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  1. 8 points
    Pjj

    window federation or association

    I dont think either is really any benefit to us , what do they actually do ?. Apart from charging some sort of fee to be a member all they are doing is making money from us ?... I stand to be corrected but don’t see any need to belong to any of theses body’s .
  2. 7 points
    Green Pro Clean Ltd

    Price rise after 5 yrs.

    I've said it a dozen times. Once a year 50p per job when the budget get announced. Like everything. You have to train customers. Get them used to it. Say you got 300 customers and toy do a 50p bump you have an increase of £150.00 5 customers on say £15 say they won't stand for it and drop you you just lost £75.00 of business but you are still £75.00 per month better off with 5 extra slots available for decent paying customers. All in £900 per year better off before those 5 have been replaced. Now you replace them with 5 jobs at £16 that's another £960 per year All in a 50p pay increase every year sees you better off by over £1800 per year. Not bad for the sake of a 50p piece right?
  3. 6 points
    adamangler

    Booked for tomorrow, now postponed until next month?

    We've all been here don't worry about it but you need a system for new work. When I quote I give a 4 weekly price and an 8 weekly price. I then find out about access, if they need to be in then that's a no go. If access is poor i.e no where to park or long walk/drive round the back that's Alos a no go for me. If it's a text for a locked gate no problem. I also tell them if anytime we turn up and can't get in it's front only and billed accordingly (at least 50%) Payment via Bacs or go cardless. Then once the rules are set you simply carry out your end of the bargain. If any problems arise just remind them of the agreement and if it's an issue them drop them and get looking for a replacement. I dump all the time, every week I'm dropping someone for one reason or another. Just keep replacing and looking for better work everytime you drop one and eventually you end up with a 95% decent round. A perfect round does not exist....just when you think you are close someone turns into a messer.
  4. 6 points
    spruce

    Booked for tomorrow, now postponed until next month?

    Or as an old customer (now deceased) said to me once; "young man (she lied), I pay you to keep my windows clean, not clean them when they are dirty." I have never forgotten that reminder.
  5. 6 points
    Suhrly

    New to wfp streaks!!

    See this is what I don't get? After you've give the vents a good flush out and clean on that first clean, why would you then leave them for the dirt to build back up potentially causing more problems for yourself should you say accidentally run over them again with the brush?? For me once I know those vents after that first clean I want to KEEP them clean by simply running the brush over them EVERY clean. Am I missing something here?
  6. 6 points
    Davy G

    Sign writing. selling your business

    This is ours.
  7. 5 points
    Slim

    Been lurking a while now

    Afternoon all, I've been reading and learning a lot from your forum. I've been thinking about starting power washing for a while and have finally decided to give it a go. Hopefully over time I'll gain experience and be able to contribute to the forum and help others in similar situations to myself.
  8. 5 points
    Iron Giant

    Booked for tomorrow, now postponed until next month?

    I don't accept cancellations without a valid reason and issues at work ain't a valid reason for me they need to elaborate a little otherwise they would be getting charged or hit with a higher charge next clean, you need this sorting out in your own head and how to deal with this sort of thing with an appropriate reply.
  9. 5 points
    Daniel Perkins

    SMASHING IT!!!!

    You have to give him credit, takes balls, stress galore & serious hard work to do something like that. In an area where big nationals swamp work up I say fair play to him. Whilst I wouldn't advertise success like he seems to do & is fairly open about figures etc fair play to him. I can only give a tip of the hat to anybody who is successful in our game as it can be a tough slog. I would commend anybody on here that had took the leap to employ staff and has got a few vans on road. Remains to be seen if he has bitten off more than he can chew or maybe he wants to earn big and fast... time will tell. For me personally, I'm not interested in getting rich. All I want is to earn good money, go on a nice holiday every now and again & if I get ill or injured... not have to worry about my work falling apart. If I can do that, I will be a happy man.
  10. 5 points
    Part Timer

    Carry a garden hose as part of your van system ?

