Buying Work

Discussion in 'Advertising Offline/Online & Canvassing' started by joe34, Feb 23, 2013.

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  1. joe34

    joe34 Well-Known Member
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    Has anyone ever bought any window cleaning work and if so what do you think a fair price is ? 3 times the monthly income?i've seen on that window cleaning round for sale site some work going for 10 times the monthly clean??
     
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  2. iluvwindows

    iluvwindows Well-Known Member
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    3x seems ok so long as the rounds been established for more than 2 years
     
  3. OoO

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    Some will try for 10X depends on the round.

    25 years running - £5000 a month - ALL WFP

    Will command a premium!
     
  4. nwcs

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    i just sold some work.

    got 6 cleans.

    great work, great customers, great payers.

    estabilished 11 years.

    i thought 6 cleans was cheap

    a good round can be kept for your full working life.

    just was 30 miles away from me so thought time to get rid.....

    18 years ago i sold my round at the time and got 2.5 cleans.

    good customers and water fed pole work well worth buying....
     
  5. essex boy

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    If it is established and they are good payers it all depends on your area and what someone is prepared to pay. Where I live in Essex a good round will sell for 6 to 7 times the monthly value.
    Before buying these lower should take you round and be prepared to lose some work. I am not sure of the percentage but inevitabely some customers will take the change as a chance to stop having a WC.
     
  6. nearlyclean

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    Essex boy is right work into your budget to lose a few. When I brought work in the past lost between 5-10%
    Over a period of 6 months due to them not liking me or me not liking them but then a fresh face in the area you pick up more work and sort of cancels out. I paid 3x for a couple of rounds and 5x for days work. It depends how long the work has been established, access issues and how compact the work is. Sold some work last year at 1.5 x because it had access issues and wanted a quick sale as didn't want to do the work no more. But always go round and have a look at the round before agreeing a price as the asking price might be more than he is willing to sell for. Like when you be a used car and they want £5000 you think I offer £4000 and you settle at £4500 same with a round worse they can say is no
     
  7. essex boy

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    nearly is spot on. The biggest issues are access. If a WC is remaining in the business and tells you he is selling off some of his work because he is too busy you can almost guarantee it will be his rubbish that needs someone in to gain access, has balconies that need ladders (assuming WFP) or is underpriced.

    Let's face it, if the work is good work why sell unless of course you are I'll or similar.

    Also, ask some of the customers how long the seller has been cleaning their windows. When I started out everyone selling had good well established work, 6 years...blah, blah, blah......except it was a few months.

    Just be careful and write down what you want and make sure you get it or farirly near to it. Obviously be realistic, when buying work you have to be prepared to meet in the middle.

    Of course you could always canvass (sorry for swearing).
     
  8. joe34

    joe34 Well-Known Member
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    The guy i'm buying it of is going to retire he wants 5 times the amount and the round does on average 3600 a month so a fair bit of money

    He has got some good priced work but also has some not so good mixed in with it, the work is very close to my own so would fit in well ,just abit nervous as alot of money involved and worried about the handover.

    Thanks for all the advise
     
  9. nwcs

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    joe 34....
    your right to be worried as its alot of work and alot of money.

    think u need to ask yourself are u going to be able to get the work done and your own every month.

    plus do u really need that amount of work....

    unless your a big company with several lads working for u i wouldnt buy it all.

    ask if u can buy £1000. worth of work then if thats good then in a couple of months buy another £1000. worth.....if the man is retiring he wont mind selling it a bit at a time....

    then u can cheak work out and if its good buy more if its **** dont....then your not £20000 down
     
  10. harunh

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    if someones got a big round for sale..... ask them to sell it in portions :)

    And nwcs.... if u got any more work to get rid of plz let me know mate
     
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