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  1. 7 points
    Ana

    Is £12 for a bungalow too much ?

    Half the time, when it's a stand alone job I get referred to neighbours or seen while doing the job on some occasion when I visit, soon turning a standalone into a row of bungalows in a few months. maybe that's just me being lucky but any singles turn to doubles for me pretty fast.
  2. 6 points
    HWCS

    Upto 50 customers

    Thought id give a little update as feeling elated about work this week. Well ive only bloody gone and done it, 8 months ago (Nov2019) i set myself a couple of targets for 2020 ive only gone n smashed them already. 1st Goal: newer bigger van by end 2020 My newer bigger van was on the road late January, my hand was forced by a crash that wrote offmy combo, my 06 plate vivaro is now fully kitted, & sign written, 650ltr delivery system, slx18 for everyday use Slx30 for high/long jobs & home made 4ft pole for bungalow days, swift controller, sureflow pump, clabber hose reel, 2gardiner back pack (1new 1 2nd hand for tfr), skyvacAtom everything new except 650lt tank. 2nd Goal: 300 customer by end 2020 Sat static at around 160 8 months ago, just went through the very wet winter not picking many up, then January hit and i piçked up a care home with 40 residences only picked up 18/20 of them in the end but was a boost, then BANG COVID-19 hit me really hard in March, due to the wife having low immune system i didnt work for 11weeks total & wondered if id have a business left as couldnt get government help but only lost 4/5 customers. So came out of covid with circa 180-200 and it went bonkers, some days felt like i was taking more new calls than cleaning houses. Just had a count up of database today and HELLO 284 customer details now thats not 300 i hear you say!! But 1 is carehome with 18/20 different customers inside, & 1 is a builders who ive just got contract with to do stock plot cleans which could see me working as far away as Ipswich and Cambridge a couple of times a month for a very good hourly rate. So the magic 300 has been hit I know your all probably fed up with me bigging up myself in this thread, but i genuinely am humbled by the help and support this forum gives and without windowcleaningforums.co.uk i genuinely wouldnt have what i have today. Added 2020 goal: Electric reel Goals for the end 2021 500 customer Brand new van 2man set up and a part-timer Launch 'HCS' cleaning holiday homes, EOT cleans etc etc etc (The wife and her aunty are going to work for me as Holt Cleaning Services 'HCS' a sister company to Holt Window Cleaning Services 'HWCS') Anybody with experience in this please feel free to throw me any advice
  3. 6 points
    Cghwindowcleaning

    cost of your van and system

    Grippatank are crash tested. Gardiner backed them and got the tanks mira crash tested they also come with an installation certificate and are a proper baffled tank unlike wydale tanks which a lot use. As far as i'm a where Ionics, grippatank and pure freedom are the only ones who have crash tested systems. People can argue about crash testing saying it's not worth it or they only crash them at 30mph etc but I have a lot more faith in a company that have gone to the expense of around £80-100k and time to develop their tank and system than someone knocking one up in their garage like the above quote. 5 or 6k for a system is peanuts when most one-man bands claim to be doing nearly 2k a week window cleaning.
  4. 6 points
    cleaniac

    Newbie exploring possibilities (Potential career change)

    The only advice I would offer is, make sure you are committed once you decide to go down this road. Don't get me wrong, window cleaning can be a great living, it is well paid (currently, but it's becoming saturated) but it isn't as easy as it looks. And it will take you a long time to start earning anything half decent, at least 2 or 3 years and then add another 2 or 3 years before you start to get stable rounds. Many are attracted to window cleaning because of the 'work life balance' but trust me the 1st 4 years are going to be nothing but work work work, and then some, many many people who try this game think that they will be able to earn £50k a year for only 3 days a week after just 15 months of start-up, and whilst it is possible to do anything if you put your mind to it, you won't have a stable round for a long time and will have to keep replacing the time wasters, and drossy customers at a fast pace to keep your momentum up. I'd like to say that you will succeed, and I don't wish for you to fail, but the reality is that most give up after 4 years; you have to be motivated, and be willing to go out all weathers, have thick skin, and be prepared to be quite poor for a while. By the time you are earning enough money you will be well are truly sick and tired of the job. I turnover approx £60-£65k a year as a ltd company 4 days a week (3 and a half actually) and I don't want to work anymore time on the glass as nearly 20 years of doing this every day every week does gets to your mental health. Fortunately I can scare myself silly on my motorcycles to blow of some steam when I want.. Good luck
  5. 5 points
    Iron Giant