    I promise you if you clean a glass conny roof by blasting it with tap water and then rinsing with pure will save you at least an hour on the job and a few hundred litres of pure.
  11. 5 points
    Pjj

    New to wfp streaks!!

    That’s not streaks it’s a run line of dirty water that has come out of a vent or the top closer bringing dirt with it , clean the top closer more thoroughly and it will be fine , it’s just down to experience and practice
  12. 4 points
    spruce

    Booked for tomorrow, now postponed until next month?

    I have to send reminder texts more and more often these days to have padlocked gates 'opened'. I really get a cancellation. I honestly think we have it a little easier in the North East as our pricing is a little more bareable for our customer's than say it is in the South West. I often wonder if I lived in the south and was a customer of a cleaner named Vin, how many times a year would I try to find an excuse for not having my windows cleaned when I was under a bit of financial pressure paying the bills? http://www.perfect-windows.co.uk/pwpricing.html BTW I get along well with Vin. He gave me a lot of mental support back in 2008 when the credit crunch hit home in the October. My son had resigned his job to join the business in the September of that year. I had more than enough work for myself but way short for two of us. We had 2 major employers on Teesside; what was ICI and British Steel. British Steel shut down operations and the knock on effect put a large number of employees out of work. It was a tough time and I was very stressed having to pay a second salary when I expected to loose about 30% of the work we had due to redundancies. Thankfully Vin had a dogmatic approach to the economic situation and those occassional chats helped me through my perceived worries. Thankfully we were able to canvass like made for new work and in the end we only lost 3 customers during that time due to the recession. One came back to us 6 months later, the second left the area and I was happy not to take the third one back on again as they were a pain from the start.
  13. 4 points
    Chris34

    What would you charge?

    The way I price (I've only been going 5 months) is to walk around the house and work out how long I think each window will take me to clean and I don't work it out in seconds but in minutes. So those velux windows for me are 3 minutes for each one. That big massive window above the double doors is 8 minutes. The front door is 2 minutes, the windows either side is 3 minutes each. I then add up all the minutes and that gives me the total time. Now doing it this way ensures that you don't under price the job, overpricing is fine, underpricing is not fine. This method is designed to compensate for all those readjustments. Yes those velux windows might not take 3 minutes to actually clean them, but what about the time to extend the pole, the time to go and tend to any snags, moving chairs / plant pots. You see it's not just the actual time to clean the window. So for me that job comes in at 1 hour 20 minutes and I know that I can do it in that time. It won't be a case of quoting for 30 minutes and finding it takes 45 minutes. It's working for me anyway and I don't seem to get any problems. I do tell the customers that I'm very thorough and I do the job right which seems to set me apart. But even if you think my times are too long and you're the fastest windy in the west, well my method would still work, you just reduce the minutes per window to suit your speed / standard of work. The key thing is that you don't want to under price the work, if you're quoting for 30 minutes and it's taking you 45 then you're doing it wrong.
  14. 4 points
    spruce

    What would you charge?

