Bad day

Discussion in 'Chit Chat & Introductions' started by adamangler, Mar 19, 2015.

Advertisement
  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.
  2. Welcome to the UK Window Cleaning Forums.
    Starting or own a window cleaning business? We're a network of window cleaners sharing advice, tips & experience. Rounds for sale & more. Join us today!

  1. adamangler

    adamangler Wakefield Window Warrior
    Member

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2014
    Messages:
    2,129
    Likes Received:
    633
    Today ive had my first really **** day since starting windows.

    Had 8 jobs to do today, (im part time)

    one of them asked me other day to clean conny roof as well as windows (£15 house), never seen conny before or cleaned one i quoted £15 via text (first mistake lol)

    Anyway 9am start, get to conny roof house, 2 and a half hours later finished it, way underpriced it pissed off with myself.

    Next job 10 mins fine, she paid last week so no cash this time

    3rd job first clean, wasnt bad took half hour, trolley starts playing up, swapped batterys pumps, the lot, still coughing and spluttering, ******* about for ages before realising hose had an air leak, fitting kept popping off no more clips.

    4th job hydrophobic first clean (ffs) its now 1:30pm and ******* trolleys at it again, cleaned all house frames, went back did all glass, ran out of water, noticed two big runs on glass, ffs gets out mi £1 wilko squeegee rubber kept dropping out of channel, then handle snapped lmfao felt like killing someone lol.

    Anyway though ******** to this trolley, went to b&q for a hoselock reel, then spent 2 hours cleaning van out, putting microbore on it (with not correct fittings) so now ive got a van mount.

    Had my tea its 5pm now, gt a call from first job, youve damaged my conservatory, im confused.

    Goes back, somehow id knocked 4 end caps off and they were in gutter, husband was a miserable git, im knackered at this point and really had enough, any way get up puts 3 back on that were in guttering.

    couldnt find the 4th one, i said must have been missing as i havent moved any, no they were all there he says, anyway finds it in a bush, theres a plastic insert in it that had dropped out and so was technically broken although if i had noticed earlier i could have stuck everything back on and no one had known.

    So told him id sort it and ive found one on ebay there only a fiver so ive ordered it.

    Ive no doubt lost that custie, but also im sure hes not gonna pay me the 30quid for cleaning his house today either, im not sure if i should even ask for money

    I feel terrible, no idea why i didnt notice, i think i underpriced by way too much then was pissed off with myself so rushed, theres no harm done in the end just really upset me today.

    After all pure water ive used, diesel, tax, replacing that end cap and messing about id be lucky to have made a tenner today. i wish i had stayed in bed feel like **** lol.

    still 4 jobs that didnt get done, will have to do them monday now

    Ive learned a valuable lesson though, never ever under price or quote blind, need to charge a good price that allows me to do the job properly without rushing.
     
    Advertisement
  2. Tuffers

    Tuffers Hero
    Member

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2012
    Messages:
    9,379
    Likes Received:
    2,741
    Onwards and upwards fella :thumbsup:
     
  3. SPCleaning

    SPCleaning Guru
    Member

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2013
    Messages:
    1,323
    Likes Received:
    690
    We all get bad days. We all have (if we are honest) in the past priced a job that has bit us painfully in the rear end. I broke a garden lamp last week so damages happen too.

    I once swept a chimney and the clay pot came off and smashed a series of holes in a slate roof before smashing on the ground. That cost me.

    New day tomorrow. Go out fighting.
     
  4. Posh

    Posh Hero
    Member

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2012
    Messages:
    5,901
    Likes Received:
    954
    A good lesson learnt.
    Also I would say don't buy cheap **** gear. Wilkos indeed.
    Have the correct tools & spares.
    Trolley should have been sorted before you set off.
    But we all make mistakes & have **** days but there all a learning curve.
    I've made the mistake of quoting blind. Been caught a few times. Why did you not collect the money when you went back to fix connie.?

    Tomorows another day.
     
  5. ALPINEYORKS

    ALPINEYORKS Active Member
    Member

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2012
    Messages:
    170
    Likes Received:
    12
    Get the money. Who's to say their not scummers and took them all off just so they didn't have to pay! Pushing boundaries I think. Surely you would have noticed the plastic end caps falling off
     
  6. daveyboy

    daveyboy Legend
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2014
    Messages:
    12,994
    Likes Received:
    4,672
    Tell him pay the money or you will smash his windows..they must be trying it on
     
  7. adamangler

    adamangler Wakefield Window Warrior
    Member

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2014
    Messages:
    2,129
    Likes Received:
    633
    I know i knocked one off because it fell on floor,i put it back on. i just never nooticed knocking others off and just assumed they were missing already. I didnt ask for money because they made me feel like **** tbh, woman rung up ranting id damaged her conny then bloke was really miserable about it even though i apologised profusely and went straight back.

    My gear wasnt sorted before hand because i live in a flat and have to park 5 mins walk away as no parking all my stuff is at my mothers house 15mins away. Im moving soon and cant wait as all i seem to be doing lately is rushing around not knowing what day it is for not alot of profit.
     
  8. Neil

    Neil Grand Master
    Member

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2012
    Messages:
    3,750
    Likes Received:
    354
    Ive had bad days like that mate it's just lucky it's happened on a small job at least you have learnt from this which is not a bad thing. As tuffers said onwards and upwards keep your head up , keep waving that pole around and earn some dough next week


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
  9. adamangler

    adamangler Wakefield Window Warrior
    Member

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2014
    Messages:
    2,129
    Likes Received:
    633
    haha mate, ive ordered a new end cap that i "broke" so will go fit it next week and then ask for money. Was too knackerd today to get into an argument and just felt guilty i suppose.
     
  10. Green Pro Clean Ltd

    Moderator

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2015
    Messages:
    5,135
    Likes Received:
    2,136
    Far from a s**t day Adam, you have gotten the one thing money cant buy, EXPERIENCE. We have all been there at some point and had a day or three like that along the way and because of that we can all sympathize.

    Now you know all the things you did wrong today, tomorrow it is easier to do them right.
     
Advertisement