    cost of your van and system

    I've read all the replies since you joined so I have no wrong perception of you, I can also fully appreciate where you are coming from on offering up advice and how you feel about your business and putting your name to advice and giving the right advice. Slightly of piste, Plenty lads pop up on here thinking they can jump straight into soft-washing there is very few on here who have the wealth of knowledge and experience so I always flag anyone with some words of caution who thinks anything is a walk in the park and trouble and hassle free this is the same across the board, people need a whole picture on something not spy hole view.
  6. 5 points
    wezza13

    cost of your van and system

    I bought : 350l water tank Second hand £60 Steel Upright Tank Frame £180 Pure Freedom Pump and Controller new £190 Claber Hose Reel New £40 Leisure Battery New £110 That all cost the princely sum of £580 and I can change components if I ever need to. Easy to install too.
  7. 5 points
    Pjj

    HSE - Working at height - the ladder law

    You can use a ladder for access , if you go down the road and clean everyone’s windows using a ladder and have an accident and the HSE investigate you are looking at a fine starting at 50 k , if you go down the road cleaning windows using wfp but need a ladder for access and have an accident and the HSE investigate it’s highly likely they will say you have done your best to not work at height as you used wfp for most of your work and they will not prosecute , how do I know this ? I am a working at heights instructor , and work closely with the HSE , having also attended a number of falls from height resulting in death ( as a Fireservice officer ) , serious life changing injuries resulting in court cases . I feel like a lot of things some of the wording on the HSE web site is very woolly and not clear , however one thing is clear , if a safer alternate to working at height exists it should be employed , that isn’t an ambiguous statement , it’s very clear advice .
  8. 5 points
    Zenith

    Cracked glass using WFP, is it even possible?

    Well done! You handled that perfectly. Enhanced your reputation, established you are a trustworthy contractor with a concern for peoples property & no doubt gained valuable experience in heading off a complaint. Top marks.
  9. 5 points
    Pjj

    Grippatank floor rollers

    All fitted and much better than the waterworks ones a lot stiffer nk movement at all and a bigger gap between the rollers works very well also cheaper
  10. 5 points
    Wind o kleen

    Is £12 for a bungalow too much ?

    You have no choice when starting out ,
  11. 5 points
    Part Timer

    Is £12 for a bungalow too much ?

    If the customer is happy to pay you that price then the answer is no. As long as you can make it work why worry whatever others think and say.
  12. 4 points
    spruce

    RO TDS question

    You need to tell us what the tds of the pure after r/o and before the di vessel is @wgwindows. Before you take this reading you must let the r/o run producing water for at least 5 minutes. The higher this figure is the faster you will go through resin. Ideally you need a figure of around 4 to 5 ppm. Then you need to check the ratio between the pure you are producing and the waste you are sending to the drain. With that tap water tds your starting point should be around 60% waste to 40% pure and tweak from there. After these checks you need to invest in a bigger di vessel. The 10" that is part of the unit isn't big enough. Something around 7 liters should do you. Try to go for a new one. There are a lot of refurbished units advertised that are botch jobs. Try not to get to involved with units already filled with resin. Rather, buy your own resin from a recognised wfp supplier and fill your own. You then know you aren't being screwed with a half filled vessel with a low grade resin for top dollar pricing.
  13. 4 points
    Dave B

    Spots on glass when dry

    Bang on mate. Usually a lot worse on the sunny side of the house. It is oxidation due to sunlight. Scrub till water is running clear from the frame then do the glass.
  14. 4 points
    Part Timer

    Upto 50 customers

    Make sure you set the 2nd business up correctly as HMRC might view it as avoiding VAT registration. A chat to your Accountant should point you in the right direction. Well done on your growth.
  15. 4 points
    brianbadonde

    Every Modern Convenience

    Is everyone on here still not accepting cuppas? I have to admit after about two weeks I got fed up of turning them down and have been accepting them for the last 2 months or so.
  16. 4 points
    Davy G

    cost of your van and system

    I browse another forum out of interest but I don't get involved in the conversations. I've always found that there's a lot of unnecessary conflict and disrespect on there. I wouldn't be doing with it. This forum generally has a good degree of respect and camaraderie, and a willingness to help each other and newcomers.
  17. 4 points
    ched999uk

    cost of your van and system

    Out of 'pro' forums you guys are the most friendly and helpful of all I have encountered.
  18. 4 points
    spruce

    cost of your van and system

    So who are you?
  19. 4 points
    Wind o kleen

    Newbie exploring possibilities (Potential career change)