    Personally speaking, we can look at a job and try to guess how long its going to take and price accordingly. When we get to the job and actually do it, it could be a different story. This why these how much and how long will it take questions are probably more confusing for the original poster after he has read other cleaners responses. We did a Sure Start with council offices for 12 years before the council took it on themselves to save money. It was done over a weekend. The whole building was on ground level in the shape of a U. Our 100 meter hose length just managed to reach around the building with the van parked in the right spot. The job had 33 windows and 6 doors. All windows were easily reached and cleaned. There were 5 gates that had to be opened, which meant we had to negotiate fenced off areas. When I calculated the time doing this I figured on about 45 minutes from unpacking to packing up again. The closest I got to this was 1 hour and 40 minutes. It was usually an hour and 50 minutes. Each window took between 30 and 40 seconds to clean. I asked my son to clean it one Saturday for me. It took him 4 hours and he said he would never do it again, and he didn't. Hose management was the biggest time consumer. I tried all sorts of hose permentations but some took much longer in the end. We have a 'double' clean to do once every 4 weeks; the bosses house and the sales and warehouse unit he owns. I estimated that the house would take 4 hours to do and the factory 2 hours. The house takes us 5 hours (we are there 2 and a half hours) and the factory takes us an hour and a half. Hose management around the house is more time consuming than I estimated. The third example is our annual school clean. We do some insides and all the outside glass and translucent panels around stairwells. The building is over 3 floors on one side. I quoted 43 hours for the external windows and 24 hours for the internal cleans. We've done this job for the past 10 years. Last year we were fortunate as we finished the outside in 36 hours and the internals in 20 hours. But the previous year it took us longer as we had to work around other trades in the building as well and we all arrived on site together.😁 The school has aftercare facilities during the summer school holidays which is a problem (children running around), pressure washing of paving which leaves the downstairs windows filthy, school exam results, uniform sales, etc all which interfere with our progress. The carpark and school grounds are turned into a camping site over one weekend when the town hosts a song festival which rules out 4 working days. Organization of work to be done, when and by whom is non existant. We cleaned the downstairs windows one year before they pressure washed the paving. I've learnt to try to ask questions before we do anything since. But it doesn't mean that what we are told happens in practice. We use the school's scaffold tower for the atrium internal windows and we have to rely on them putting it up. They don't often do it when we ask. When pricing up a big job the only suggestion I have is what others have said. Break the job down into sections, look at each section separately and try to visualise how long each section will take and consider any obstacles that hinder progress. Then add them all together. If the frames are wooden then know its going to be potential drama and add more time on. Wooden sash windows are even more drama. Once you have a time multiplied by your hourly rate plus travelling time then you have to decide if your price is market related or not. If you need more work @Clarkus84 then it can be very difficult to accept that this might be a job that 'gets away.' That's fine. If you get every job you quote then your prices are too low. If you don't get any then your prices are too expensive for your area. You need to be looking at getting between 40% and 60% of the quotes you give. Looking at the threads in this post its pretty much a slam-dunk that this quote is one of the ones you probably won't get. If you do then it will probably end up as a one off and they will soon cancel. THAT'S OK. Its a shame but I don't think you want it anyway. Honest opinion.
  15. 4 points
    Incheck

    What would you charge?

    Some good points have been made here. The windows look in really good condition. The skylights aren't dirty, the frames look pretty white. Either they already have a windy and are looking for a lower price or they have just been installed. Some people just call windys out as and when they feel like it now, and aren't really bothered about using the same company, they’re more concerned about availability (not wanting to wait etc) i respect the “marathon, not a race” outlook, thinking long term is good and wise. however din’t fall for the “we’re looking for a regular service” line. Treat it for what it is now. i’m encountering more types who just want windows done on the one off, and regardless what you price someone is always going to go cheaper so chances are you’ll lose them somewhere along the line if they aren't bothered about loyalty. If you do a good job, for a good price today, and you come away with a feeling of success, thats great. You shouldn't have to feel the need to go in low to secure future work. Live for the day as they say. You may not be window cleaning next month, next year, or in ten years. You could be coming up to retirement age, you may go bust, you may have an injury or an illness, you may change career, hell you may even hit the lottery. circumstances do change over time and i wouldn't assume anything. after nearly going bust in the early days it really changed my outlook on things and put the fear of god in to me. I now look to make a healthy profit whatever the job is. I think your price is realistic for the lower windows £40 if they’re not happy to pay that on a regular or one off then why should you make the effort 🤷‍♂️ You're confident from the start which is a good thing. I do have underpriced work that i took on when we first started but as neil said its all about learning from your past mistakes 😊 Have a bit of the “Alan sugar” and “go out and get” as they say. Reality is if people dont earn what they need to they only end up claiming tax credits or other benefits to make ends meet, costing the tax payer anyway so you may as well look to succeed big 😊
  16. 4 points
    Suhrly

    What would you charge?

