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  1. Pjj

    Very salty hotel clean

    Today we started one of our regular jobs again after the lockdown , it’s 100 meters from the sea , the windows were opaque with salt but 2.5 hours later and around a 1000 ltr of water it’s sparkling windows again ready for customers tomorrow.
    11 points
  2. Pjj

    Fitting out new van

    Today my mate whose a marine electrician did the electrics everything is now working , just waiting for Grippatank to supply the reels hopefully they will be hear next week , also started on the plumbing but waiting for under bumper hose ports to arrive as well all very frustrating being held up bu such basic things
    11 points
  3. spruce

    How much work is out there.??

    My advice @carp boyis to slow down and seriously think about what you are considering. Its easy to get caught up in the emotion listening to posters telling you to go for it. They take no responsibility for encouraging you if things don't work out. Personally I wouldn't make any rash decisions no matter how you are feeling. What happens if you chuck everything in and then find you can't window clean for whatever reason? There was a man and his wife locally who purchased a franchise, new van, new equipment and threw the towel in at work. Within 3 months he handed the franchise ba
    10 points
  4. steve garwood

    Another Cull again.

    I’m going to do this again in the new year. Dropped one today (the owner of Bromley football club). Says to me ‘next time you are round, I’ll get you doing the insides’. ‘I don’t do insides’ I replied ‘You will if you want me to remain a customer’ he replied ‘In that case, I don’t. Have a nice Christmas’ Won’t have people speak to me like that. Rude bellend
    9 points
  5. Davy G

    Conservatory roof pricing

    I do. I no longer take on "Can you just give it a quick wipe over please?" I took a couple on in my early days. A quick going over on a conservatory roof for £5 or £10. I realised and regretted my mistake very quickly but I still do two out of loyalty. I definitely won't ever be caught like that again. For one thing, on a proper wash you know to do a thorough clean. With a once over, it's hard to decide the finish line. Number 1 is now off the menu. Number 2 is their only option. They either take it or they don't. Learn by your mistakes, but learn from ours as well.
    7 points
  6. Pjj

    Fitting out new van

    Yes it’s permanently open looks like this now the rollers are fitted , no don’t get any road dirt come in the van , we have them in all our vans and have never had any water or dirt come inside , no problem with any questions that’s how we all learn ,ask away any time .
    6 points
  7. Dave B

    What to do with too much work?

    I do about 20 houses a day all week and my employee does a fair few over 2 days a week and then I go home and visit the beer fridge
    6 points
  8. Den

    Another Cull again.

    Just took another 7 clients off my rounds this week for various reasons. 3 of them have new puppies but don’t like to pick up the mess they make. two of them were originally good clients just gone bad with late payments. the other two where relatively new and turned out messers.
    5 points
  9. Pjj

    Conservatory roof pricing

    We only work to one standard that’s do the job properly or we don't do it at all , the old saying if a jobs worth doing it’s worth doing well comes to mind
    5 points
  10. Extremecleansussex

    Running an electric van

    Ive been running my van now for over five years. I’m in my second one as I had my first one written off earlier this year. in the past five years, the number of rapid charge points has increased considerably and most now also have a PAYG option so no more requirement for memberships etc. That said, I only use a rapid two or three times a year. There’s now a 40kwhr battery version available which gives a range of about 130 miles, I went with another 24kwhr because that’s all I need. it’s still the best move I ever made and has saved me at least the cost of the van
    5 points
  11. dazmond

    Conservatory roof pricing

    Typical newbie mistake!we ve all done it!.... I aim for more than my hourly rate window cleaning as it's harder work and takes me away from my easy,regular work...it all depends how the access is and how dirty it is.....I try and charge an hourly rate of between £60-£80 cleaning them on my own...I know how long they take because I've cleaned hundreds of them over the years....I very rarely get the job as most people think I'm too expensive these days....suits me as I cant be arsed with them unless I'm earning well out of them.....
    5 points
  12. ched999uk

    What to do with too much work?

    Quote higher. Work smarter not harder!!! If you are winning close to 100% of the work you quote then you can up your prices. Aim to win about 70% of your quotes. You can now relax a bit as you have enough work. If there is a job you don't fancy price it even higher, if you get it you just think how much you will earn doing it. If you don't get it no problem As for the people looking down on you, don't worry, just up your prices then you can smugly smile on the inside .
    5 points
  13. Adman

    Who's taking the second SEISS grant?

