Hi all, trad window cleaner from nz

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  1. K@OSNZ

    K@OSNZ Newcomer
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    Hi everyone Gavin (K@OS) from Waiheke Island, NZ here.
    This is my first post after trawling on here for a couple of weeks.

    Thanks to Smurf & H, already some good tips and advise from you two.

    I notice in the UK an average house price for you is about 10 quid which equates to around $25-30 NZD
    I would be poor and working my butt off if I charged that here due to the size of the houses.
    A typical house here would be 30 - 50 panes of glass ranging from 50-100cm diagonal to 350-400cm diagonal and more than likely 2 levels high.
    Any help here would be appreciated regarding pricing in NZ or the comparative price for a place like that in UK? Any Kiwi or Ausies here that could help me with residential, retail & commercial pricing? How do you charge here? by time or by pane?
    Also any advise on equipment suppliers in NZ would be helpful too.

    Thanks to everyone who can help:thumbs:
     
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  2. Smurf

    Smurf Banned
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    Hi & welcome to the forum :thumbsup:
     
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    Another antipodean, welcome K@OZNZ :thumbsup:
     
  4. daveyboy

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    Hi fella and welcome

    How do other guys price where you are??
    I would work out what i want per hour/day and price according to time
     
  5. KiwiNeil

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    Hi Gavin, I am also here in NZ.

    I arrived at my prices by deciding how much I wanted to earn per day.

    Hypothetically say I want to earn $52,000 per year the calculation goes:
    52,000/48 (being annual earnings divided by number of weeks in the year, allowing 4 weeks PAID leave)

    =$1085 (rounded up because you should!)

    $1085/4 (want to work 4 days because I am like that!)

    =$275 per day

    I find that I can manage 14 bedrooms (plus the rest of the houses of course) in a day so my minimum is $19.00 per bedroom
    3 bed = 57
    4 bed =79
    5 bed = 95

    In fact I add extra to 4 and 5 bedroom houses because they generally have a LOT more floor to ceiling ranch sliders etc.

    GST not included! I do inside and outside. No idea if my pricing is good or bad but it works for me. The above ignores costs. I have a vehicle charge which I roll into the price. Worked out my vehicle cost over a period, divided by number of jobs and add the result to each quote. I add $3 to each price to cover clothes tools blades cleaner phone etc.

    The above is for ONE story. Add extra for using ladder!

    Be very interested in your thoughts.
     
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  6. Tony Hall

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    Hi Gavin, welcome to the forums. We've got a great bunch on here with tons of advice and tips, welcome again mate:thumbsup:
     
  7. boarcity

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    in the UK we really do have to work our butts off in this job ,to make a decent living. oh theres folk who post that they wont accept any less than £££ but theyre lying /and or have a large family inheritance that is fuelling the fire

    be intresting to hear how it is in NZ ,is there a risk of snakebites ?what about spiders? i remember reading that early settlers died of weird diseases

    keep on a posting
     
  8. Duncs

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    yeh over here we are working hard for what we get,it seems
    if i was getting £10 for every house I would be happy happy laddy
     
  9. K@OSNZ

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    Snake bites? Spiders? Not round here mate, that's our cousins across the ditch in Australia!
    Our women are more deadly than any spiders in this country! And the only snakes are used for clearing blocked drains! hehe (there is always the occasional shark to look out for at the poker table tho!)

    I think I will start a thread with updates of my progress, I am doing gutter clearing & house washing as well.
    I have been operating for a couple of months but have been painting my brother in laws house so it has been secondary to the painting.
     
  10. K@OSNZ

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    I need to find out what the others are charging round here. The local population on the Island is 9000 which swells to around 35,000 over summer. Lots of holiday homes, accommodation places, expensive vineyard restaurants etc. There is one company which has been here for years and are well equipped for the large multi-story apartments etc with boom lifts, 3 trucks and plenty of staff. and then a couple of 1 man operations that don't advertise bar a small listing in the local classifieds each week and drive unmarked unsigned vehicles. Its an interesting time here, where the old school word of mouth laborers who haven't changed their prices in 20 years are now being overlooked by the new bigger money moving to the Island who tend to go for the branded, well advertised companies.

    My plan is to come in branded up to the hilt and tap away at the residential, retail & light commercial and gradually work my way up to bidding the larger commercial against the big guys.
     
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