    I would sell everything bar your WFP stuff and build window cleaning business more profitable and a lot easier work
  20. 4 points
    HWCS

    Housing developers cleans

    Had a reply today, and the company are happy with the quote, just had to send them a copy of my insurance today and once on their system as a contractor i should be good to go.
  21. 4 points
    High-tower

    New Van Mounted System

    500l is pushing the weight limit in a caddy, especially with the frame, RO system and electric reel. 350/400 would be better. if you are keeping the caddy it would be better to set the RO up as a static system in a shed/garage, and have a ‘delivery system’ in the van. It’s easy to go and top up your tank from the static system if you run out during the day, which makes having a smaller tank easier to cope with.
  22. 4 points
    Pjj

    Is £12 for a bungalow too much ?

    Quite agree we do exactly the same thing start off with one or two and end up with 3/4 of the street in some places .
  23. 4 points
    ched999uk

    Newbie exploring possibilities (Potential career change)

    As someone who has been self employed it's very different to PAYE. You get no pension, no sick pay, no holiday pay. It's only you who you are responsible for what you do, that's a plus and minus. You have to work everything out - i.e. no one tells you what and how to do it - again plus and minus. You will have to put lots of hrs in to get customers. You also need to manage your finances i.e. tax, national insurance etc... Maybe you could start at weekends and see how it goes? Maybe using a portable system. This is harder work but you get to see how competitive your area is and if you enjoy it.
  24. 4 points
    steve garwood

    I am realising I just can't get away with it like I used to.

    I’m feeling it this morning. Bloody loved it though
  25. 3 points
    CraigC

    Upto 50 customers

    Thanks for the update. These kind of topics are inspirational for noobs such as myself to see just how far someone can go in a little over a year if they're prepared to put in the effort. Personally I started ordering kit to replicate Apw1210's trolley system around the end of May, done many a test run on my own home and feel I'm now ready to start doing it on a professional basis. Got a leaflet designed by a pro with 5,000 ordered and due to arrive on my doorstep within the next few days. Perhaps I'll start my own journey thread in the coming weeks. We'll see.
  26. 3 points
    Part Timer

    Spots on glass when dry

    Probably because the previous cleaner didn't do the frames properly. Once you resolve the issue you won't have a problem.
  27. 3 points
    Part Timer

    Avoid window cleaning leads company

    Tag @Iron Giant, @Dave B and @Gav If he's advertising on here and doing what you say then it needs to be sorted
  28. 3 points
    cleaniac

    cost of your van and system

    I have to say, the moderators on here are very quick to jump onto a thread that may be getting out of hand. So I applaud them! That is a good thing, keeps us all in check and stops us from saying/writing something we regret. After all we are all fellowmen in the same trade, and often something can read completely different to the context it was meant.. With regards to Lee Pryor, I have met him and he is one of the most down to earth, nicest blokes you will ever meet. The other forum jumped on him like a pack of wolves, and that spurred me and a few others to leave the forum too.
  29. 3 points
    Davy G

    cost of your van and system

    To be honest, I fitted out my van without consulting any outside guidance or authority. I simply put a lot of thought, study and mental visualisation/rehearsal into it and fitted it out to a standard that I feel is as safe as I can possibly make it. Always bearing in mind the fact that my son and I will be travelling in the van and using the equipment. Rightly or possibly wrongly, I trust my own wisdom and experience more than I trust so called safety experts. As I've said before "The world is run by experts, look at the firkin state of it". I have told my insurance agent (in writing) exactly what I've done in the van. That it was done entirely by myself (so no certification). I offered (in writing, to provide photos). I visited the office with the vehicle and invited them to inspect and photograph the vehicle and equipment prior to their accepting me as a client. They declined, assuring me that everything was ok and that I was fully covered. I have it all in writing. Of course I still don't trust any insurance company in the event of a claim.
  30. 3 points
    Iron Giant

    cost of your van and system

    You are free to help who want, no forum rules against this as this helping of each other is what this our forum is built on. Also no need to reveal who you are we all have usernames for a reason 4 years and more I have been on here and there is only a few people who know me on first name terms and others who also know my business trading name and more this because I have helped others out and they have done so for me.
  31. 3 points
    Cghwindowcleaning

    cost of your van and system

    I don't know where you get your prices from but a grippatank hot water system would set you back no more than around £10k same as pure freedom.Ionics are probably slightly more. I don't know a person on the planet that has paid 30k for a tank and webasto heater.excluding van
  32. 3 points
    Pjj

    expensive day staying in!

