like the job, the nice surroundings etc.
    2 points
  36. spruce

    Rival tricks to get customers

    Those type of sales tactics are popular with door to door salesmen in the United States. The idea is to create a bit of drama to gain the customers attention.
    2 points
  37. johnny bravo

    Rival tricks to get customers

    thats why my customer told me, he was shocked at his tactics. made no difference, simply told him he wont change.. he did not like his attitude to try and get work.
    2 points
  38. Neil.. Lancashire

    Rival tricks to get customers

    I'm not sure they will get very far with those tactics, most customers will think there being to cocky and wont like it!
    2 points
  39. Pjj

    Some people !!!!

    I don’t think @dazmond was being the slightest bit offensive in his comments he was just expressing how he feels from his experience with certain ethnic groups and he is right certain cultures do try and barter with you that’s the way they are that’s not a derogatory comment , us brits are known for our stiff upper lip approach to life that also isn’t derogatory, I think this political correctness has gone way to far overboard and ones cannot open there mouths without being falsely accused of racism , I treat all ethnicity groups the same there are some English I won’t work for as well as all
    2 points
  40. dazmond

    Remote Flow Controllers, are they worth it?

    Each to their own but I've never had a major problem with hose twisting with hot water....also if your getting too much pressure build up you just need to lower your calibration settings on your controller a bit......a remote fob wouldn't work with my set up as I use a 9kw diesel heater to heat my water....I'd be forever switching my heater off!
    2 points
  41. Den

    Advertising Question.

    I have my two strands of hair shaved weekly for the ladies important o look after yourself.
    2 points
  42. Doddy111

    Work/training/trial

    Cheers mate it is hard work but I love it.. Anytime it gets difficult I just think back to the jobs I’ve had working long hours for **** money that soon sorts me right out
    2 points
  43. Pjj

    Work/training/trial

    Well done just goes to prove what can be done with a bit of hard work , initiative and drive , some will not believe you though
    2 points
  44. Dave B

    Boots and waterproofing

    Nike air in summer
    2 points
  45. Gavin

    web sites. Are they worthwhile?

    Our plan for £27/month includes hosting, daily backups, security monitoring and malware protection. Also free malware removal if the worst should happen. Our plans are a proactive approach though so the aim is that won't happen. Along with 30 minutes of my time each month to edit or add content to the site. Think of me as your "web guy" I guess. Also included in the plan is updates to the website software it's plugins and themes. All of which are tested and also have a visual regression tool to have another layer of checking an updated hasn't broken anything. With designing a site
    2 points
  46. steve garwood

    Can growth be all year round rather than the summer ?

    Lol. He might as well just copy and paste every post. Everyone has to mention ‘I’m so busy at the moment’. Simply cannot do a post without making it about him. I’ve never, in all the years I’ve been on here, seen a period of time where there’s so much boasting going on. Happy Tuesday everyone
    2 points
  47. scottish cleaning service

    Can growth be all year round rather than the summer ?

    I like the naysayers because it makes you get up and go. I haven't stopped this year and work keeps coming in. I'm starting to get repeat business now that's why I don't have time to post like i used to.
    2 points
  48. Master Jedi Alejandro

    Customer soon crying scratched glass?

    If your worried and they are yet to say anything, could you potentially just sack them off? It’s annoying but if it will make you feel safer. Once the trust is gone it’s gone, unfortunately.
    2 points
  49. Mum was in the service and I wanted to join(went to an open day with 2k people going for 6 jobs. Passed all the tests just after leaving army but always someone fitter etc). The **** my mum saw plus doing it at night every 2 days 2 nights then 4 off makes me feel lucky in a way as I don't need to see it (although seen guys missing limbs etc). That's stressful enough without the 2nd job. Scraping a kid off train tracks isn't a fun job. Respect to anyone in the service.
    2 points
  50. Iron Giant

    Jet Washing house fascias

    I like how they say without risk or damage to your property, if they cause water ingress by using a pressure washer on f.s.g then that's damage, I have watched this been done on new builds on sparkle cleans just the other week the guy pressured washed all the f.s.g and windows, water was going all over the place.
    2 points
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