How much do you charge for solar panels?

Discussion in 'Solar Panel Cleaning' started by Jake, Apr 24, 2015.

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  1. Jake

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    #1 Jake, Apr 24, 2015
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    I'm charging £50 for these as its a little bit out my way, I told the customer that perhaps they will get it cheaper if they found someone more local,

    (to be fair I'm only 10 miles away, but that's far for my round lol)

    Anyway they were happy with the quote, to my surprise, so I'm going to do them on Saturday, I'll need to take my time as they take minutes to clean, it's embarrassing charging that much for a small easy job!? But I didn't think they'd except the quote! There not a customer of mine, but rung me purely to have this done, so maybe there desperate,

    What would you guys charge for these to be cleaned? Normally I'd probably charge 30-40.. Perhaps £50 is fair enough? Just seems a lot of money for an easy job? I shouldn't complain, but I don't lole to rip people off! Maybe I'm being to kind, if there balky with the quote then I shouldn't feel bad...?!

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    Why would you feel bad?

    It costs you money in fuel & travel time to quote the job if you visited the site then again to do the job, costs you money in using purified water, your time in setting up, to do the job, pack away, then travel back home. Plus the extra risks involved so extra ppe should be used.

    Add that all up and 50 squid sounds rather cheap to me and probably the customer thinks so too as his/her solar panels will work more efficiently afterwards.

    Myself I would have charged at least 5 squid a panel = 80 plus travel costs as they are not windows but an electrical system that the customer benefits from to keep them clean.

    But that is just my thoughts you understand. :rolleyes:
     
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    I also take it that you are covered by insurance for solar panel cleaning not just basic public liability but for property being work on if things should ever got tits up?
     
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    Thing is smirf it takes me about 10 minutes to clean them! A bit ambarresing to me!

    I don't drive out to quote, I get customers to send me pictures (hence the pic I put up) so I don't have to pay diesel to quote,

    But fair enough, £80? That's a lot! They take such little time, plus these ones are easy access low down, piece of cake!!
     
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    £50 minimum charge depending on ease of access etc. I try and quote £5 per panel if there are 10 or less of them & £4 per panel for roofs with 16+ panels on them.

    Although I'm currently enjoying asking potential customers what they think is a fair price (windows & panels) and in most cases they might suggest £15 for a monthly window clean when I might've had it priced at a £10 per month job :whistle:
     
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    So it's going to take you a total of 10min to get out there do the job and drive back?

    Myself I would have no problem wining work at 5 squid per panel even on a so say easy job like that.

    It also baffles me why most window cleaners tend to charge so little to do these sorts of jobs when they don't have to as is a totally different ball game than just cleaning windows.
     
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    #7 Smurf, Apr 24, 2015
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    If you charged say 80 per clean I would only cost them approx 43p a day to have those panels cleaned twice a year. Which seems peanuts to me quite frankly for how much free energy and money they get back from the system in the year. Not only that you have invested in the right kit to do the job safely where as others inclunding the customer has not. Even if they wanted to do it themselves most don't have the time nor the expensive kit to do it properly or safely.
     
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    It's so easy to win work on price alone as a lot of cleaners seem to be in this mindset. However some like to break the mould and work smarter not harder that can also justify there pricing for every job they do without the need to rip ppl off. At the end of the day it's all about how you want to operate your business but being cheap is not my way as I prefer to work smarter than harder as they say.
     
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    I'm sure Solar Steve would agree as I'm sure he don't do it for the love of it :D
     
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    I don't win work smurf, people ring me for our services, we never go out and get it...

    I would never pay someone 50 quid to clean solar panels that small and easy... But that's just me,

    It really is a simple job, I've got the system anyway - for windows, so these sort of jobs are just a bonus really, the system wasn't bought for solar panels, it was bought for window cleaning, so I can't really say 'oh I've spent £££ on this system to justify it' - because solar panels wernt any thing to do with why I went wfp...

    Yes the drive will be a few mins, but in my opinion, people who pay £50 for ten minutes work cleaning some solar panels is almost barking mad....

    Oh well, can't complain, it's not my choice!
     
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