City Centre Shops

Discussion in 'Traditional Window Cleaning' started by Mart1001, Jul 28, 2013.

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  1. Mart1001

    Mart1001 Well-Known Member
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    Hi guys...

    Do you tend to charge more to clean the windows of city centre shops ?

    I have a couple of small shop fronts that I charge £5 each for(a couple of big windows and a door) which I can do in 5-10 minutes per shop(outside glass) but, I've been asked to go and give a quote to a simular sized shop which is located in the city centre. Forget parking fee's/travel etc, Ill incorperate that but, do you tend to charge more for the work itself as the shop is city centre ?
    It's just that I realise that the rent is alot more expensive for city centre shops etc and so I was wondering whether I should also look to charge more....£8 for example. Hopefully, I'll pick up a couple more shops as the windows in that particular part of town look dirty and obviously, I would love to break into this type of work as it's easy and pays well but I'm just not sure how I should price.

    What do you guys think ?

    Mart.
     
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  2. Belfastcleaning

    Belfastcleaning Grand Master
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    I wouldn't price differently just because of the location.. I have seen the ground floor shops in the city centre being done by old boys.. Probably doing them for years and charging low.. But still able to make a good wage.. As you say £5 for 5 mins work.. Can't be bad to that.. But of course you would need more than 1 £5 shop to make it worth your while
     
  3. Mart1001

    Mart1001 Well-Known Member
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    Thanks Belfast.
    Yea, you helped me make up my mind to just charge the same as I would anywhere else. I went to see the guy today and he was happy enough with £5 and wants them cleaned weekly. I couldn't pick anymore up along the same strip though, most were saying they have one...one said an old guy does them for 4 quid inside n out.....inside n out ?? I told them they have a bargain then.
    I dropped a couple of cards to others that were mildly interested and left it there. £5 isn't really worth my hassle but, maybe something will develope now I have my foot in the door. Another factor is, the shop I have sells windows and conservatories so, that in itself might lead to other avenues.

    Mart.
     
  4. tench0771

    tench0771 Grand Master
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    some times i think it dont matter if u go out ur way to clean shops or houses cos u never no wat else u may pick up in time when people c u there. an if u have a van all sign written it will take no time at all to get more wrk in that area then it will b well wrth traveling out there.
     
  5. Tuffers

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    Some good points there Mart. When starting out it's probably a good idea to take on what you can get. It snowballs, customers sister needs a windy, neighbour of the sister wants you, friend of the neighbour etc etc. I picked a job up last week. I cleaned their windows years ago for a fiver. It was a rented small cottage. Anyway, I saw the bloke at a petrol station last week and he asked me to quote his new house. I thought, ahh it's probably another dump. How wrong was I. A bloody big farmhouse that he'd built from scratch. Got the job and flyered his village. No come back as yet, but you never know ;-)

    The moral is, never turn your nose up till you're sure it's not worth your while.
     
  6. OoO

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    From little acorns........

    I went out of my way on a £12 house. One off. Her spreading the word as resulted in nearly £400s worth of one off work.

    In a month or two gonna clean her windows for free. :)
     
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