    This is everything Spruce. The amount of times I've heard 'advice' on here saying 'you're prices are too low etc etc'...ok mate I'll put my prices up and charge X amount. Thanks, now I can't sleep at night for the fear I know I went too high and now that customer will be looking for someone else and will drop me the first chance they get. I know cos it's happened to me. You have to be very careful. That's why I would only take advice from the cleaners in your area. What's the point of us up here in the North East asking for pricing advice and the London guys to say £35 for what we would or more specifically, COULD charge £10...?? Yes you COULD charge them £35, but don't expect to have their custom for very long. This game is a marathon not a sprint.
  17. 4 points
    Part Timer

    What would you charge?

    Personally, my view on this is is a waste of time. Once someone asks ground floor only they don't want a window cleaner, they want someone to quote a stupid low price so they don't have to do them. Hope I'm wrong.
  18. 4 points
    Part Timer

    Carry a garden hose as part of your van system ?

    Our water is 300+ and I've done countless glass roofs this way, wouldn't do one without outside tap, and never had a problem.
  19. 4 points
    Suhrly

    New to wfp streaks!!

    I'm just puzzled. It literally take 2 seconds to run ya brush over the (clean) vents each clean just to keep that dirt away and from building up. If it does build up not only is it causing a problem for yourself but also surely the customer is going to notice?
  20. 4 points
    Davy G

    New to wfp streaks!!

    I do exactly that. I always wash the vents every time. For exactly the reason you pointed out.
  21. 4 points
    Davy G

    New to wfp streaks!!

    When there's a streak it's nearly always a trail coming from something directly above as the guys have said, especially on the first clean or two. I used to lose sleep over the darn things when I was starting out. Now I make sure to really wash out any vents or suspect areas like the underneath of opening fanlight windows. Once they've been thoroughly washed a few times in the early days, they shouldn't need too much, if any, extra on subsequent washes. It's a worry to you now but it will come right. Especially in the early days you'll probably be doing quite a few houses that haven't been done for a good while so there'll be a a lot of dirt hidden in nooks and crannies. Teething troubles buddy. You'll get past them, and probably won't know yourself before long. 🙂
  22. 4 points
    steve garwood

    Sign writing. selling your business

  23. 3 points
    Chris33

    Advice on starting out

    Yeah Gav hosts both my sites, updates them regularly and is by far the easiest web guy to work with..cos sometimes it's like pulling teeth
  24. 3 points
    Iron Giant

    Advice on starting out

    @Gav could build you a website I am sure as he built @Chris33 site and has done quite a few plus building this forum see https://thrivewp.com
  25. 3 points
    Robbo

    Mulling over a new pole!

    If I were you, I would go with the next one up. An SLX 22, but get 2 extensions (you can add these, easily and quickly, when you need them). The 22 has a shorter closed length than the 25, so it's easier around awkward access, and it's lighter and more rigid too in daily use. Personally, I use an Xtreme 22 (with 2 extensions). I have really bad tennis elbow, so I need the lightest pole possible, (or I don't work)! The 22 does all my houses (except 2). I think i'll dump them to be honest. I've had SLXs and they are absolutely great poles.
  26. 3 points
    Green Pro Clean Ltd

    Titan 30ft Pole Raffle for dementia

    The lads at The Cleaning Warehouse home of the Water Genie range sent me an email last night to enter their prize draw for a Titan 30ft Carbon Pole. Having used this it's a pole I'd be happy to own. They are raffling it off with a just giving page to raise money for dementia something many of us are more than familiar with. My mother was a nurse in a dementia care home for over 20 years before retirement. My wife did 6 years as a care assistant in a care home for dementia and most personally my Grandmother, someone that has know me for 46 years now does not recognize me at all. She made it to 95 but now does not recognize a single member of the family. Us windies are know for talking up how well the rounds are going so lets see you share some of that love and fortune, even if it's only a £5 it all helps lads but I hope you'll step up and dig deep. The pole is just a bonus you may get for doing the right thing. Here's the details.
  27. 3 points
    Pjj

    Booked for tomorrow, now postponed until next month?