    No disrespect intended, but thats just an opinion. I think hmrc should define "significant". I haven't done my month end yet, but anticipate maybe 20% down which any business prior to the virus would describe as a significant downturn in turnover. I have several big commercial jobs on hold still, the pubs and hotels round here might not reopen with the current restrictions and the shops i do have been closed. I've also had 2 franchisees unable to work due to self isolating. I think 20% is enough to claim, but thats just my opinion...
    4 points
  14. Davy G

    Running an electric van

    For sure, the days of the oil burning engine being the mainstay of road transport are numbered. I've rarely been more sure of anything. It took several millions of years for fossil fuels to be laid down and we've been burning it in its various forms (gas, liquid, coal) at an incredible rate for the past two hundred years. It's not possible to replace it at anything like the rate we burn it. I don't know what fuel we will be using for general electricity generation. Might be : solar, wind, residual heat from underground, hydrogen, nuclear, or some other sources. Most likely a combination of man
    4 points
  15. ched999uk

    Running an electric van

    I think this is a very interesting discussion. If you look at how quick technology advances it's amazing. Electric vehicles have 2 main issues, range and payload. Range can be resolved by having more chargers, maybe even 'wireless' chargers similar to some mobile phones. So you just park in a space and charging starts. Maybe one day this could even be done at say traffic lights for a megga quick top up. Power to charge all the electric cars plus heat everyones homes once gas boilers are no longer used will be a big issue. UK have been trying to build 2 or 3 new nuclear rea
    4 points
  16. Den

    Another Cull again.

    I tell 6 of them the truth (without being rude) The 7th customer who was a two monthly agreed to my terms about regular cleaning after one clean told me to come back in the new year she was a Facebook customer, so I blocked her on my phone and Facebook if she tries to contact me she won’t get answer can’t stand liars and messers.
    4 points
  17. Davy G

    Conservatory roof pricing

    First thing I'd say from my perspective is : forget about "conservatory roofs". For me it's the full external soapwash. I wouldn't take on a job washing a car roof. Who would? We charge to make a general minimum of £100 per hour for an empty and soapwash from the top down. We aim for £2 per minute for two us. Mostly at least £70 for a small conservatory. We're running a professional business not bob a job and we price accordingly. I'd expect that pretty much everyone on this forum would be the same. Tip: Don't just do it with clear water, get it looking nice and soapy. If the customer is
    4 points
  18. Pjj

    Flyers/Leaflets - What Do You Guys Put In Them?

    I wouldn’t help anyone who behaves like that
    4 points
  19. High-tower

    How much work is out there.??

    Can’t be talking about window cleaning! the lack of mental stimulation is the worst part of the job. however it will allow you to live a more balanced life compared to working away. Good luck .
    4 points
  20. carp boy

    How much work is out there.??

    Hi. I've been thinking about this for a long time...... Iam truely sick to death of my job and going away.. I have my first grandchild due in a few weeks, have been offshore 20 years and had a skin full.. Sick to the back teeth of it.. I have spoken to the company I work for and have been granted a 12 month sabbatical..... This leaves the door open. However... It won't b needed. I need to cut the rope of offshore life and spend last year's of my working like doing something I beleive will b more challenging yet mentally fullfling..
    4 points
  21. Davy G

    What to do with too much work?

    Let them turn their noses up if they will. Move on! You own the business. Search out and find the clientele to suit you. I also drove artics for long, low paid hours. The pay never came near to matching the time and the huge responsibility. I made a resolved decision that the days of other people controlling my life and my income were past. I make sure that I charge a good price for me and one that I also feel is a fair but slightly high price for the customer. I did that from day one. I avoided the temptation to price low just to secure work. It wasn't the timid way I wanted to star
    4 points
  22. Sam5805

    Thinking of starting up, looking for advice.

    Thank you all for the advice. I've got a couple of different things in place already that cover a fair bit of my expenses so I wouldn't be reliant on window cleaning but I'm attracted to the low barrier of entry and ability to build a regular customer base over the long term. I'm just gonna get myself some cleaning kit practice on my own windows and family etc then get out there and start knocking on doors.. nothing ventured, nothing gained. Will check out the search function to answer my more detailed questions on pricing and all those other essential thin
    4 points
  23. wezza13

    Gutter cleaning price

    We have a minimum price of £60 (did one last week that took 15 mins once gutter vac was set up). From pulling up to leaving, I was there for 45 mins. I charge for an hourly rate. If I think it'll take me 2 hours, then they're charged £150 (£75 per hour for non-regulars or £60 per hour for regular customers, by that I mean my regular window cleaning customers). Don't be fooled though - a 3 bed semi that is full with leaves and downpipes blocked will take you a hell of a lot longer than a barely empty 3 bed semi with a couple of main blockages. At the quoting stage, I inspect wi
    4 points
  24. Extremecleansussex

    Running an electric van

    I've been running a Nissan e-NV200 electric van for about six weeks now and I'm hugely impressed. Previously I was running a Trafic with a 600l Ionic pro 6 system fitted but that was way above the payload of the Nissan so I couldn't just transfer the system over. Instead, I bought a 400l tank for the van and two 500l tanks which I've put in the top of my garage. I then built a framework and transferred all my filters into the garage so now have 1000l ready to transfer to the van at any time. Being in the top of the garage, it's all gone by gravity so no electrics required
    3 points
  25. Extremecleansussex

    Running an electric van

    What I did was to record the mileage I did every day for a couple of months. Most days I do between 30 and 40 miles but two days a month I do around 60. I therefore was confident that I could do my rounds without a problem although I do take my ladders off the roof for the two long rounds (not that it’s strictly necessary). I recently found out that there’s now a rapid charger at the school in the village where my last few cleans are so I can top up if necessary. I do almost exactly 9000 miles per year.
    3 points
  26. Davy G

    Gardiner backpack question??

