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About laddergarder

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  1. I pay an hourly rate for a fixed 32 hour contract. But I also have a target system where if my staff hit there target for the week, they can go home early. This has worked well for me. On a side note I would mention I only contract 4 days because I can't guarantee much more than that with the weather. Allot in my area just pay a commission. Some as low as 40% on a self employed baises. I know it's not strictly right, but they get away with it. Sent using the Window Cleaning Forums mobile app
  2. If I recall right I have some no claims on each van I have. I have a multicar business policy for my transit & kangoo. So I would only loose the no claims on which ever one has an accident. If I only had one van, I would imagine it would be my no claims I would loss. Sent using the Window Cleaning Forums mobile app
  3. I started out doing much of the same thing. Using only extension poles, for maybe my first 6 months in business. If you do want to clean windows trad, get a ladder. You will be able to work faster than using trad poles, and if its only 20ft doubles, you wont be up too high. If heights really aren't your thing, and you cant see yourself getting used to, or wanting to work at heights. Then go WFP. You can use a backpack, and a cheap pole, Di filters... and all the other bits you need for under £500. Ladders, roof bars, padlocks, ladders mats, footies, wedges etc would not be too much cheaper. maybe £2/300 all in all. The main reason, I say that is you want to knock the work out quickly, and trad poles are great for getting to awkward windows, but I would hate to have o use them all day.
  4. I have hooks on to the wall of my van, for trad poles and a 30ft wfp. The wfp doesn't move an inch. The small 6ft trad pole I have a bungie over it. The hooks cost about £4 from B&Q. Sent using the Window Cleaning Forums mobile app
  5. You can buy per fab tanks online. Or go to a wielders. How large a tank are you going to use. Sent using the Window Cleaning Forums mobile app
  6. What do you need to know. I won't use your form. Too many dodgy links online. Sent using the Window Cleaning Forums mobile app
  7. This is what happens when you are open about pricing on a forum. You get window cleaners working in London. Comparing themself to window cleaners working in totally different economic enviroments. Some clean frames some don't. The sad thing is windows cleaners just starting out wondering what to charge, are left clueless, when they read threads like this. Sent using the Window Cleaning Forums mobile app
  8. Round partner had just integrated this into there system. So you can make requests there and then. Not something I can see me buying into. I get almost all my customers in, paid cash. The ones I don't, pay online through my site. Any given time I am only owed from about 15/20 customers. I would love you give up collecting. But I would rather do it, instead of paying charges on every job. Sent using the Window Cleaning Forums mobile app
  9. @adamangler Why do I think charging £40 an hour is expensive. Because I would be charging out 60k a year to my customers for 1 self employed window cleaner. I think we may be comparing two different things. I make a minimum of £20ph every hour. Sometime a little more. For a two bed. 5 windows. I would be £7/8. Depends on the size and height. Though. I live about town about 20 miles from Glasgow. Sent using the Window Cleaning Forums mobile app
  10. £40 seems allot to me. I would love to charge that, but honestly, I wouldn't get any work in my area. £20+ an hour makes me just over 27k a year in sales. Working 4 days a week. .I can make money at that.
  11. I have one area could maybe do more than 3 an hour, but generally speaking I can do 2/3 houses an hour. Which is why I charge a minimum of £7. Now I do have some as low as £6, everyone will have a few thats under priced, especially if you have been at it for a while. But for new customers, its £7 minimum. So I can make a least £20 an hour. I can totally understand some others on here who maybe from areas where the cost of living is greater, i.e. London having a minimum charge of £10+. Every job I do takes some time. Sure you can get some that a next door to each other, and are fairly compact. But you will still have a certain percentage of your time spent driving no mater how compact it is. If it was a little old dear, with 5 windows, 2 up 3 down. all medium sized. I would charge £7(glass only). I would do in all likely hood 3 an hour, taking into account a little moving and dealing with customers. I could spent 40 minutes to an hour just standing at peoples doors trying to get paid (2-3min over 20). Everything takes time. Even if you only spent 10% of your time driving (6 minutes of every hour), that is still nearly an hour of your day there.
  12. Go £1.25 your next 10 quotes. I bet you get a least 8 of them. That 25p is a difference of over 5k a year. Be brave. That 5k might be the difference between make a profit and making a loss as cost go up. Sent using the Window Cleaning Forums mobile app
  13. If your going to charge at set price per window. Without going different prices for large higher windows. Go £1.25. Or even £1 bottoms £1.50 tops. People having been mentioning £1 per window on forums for over a decade. It's honestly a bit out dated now. You need to go a bit higher. You may have these customer for many many years. Once you do them for a while, it's difficult to get your customers to pay more. Try get the price right from the get go. Sent using the Window Cleaning Forums mobile app
  14. 2 windows. Sent using the Window Cleaning Forums mobile app
  15. If you are doing 40 houses a day I am impressed. I have been cleaning windows for over 10 years, and don't do anywhere near that. 20 odd houses max for me, and I would say my work is fairly compact with that. My Average price is about £8.70.