    We don’t txt any customers never have never will , don’t have the time for it there are plenty of jobs out there that don’t need to txt if access is going to be a problem we don’t take the job on been there done that . We also don’t tolerate cancellation on the day unless they are decorating or building works going on , my windows don’t look dirty would get the response that’s beacause we clean them regularly , I would then remind them of our verbal contract of regular work every 4 weeks , if they still don’t want them doing instant dump and never go back end off , I agree with iron giant about billing them but have never done that as the likelihood of them paying is nill
  28. 3 points
    Green Pro Clean Ltd

    Bit on the side

    I am a fan of George, I think one of the best artists for a generation and on the telly seems a very genuine lad as well. Loved his Radio two interview where her talked about making the Staying At Tamaras album. As for property, 20 years ago people were saying 'I'm probably 20 years too late' and 20 years before that and so on. You're not, you just look at it wrong (IMO) The reason the Indians, the Polish etc seem to be able to buy up endless property is they put pride aside, they get partnered up with like minded people to be sure that they are not waiting alone until they get enough money for that first buy, they will put in any of the work they can themselves so they need not pay someone if they don't have to and they will start at the ground up with one little terrace you or I probably wouldn't entertain. A fellow window cleaner I know fell in love with Turkey, bought a small 'villa' there, stayed a few weeks then decided to hire an agent to let it out as holiday lets, it got booked 18 plus months in advance, so he bought another, same again, and now has a third and lives their full time, all in three years. Our story? We have the window cleaning franchise, still growing, my wife invests in 'lots' (parcels of land) ((Including plots in cemeteries)) in the Philippines where the value can double almost every year, we have some other small business interests there as well, and she has her lead generation business here also. I was a professional photographer before retirement from that industry in 2005 but got to travel the world and back taking images all over. These are filed with 5 of the top stock agencies and I still earn passive income from their sales when people buy the rights to use the image on a project, have had all sorts from the cover of Greek Vogue to book covers for the Italiys top murder mystery writer, to my most proud achievement, a first class stamp in 2011 for the Royal Mail and World Wildlife Foundation of an Amur Leopard, a tricky creature to track and many more projects As I age I think more about passive income again so I continue to grow the franchise and have made a move towards relighting my passion for photography and videography and do a little most days, beats binge watching Netflix, that's for sure.
  29. 3 points
    spruce

    Booked for tomorrow, now postponed until next month?

    How long have you been doing the job? From the post it sounds as though you've just done the first clean. How dirty were the windows when you cleaned them? Are you in the area on the 22 July? As has been often stated, you have to clearly set your stall out at the beginning. ( First clean price, 4 weekly price or 8 weekly price with them choosing the period). If you did and the customer is moving the goal posts, then this isn't a job I would persue tbh. But then I would say that as I don't need the work and so see things differently to someone who does. In our early window cleaning days when we needed the work I would probably have seen what happens on the 22nd July. But I would text closer to the date to confirm. If you get another excuse then you have your answer.
  30. 3 points
    Pjj

    leisure battery question

    If the controller is turned off at the end of the day it will not drain the battery evan the ones that have a frost stat only draw a tiny bit of power to monitor temperature. The controller should not need re calibrating as far as Ime aware after disconnecting the battery’s I have never needed to re calibrate mine after doing that
  31. 3 points
    spruce

    What would you charge?

    Unfortunately the job centers are the worst advisors for this as they will say anything to inspire a job seeker into self employment and get them off their books. They advised: Become a window cleaner. Look for all the bungalows where you can reach lower windows without using ladders. Find out what they are paying and undercut to get the work. Window cleaners can afford to loose some of their work. All you need is to spend X number of hours a day cleaning windows to make up to 16 or is it 24 hours a week. It doesn't matter if one bungalow takes you an hour and you charge £5. You can claim tax credits in all their forms to top up your wages. All you need to achieve your minimum working hours are 2 weekly cleans and 48 customers. Then this new cleaner finds out that he can zip through his weekly round in less than half the time and still claim to work his miniumum hours a week. For him its a win win situation. He works 8 to 10 hours a week and is far better off than most of us working full time as he has no mortgage or council taxes to pay.
  32. 3 points
    spruce

    What would you charge?