    I have a Gardiner backpack on a trolley. I only use it for my soapwash mix. I'm on my second backpack now. The first one lasted over six years of soap/chemical mix only. I bought it for pure water use on awkward houses and for soapmix use. I quickly found I had to use it for one or the other but not both. I could never get all the soap out for the pure washes. I stopped taking on houses that I couldn't get reasonable access to with the van. I'm more than happy to have got over six years out of it. Righty or wrongly I'd expect them to have some significant tolerance of chemicals. Surely mo
    3 points
  27. DeLaCruz

    Wanted - 50m Hose Reel for 12mm Garden Hose

    Got myself the Marshalls reel - seems to be well built. Have it loaded with 50m if Wintecs 12mm hose and it fits okay - here’s a pic of the loaded reel. Hopefully it won’t rust and works out as cheap long term option.
    3 points
  28. Extremecleansussex

    Running an electric van

    No chargers in or west of Exeter! It’s not my place to argue why you could go electric if you want to. But if you do want to change over then you may find it’s doable. Every one runs their business differently and I can only say that I wanted to make it work for me, made a few minor changes and, five years on, would never willingly go back to ICE.
    3 points
  29. Pjj

    Running an electric van

    To go to Exeter and back is 220 miles according to manufacturers figures it has a range of 214 miles combined , so in real world driving up all the hills we have doubt it would 150 miles , I have a number of customers that have electric cars several have Tesla s that cost over 100 k and the range is appalling although they are very rapid , charging points are non existent I know of 4 in our area and 3 of theses haven’t worked for well over a year , one is in a pub car park and you have to use the pub to be able to charge the car and it costs £10 per hours charge , the other is in my local Te
    3 points
  30. Moor

    New boots suggestions?

    Just a quick follow up after a few weeks of use. They are fantastic, warm, comfortable, dry, fine to drive in and I can tuck my trousers in. Best boots I have tried by a mile.
    3 points
  31. Edward Baskerville

    Pressure Switch and Dead End Calibration Issue!

    Just an update on my calibration situation. I think I found the problem finally I will test system tomorrow to make sure. I can now calibrate my pump up to about 8 now. It was only letting me do it up to like 5. My pump strainers rubber seal has perished and I think this was pulling air through the system and possibly why I was getting PS
    3 points
  32. Pjj

    Is this how gutters should be left?

    Yes it’s ok you could wash that silt out with a garden hose , but unless you do that there will always be a tiny bit left
    3 points
  33. tench0771

    Fsc 15lpm 250 bar 3600psi

    Rutland pumps have jetted it to my mishene
    3 points
  34. 13.3 v isn't going to charge much. If the auto electrician couldn't tell you/identify the problem then you picked the wrong auto electrician. If the voltage is 14.4 volts on one side of the scr and 13.3 volts on the other side there's a fault inside the scr. When the scr activates the battery voltage should be the same both sides. Unfortunately your alternator will not fully recharge the amount of current you are drawing a day using electric hose reels. With 2 hose reels winding in together you are expecting the leisure battery to work way above its design application. 2 hose reels w
    3 points
  35. spruce

    Flyers/Leaflets - What Do You Guys Put In Them?

    A while back there was a number of posts from window cleaners panicking that they had been asked to provide a RAMS document on the back of a commercial quotation they given. You could tell by the post that they hadn't a clue what this was. Even when it was explained some asked if we could give them ours so they could copy it. No, because a risk and method statement would be job specific. Some didn't get it. I remember pointing one to the H&S website for risk assessment advise and a few examples and templates. "There is no template for window cleaning" was the response. The next p
    3 points
  36. Pjj

    Facelift compact

    I wouldn’t say you won’t ever need to worry about charging again , it all depends how many miles you drive per day ,and what amp hour battery you have ,and what you are running off it . We could never charge our batteries that way running 3 pumps , 9 kw boiler and 2 electric hose reels per van , but if just one pump and big battery you might be lucky .
    3 points
  37. Apw1210

    Flyers/Leaflets - What Do You Guys Put In Them?

