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This is an interview with my father, Bruce McKay. He's run his business for over 30 years!
 
Lets hear his story...
 
 
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Ok guys who does the best tank and frames. Need a new one but preferably flat.
 
Id like to know based on quality, baffles and cost who think offers the best tank and frame or delivery only system. 
 
Cheers
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Hi all
 
The following work is up for sale from Feb/March next year as I'll be moving abroad.
 
Approx 170 customers spread over 12 streets within 10 minutes of each other in Welling and Blackfen areas. The rounds brings in approx £1220 per month.
 
Work is done with WFP and most of my customers have been with me for 10+ years.
 
The asking price is £6100 ono. 
 
Also being sold is approx £20O weekly income from 35 shops in Welling HIgh Street. This work is done traditionally.
 
Asking price is £4500 ono. 
 
Thanks, Kevin
 
 
 
 
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A quick review of Gardiners Swivel angle adaptor.
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Just a quick how to video on how to do internal windows.  Mostly for noobs and those wanting to do the occasional interior.  Not aimed at the pros or trying to teach granny about sucking eggs. Hope you enjoy. 
 
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Rain Water Harvesting Advice Please Help!
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Gardiner SLX or CLX?
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Best brush for gutters
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Lead Generation Service
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D.I.Y Electric hose reel conversion for less than £50
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Phoenix neon
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Hi Guys

Due to starting college full time I'm regretfully selling everything.

 

All equipment is 6 months or less old.  

·         Claber hose reel and 100m 8mm microbore hose - £50

·         Spectrum DI vessel 11L  x2- £150

·         DI Resin  Tulsion MB115 25L unopened - £70

·         Wydale Flat baffled tank 500L Height: 62cm Width: 92cm Length: 100cm
Weight: 35kg - £200

·         SLX 25 Gardiner pole with univalve and 3 brushes - £225

·         Split charge relay - £35

·         Shurflo 5L 100psi pump and Varistream controller - £120

·         Gardiner Backpack V3 22L - £75

·         Skyvac Atom 1600watt 35L capacity with 6 carbon fibre poles 9m/30ft - £350

 

I will sell it all together for £1100 or at the individual prices

Collection only Plymouth PL5

 

Thanks

 
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Ok so this is a brief guide / walk through as to how to recover a debt / file a claim with the Small Claims Court against a residential client.
 
Now many will say 'Oh just write it off, it's only £10' or whatever the price is but in my book the price is irrelevant, it is principal.
 
If I let a customer get away with two months of window cleaning and I do nothing about it except drop them when they see another window cleaner they will pull the same stunt and get away with more free window cleaning. Unacceptable. If I take action they will think twice before taking liberties with a fellow windy in future.
 
I have in the past successfully filed against a residential customer and done so as a matter of principal.
 
The key thing to remember is that being able to take action begins at day 1 when you sign them up as a new client, you need both first and last name and full address minimum, this will make your life easier as you go as you will file against 'Mary Roberts' instead of just 'Mary'
 
This is my final demand by text for payment.
 

 
Now many will say 'oh you don't have a contract etc etc' well the news for you is that a verbal agreement is still a contract under English law. Also you will be very hard pushed to find a Judge in England that has not had a window cleaner at some point and this is in your favor as the judge already understands that window cleaning is a verbal agreement.
 
I have sent three of these today and given them till Friday to make a payment.
 
Ruth Fern
Leila Simms
Jackie Cole
 
I will update you all on the process as it unfolds I know full well that Jackie Cole will not pay as she has ignored previous threats of action. But we will see.
 
Some on here may also suggest Thomas Higgins solicitors £2+ VAT letter but Higgins will only chase a debt above £25.01 and if proceeding to court can actually end up costing you money so really IMO only worth while for a sizable commercial debt.
 
Will keep you posted
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Hi

I have just started up window cleaning with a Gardiner backpack and CLX18 pole and would love some advice on pricing. I have been assuming that the frames are included but have been advised that this is not the case. Please help me with a solid guide as I am lost and in the dark now. I also live in Bournemouth so again a consideration as up north for instance they charge less etc. Many thanks

 

Jeff
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Any know of any good apps for organising customers
 
 
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Going to be a fun day tomorrow trying out these bad boys
 
 
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If you are having any issues with the moerman squeegee, this is a short video discussion on possible fixes to some issues folks have with them.
 
Thank you
 
TRAD - MAN
 

 
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I've been working on this Calculator to estimate the time/charge for window cleaning for about a year. I keep tweaking it when I find situations where it didn't work and it's pretty good now. I often use it while quoting and it's saved me a few times where I would have underpriced things.

I'd like to make it into an app and release it but think it needs a wider field test. Download it and have a go and see what you think- does it work with your houses? Any issues or improvements?

I made it on Excel mobile so you need excel to open it.

Dead easy to use, just fill in the blue sections and don't touch the rest!

 

Window Estimator.xlsx
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I can't post this in the Marketing section for some reason, so will post it here instead.
 
Here are a few resources on creating a vector logo. You do not need to pay someone to do it for you, it is very easy, and it also means you can make adjustments anytime you want. It will inherently create a healthier business because you have full control of it. I will do one as well on how to create a website using wordpress when I create mine, again creating a website is easy because coding is a thing of the past, now mere mortals like us can create one with relative ease, and we are talking about high quality, not low graded muck that I see online, and again you will have full control because you have the knowledge to make changes. Anyway, here are the resources below for creating a logo.
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How to start a window cleaning business.
 

Starting a window cleaning round/business

As with setting up any business, it can be a mixture of excitement and utter stress. The key is proper planning and realistic expectations.

Starting a window cleaning business is certainly a great choice as a business model and one that allows a fair amount of freedom. Still, you will only get out what you put in! So let's talk a little about why you want to be a window cleaner, what the best methods are and everything in between.
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