    This is a good post. Most cleaners will know what their total running costs were for the year as that amount is tax deductable. But how many of us have taken it further. I don't know how you would relate your running costs to an hourly basis as I have no idea how many hours I actually work over a given period. But I do know how many cleans I did in a given tax year and how much my total turnover (sales) was for that same period. From those 2 facts I can work out what percentage of each clean my running costs are. (These figures would exclude any earnings.) So if my running costs are 45% of my total sales then my running costs to clean a £10 house are £4.50. If I have a compact round and could knock out 3 houses an hour minimum this would give me a reasonable wage in the North East. If I had to travel for 10 minutes to clean that property and then travel back, the job isn't worth doing. I know that from the figures. Its not perfect but it gives a pointer as some years can have higher running costs than other years.
  33. 3 points
    Neil.. Lancashire

    What would you charge?

    If you work out what your real running cost are you then know what you need to charge per hour depending on what your happy to earn. Work out travel times between job, then its being honest with how long a jobs going to take to do. Everybody's has under priced jobs. You learn from it. Its always a little stressful at the begging 😃
  34. 3 points
    Cleanteam South west

    Sign writing. selling your business

    I have allways been a massive fan of your van selling your business, from having a cleaning company in the late 90s where i had a Bright yellow estate then buying a big yellow Taxi in 2000. There has been a few people on here asking about van sign writing so come on lets see yours....... heres my latest My logo are my 3 kids ..... two girls one boy lol
  35. 3 points
    Daniel Perkins

    Need help pricing this commercial job

    Part timer is spot on, if they ask for one it won't be without the other. In 22 ish years of cleaning commercial work.. I have been asked 4 times. Public liability insurance though, now that is what I get asked to produce a lot.
  36. 3 points
    Pjj

    Carry a garden hose as part of your van system ?

    it will be fine we regularly do jobs with a tds of 450 this way providing you do a final very quick rub with the pole then rinse with pure no issues at all .
  37. 3 points
    Part Timer

    Need help pricing this commercial job

    If anything they'll ask for a method statement or both. Never been asked for a risk assessment without supplying a method statement
  38. 3 points
    adamangler

    Price rise after 5 yrs.

    Take a deep breath, block his number, delete him from the round and move on No point replying because inevitably you get another smart reply back and you only wind yourself up by getting angry.
  39. 3 points
    spruce

    Noise of doom transit T280?

    It could be anything from the power steering pump to the power steering rack itself. There is a little actuator valve inside the rack that diverts pressurised fluid in the direction of the turn that could be noisy. Then again as @Part Timer suggests, it could be the steering fluid is low and the pump is sucking air. If its leaking you would know as fluid will be all over the road underneath the van. It could also be a squeeky 'seal' or gasket on the steering shaft that goes from the steering wheel through the bulkhead. Generally power steering systems are very reliable. It might even be a seized upper bearing on top of one (or both) of the front suspension struts or even a lower ball joint. They really need to find it at the garage as these are just guesses. It won't be an airbag. They have a gas which is ignited on deployment. The gas expands massively which creates the protective cushion. But it also has to deflate quickly to prevent the occupant being suffocated if he/she is unconscious.
  40. 3 points
    Part Timer

    Noise of doom transit T280?