    I'm not defending his comment however I have seen on another platform someone who was obviously starting out comment on a post with the following: I changed my carrier path recently and starting out window cleaning, It's easy, I had the money but the window cleaning pages tell you exactly what kit you need, how to best use it and also how much to charge. Unfortunately we live in a society where the internet aids research and is the modern day thesaurus. There are alot of people now day's that lack intuition, common sense and the ability to do things on their own without th
    3 points
  38. Ian Docksey

    1 week to decide

    Latest update. Get the system fitted on 15th Dec. Must also say, the guys at the cleaning warehouse have been extremely helpful throughout, I've asked loads via email. Always replied quickly. So happy days soon. New year new beginnings it will be.
    3 points
  39. Chris34

    Flyers/Leaflets - What Do You Guys Put In Them?

    If you design the leaflet right then you can get good returns. I've not done any all year due to the virus, didn't want to be slated on facebook for spreading the virus via leafleting. I have just started delivering again and have delivered around 1,600 in the last 3 weeks, although I didn't do any last week so delivered them in 2 weeks. So far this has resulted in one £20 every 4 week clean done, another 3 scheduled with first clean premium these being £100, £50 and £40, gutter cleans done 3 jobs total £220 another 2 booked at £100 and £120 and also a conservatory roof at £150. So t
    3 points
  40. spruce

    Flyers/Leaflets - What Do You Guys Put In Them?

    Other cleaner's experience in our area report that leaflets also have a very poor take up percentage generally. Unless your leaflet timing coincides with a cleaner who has stopped coming, retired etc. then your take up percentage is less than 1%. The old fashioned way of looking for business was door knocking and customer referrals. Customer referrals has been our biggest growth area by far over the years. Nowadays the younger new cleaners seem to pin their business hopes on Facebook and having a website with a good rating. That's all beyond me. One of our customers had a nail a
    3 points
  41. Ian Docksey

    Flyers/Leaflets - What Do You Guys Put In Them?

    I'm just starting also. I'll be going round to see what's what, cant see how you can give a price without seeing the job. Windows may not have been cleaned for 1 or 2 years.
    3 points
  42. Iron Giant

    Pump Strainers on pumps

    Honestly, don't get caught up in Ebay or whatever systems, if you are looking to have a fully fitted system get booked into PureFreedom I had to set off about 6am but was back before 3pm only sticking point at the moment is finding somewhere to pass the time I went to spoons for breakfast and sat and read a book and drank the free coffee and had a walk about. otherwise if you have a local mechanic who is able to fit a PF system for you as in bolt the frame in over the tank as PF do, then do that and the rest is fairly straightforward as it should be all near enough set up on a pallet, wh
    3 points
  43. Pjj

    Pump Strainers on pumps

    I have always used a strainer better safe than sorry. In my opinion if a manufacturer doesn’t fit one to there system I would look else ware
    3 points
  44. Part Timer

    Cleaning pure water tank and what appropriate solution to use?

    Had a tank in a van for 9 years, never cleaned it. It has only ever had pure in it though.
    3 points
  45. Danfire

    What to do with too much work?

    I don't know what part of the country you are in but you do sound to be a bit on the cheap side. £500 for 25 hours work I make to be £20 per hour. That might be part of the reason why you have generated so much work so quickly. I was given a basic pricing formula when I started 8 years ago that made most jobs approximately £30 per hour. I use a similar formula now but add on 20% or more. The problem you now have, if you are successful quoting at a much higher price you end up disliking doing the old jobs at the lower rates and they'll be so far in price from your new work you won't feel a
    3 points
  46. ks789

    EZ SNAP FEMALE END STOP COUPLING - FOR POLE HOSE - 5MM BARB

    Yeh or some grease stuff. But they only go again for a while I found. Best thing for me personally was to go onto the slick connect fittings. The ease, by comparison was amazing.
    3 points
  47. Part Timer

    What to do with too much work?

    When you're earning enough to pay Bill's and put money aside, but not full, you should start quoting higher prices and get some good work on board. When you're nearly full you will then need to start putting existing customers prices up. This is how you'll maximise your earnings. Either that or go down the employment route.
    3 points
  48. Part Timer

    Changing resin/TDS

    Looks like the sediment filter needs changing
    3 points
  49. Damo

    How much work is out there.??

    I think its really hard NOT to build a round nowadays. It's too easy to find work and most of the time you don't even need to leave your house!
    3 points
  50. Iron Giant

    How much work is out there.??

    By comparison to a lot of jobs been a windy is easy, but cleaning windows and running it as a successful business beyond the first weeks and months and then into years is where most do fail, I feel like I have only ever been a windy and running my own business for almost 21 years, yes I will hold my hand up as some one who does at times pipe up to give people a reality check , as lads think what us successful business owners do is an absolute piece of pish, but there is more too it than magic water a brush on a stick, inflated prices and customers that just flock to you like rats to
    3 points


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