    I never seam to be able to order anything without spending at least £250 !,,,,, it’s very surprising what a handful of ezy snap connectors and a few other fittings cost
  33. 3 points
    Ian Sheppard

    Facelift controller issue

    Your very welcome and thank you for the feed back.
  34. 3 points
    Jango

    Are these RO Membranes Shot? Opinions please?

    @spruce @Part Timer Thanks for the replies. I get what your saying. I changed my resin back end of April. I use 400 litres a day 5 days a week. My TDS is now at 2 after the Di. The pressure is still the same. It did drop a little a few weeks ago. The cleaned out all the pipe work round here. I did flush out for a while after. But that is when things have changed. I regularly change pre filters. Thanks for advice.
  35. 3 points
    MJK

    HSE - Working at height - the ladder law

    Yes see what you say about water fed pole but I am set in my ways having been trad since 1984 and now 52. Really don't think I can be arsed to buy a van and a system and learn how to do it and give customers newbie like results. Things are ok trad for me and even picked up more work strangely enough in last 4 weeks than I have in previous year and thats with being asked and not looking for it. But I will be investing in a new ladder and treat myself to a ladder mate after next grant payment.
  36. 3 points
    JBC

    Hirwaun, South Wales

    Thanks Dale I really appreciate it
  37. 3 points
    Dale Transparent

    Hirwaun, South Wales

    Hi All, any one on here cover the Hirwaun area please? Have a good few leads you can have. Cheers, Dale
  38. 3 points
    ShropsWindowCleaner

    My first van set up. Thoughts??

    Hi all. I’ve attached a photo of my van setup. It’s my first van mounted system. Im purifying the water in the van. I’d appreciate any feedback or thoughts from you all, as you are more experienced than me. It consists of 250 litre tank, Merlin RO (behind tank), 11 litre DI, Booster pump, shurflo pump/controller, external fill/drain connectors.
  39. 3 points
    Dale Transparent

    Facelift controller issue

    Hi Ian, so sorry, but completely forgot to say thanks for your help and remedy of this situation, much appreciated and the controller is perfect!
  40. 3 points
    doug atkinson

    Are these RO Membranes Shot? Opinions please?

    The rejection rate on Merlins were 92% but have improved to 96%. They cannot go any higher
  41. 3 points
    scottish cleaning service

    Newbie exploring possibilities (Potential career change)

    Only make £700 a month from windows and the rest comes from property maintenance like roof cleaning, PW driveways, PVC cleaning and all the rest. Today I'm tiling a wall next to the step I tiled last week. Last year I bought my Grippatank hot water system for the van, best investment I have made. This year I have bought all the Stihl battery gardening equipment and got a deposit on a Timberwolf chipper which I want to pay cash so saving up for it now. Next month I come off Checkatrade and begin to slow down and concentrate on well paid work. All my hard work has paid off and I can relax and take it easy, maybe look to expand my window cleaning business.
  42. 3 points
    Pjj

    HSE - Working at height - the ladder law

    How would you explain the first blue bullet point ?? Wfp gives you a safe option not to work at height
  43. 3 points
    Incheck

    Is £12 for a bungalow too much ?

    Bungalows can be deceiving they are often large properties in sizeable grounds with windows on all four sides. A conny or dormer roof windows usually Involved somewhere. Some of the ones we do have 30 odd windows on them. Also though there are the small retirement bungalows which dont even justify getting the pole out so i trad them as its often two front two back a front door and a back door 10/15 mins job done... So the variation in price can easily be £10-£50 upwards on a regular with most being somewhere in the middle of that. I did one once that hadn’t been cleaned ever since they were installed, quoted £90 for the window clean, as well as additional for gutter clearance and fascia and soffit wash, and got the work. The windows took 2 & 1/2 hours to clean so the £90 was justified. the situation dictates really
  44. 3 points
    cleaniac

    Newbie exploring possibilities (Potential career change)