    Sounds like your power steering fluid is low There's a small bottle near the top of the engine, try and find it. @spruceis the man
  41. 3 points
    Jjs window cleaning service

    Sign writing. selling your business

    Here's mine...best advertising money I ever spent
  42. 3 points
    Part Timer

    window federation or association

    I agree with @Pjj but it depends on what you want. Personally don't see what they offer. Supposed cheap Insurance, training, method statements etc? Not cheap once you pay their fees every year. Filled the odd tender that asked if I was a member of a Federation. Apart from that never thought about joining and with this site and the internet all the information required is out there.
  43. 3 points
    Den

    Sign writing. selling your business

    Shame about the colour 😂 I fancy one of these next 👍
  44. 3 points
    Cleanteam South west

    Sign writing. selling your business

    Rear and front of my van
  45. 3 points
    Teaboy

    Window cleaning and depression

    You just have to break it down fella and talk, as you grow it gets lonelier and harder to make them 10% gains, Im great at creating big goals and how to achieve them but I dont create smaller goals that I can achieve daily/weekly/monthly. and now I've ended up mind ****** and broken because I havent got this big goal when it all went to **** for a multitude of factors. The best advice I can give is Focus on the small stuff and yourself the big stuff will come!! A house is built of individual bricks its easier to just look at the whole thing rather than think today I want to earn that brick!! If you are struggling or want to vent Im more than happy to listen or chat dm me for my mobile. Ive said it before on here if anybody wants to discuss anything Im happy to talk and discuss my **** ups lol
  46. 3 points
    Ash87

    just did the first quote...

    I only offer 6 weekly now , i used to offer 4 or 8 .When i quote i walk the property with them ask them if they want a regular clean - tell them all my customers are 6 weekly because in my 10 years experiance its the best frequancy for me and them, i actually reckon customers are more obliged to go for 6 and only 6 because 4 is "too soon" and 8 is "abit long" .
  47. 3 points
    Green Pro Clean Ltd

    just did the first quote...

    I know I'll get chewed up for this but...... I struggle to see a schedule outside monthly and bi-monthly. Here's why. 6 weekly means you need 50% more custom to have a full round than if monthly. 4 weekly instead of monthly? This means 13 cleans in a 12 month period as opposed to 12.... I worry that on those extra long months where a customer will get two cleans in one calendar month they may decide it's too frequent and drop you. 2 weekly / 4 weekly / 6 weekly / daily / six monthly / on request / 3 full moon in every quarter etc WHAT? Are you mad? Just a few short months in and you'll have such scheduling conflicts that it will make you cry The only way you can pull this off is as a larger multi van operation. I believe that as one van or two you can (should) only run 3 options 1: One off 2: Monthly 3: Bi Monthly Or 4 week / 8 week Or 6 week / 12 week Which ever suits your life style best. Monthly / Bi Monthly is how I was trained. 4 weeks to every month so when a month has a few day left over at the end it's a bonus long weekend for a break or some gutters etc. Never let a customer dictate a schedule to you be sure you are the one telling them what they can have and let them choose a 'choice' that suits you. We are 70% monthly 30% bi-monthly (at a premium of course) the lads will do say 25 monthly jobs today with 5 bi-monthly. Next month the same 25 monthly with an alternate 5 bi-monthly customers so it all fits nicely. Of course before the chewing starts this is just how we do it.
  48. 3 points
    Davy G

    just did the first quote...

    I would keep the schedule spacing simple. I've found 6 weekly to be the sweet spot. That's my standard now, with the exception of some, large, expensive country houses where I will do some in groups at 8 weeks at a higher price. I do a very few at 12 weeks but I charge a lot more for them. It's important to plan for the future and make the diary work as easy as you can for yourself. Ie, 12 weekly is every other time with neighbouring 6 weekly washes. Don’t make hard work for yourself. 🙂
  49. 3 points
    steve garwood

    Price rise after 5 yrs.

    Only one word required, goodbye
  50. 2 points
    jack b

    leisure battery question

    No need to disconnect the battery and take it out of the van. If you have the access (van near to your house or on a driveway near to a power source) just connect your charger to the terminals (leave that in the van) and run the cable into the house. Been doing this for years, same battery 4 years, no issues. Have mine plugged into a circuit breaker which then goes into the wall socket. Somebody on here will probably scorn this very simple method though !
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