    Thank you for your questions. As a sole trader, your profit very much depends on your business outgoings, how you work your taxes and your personal financial situation. It varies from person to person. For example some window cleaners won't think twice about plumping down a lease commitment for a whole system at great monthly cost, so if your bringing in 1000 a month and your payments for equipment is 800 your only making 200 a month, so your at a lost cause before you begin if you need money to live on but for some they may already have funds to keep them going. But if you bought an old van with ebay kit and no monthly payments then pretty much all of your £1000 turnover, minus fuel and your van expenses is going to be profit on your labour. Also just because you can afford to buy something for the business doesn't mean you should.. So it's up to you how you decide and you need to strike that balance. It's very hard to get right with any business. Secondly, you have to decide if you will have a dedicated van or a car. I would always go for a dedicated van, as you will be able claim all your running costs and not have to fill out business miles and calculate use for business. Thirdly, as a sole trader try to go by the 3rd rule. So for every £1 you turn over, allocate 33p for taxation, 33p for business capital reserve (your business expense budget basicly) and 33p for wages you can take. Also only expect to collect 30 to 40 percent of the money your owed for the day at any one time, the rest will follow. Forth do not underestimate the need for a decent accountant. Instead of dreaming about owning the lightest poles or the smartest van, you need to spend time into finding an accountant who isn't a glorified bookkeeper. Try to go for a chartered accountant who are also registered auditors and tax advisors. They will save you three or four times their costs over the year trust me I know. Fifth, be aware of your payments on account requirements for self employment. Many come to a shock when they do their 1st tax return that the tax bill they thought was for £3000 end up being more like £5000 as HMRC will always want payment on account for the following year. As you start to nudge past £35k in profits it becomes a big burden, and can quickly get out of control when every year as you grow you have to find an additional £6 or £7k for payments on account. This is when it might start becoming more tax efficient to become a ltd company. Sixth don't be tempted to under report your earnings...yes you guessed it I learned the hard way and ended up with a 50k tax bill for back taxes and interest which ultimately led to my personal bankruptcy in 2014. As for me, now I run as a ltd company, I get my wages on PAYE and my ltd company that I own earns a profit on my labour that If I want to I can withdraw for a bonus at the end of the year or not, up to me. Hope those pointers help.. Good luck.
  45. 3 points
    wezza13

    Best pole at the Moment and brush

    35 foot Extreme from Gardiner. You asked for the best and that's the best pole in my opinion. Nice and light : https://gardinerpolesystems.co.uk/x3-xtreme-35.html And, for conservatories, the brush I would recommend is the Universal Sill. Stiff bristles on either side for stubborn bird's poo, etc : https://gardinerpolesystems.co.uk/universal-sill-26cm-brush-medium-soft.html
  46. 3 points
    wezza13

    Is £12 for a bungalow too much ?

    We have a minimum charge of £15 per 4 weekly. This includes bungalows, flats and shop fronts with one or two panes of glass. They're paying for reliability and quality of service (hopefully! ).
  47. 3 points
    Marko067

    Water fed pole Trolley system

    There is a supplier 5 minutes from me but I had all the kit to purify water before he came on the scene so I still produce my own and TBH it is more convenient. I use a 300gpd RO unit with a permeate pump attached and also use a booster pump to push the mains pressure up to 75psi or thereabouts. The water in our mains reads between 400 and 500 PPM on the TDS meter and comes out the RO at between 005-008 PPM. My 10inch DI will then give me about 3000L @ 000 PPM and then it starts to creep up and I change the resin when it reaches 004.
  48. 3 points
    Part Timer

    I am realising I just can't get away with it like I used to.

    You unfortunately link alcohol with drugs. I promise you that you haven't drank anywhere near as much alcohol as me, and I promise you that I haven't taken anywhere nea as manyr drug as you, I've never smoked any joint / popped a pill in my life. Illegal drugs are illegal for a reason and if you have an addictive personality, like you have, then you should keep away from drink and drugs.
  49. 3 points
    Pjj

    Water fed pole Trolley system

    Not sure of the weight if it but I wouldn’t want to be lifting that in and out if a van , if you have a van and tank why not get a pump and hose reel and go van mount , much easier on the body .
  50. 3 points
    Pjj

    Anyone seen this sent in text reminder?

    It’s a complete waist of time and not worth the paper it’s written on , yes you have a verbal contract with them but it’s not worth trying to peruse it , why is the guy loosing so many customers? Sounds to me like he’s either doing a poor job ,or unreliable we loose a handful of customers each year out of thousands .
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