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ChrisBlack84

New member
Messages
18
Location
Dorset
Hello all

Been lurking on the forum for a couple weeks while building my brand. I've currently got 4 customers while working a full time job and a retained firefighter.

I have everything in place to kick off time to start canvassing/promoting my business to finally make the change to a full time windie where i can be my own boss.

 

cleaniac

Well-known member
Messages
495
Location
Surrey
Thanks for the welcome ?
I aim to please. ??

Seriously though, is the job market really that bad atm? You want a propper job, I only did this as a stop gap 20 years ago until I find something I want to do.

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Pjj

Premium Member
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10,940
Location
Cornwall
It's a good job to have being retained I have been in the fire service as a retained watch manager for over 30 years , you can drop and go being your own boss without having any grief from anyone . 

 

ChrisBlack84

New member
Messages
18
Location
Dorset
Today I completed a job with lots of sash windows. I was there over 2 hours. I totally got the quotation wrong as I charged a FT clean of £25 and £18 every 4 weeks.  I realised I got the price wrong and was honest with the customer. I told him i had under quoted but I would honor the price of £25 for the first clean and would charge £25 every month. He understood and being happy with how thorough i was be was happy to pay £25 every month.

A good lesson learnt today. Sash window take time.

Also got his neighbor on board.

 

dazmond

Well-known member
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2,013
Location
salford, manchester
Today I completed a job with lots of sash windows. I was there over 2 hours. I totally got the quotation wrong as I charged a FT clean of £25 and £18 every 4 weeks.  I realised I got the price wrong and was honest with the customer. I told him i had under quoted but I would honor the price of £25 for the first clean and would charge £25 every month. He understood and being happy with how thorough i was be was happy to pay £25 every month.

A good lesson learnt today. Sash window take time.

Also got his neighbor on board.
sash windows take no longer than any other windows once the first clean is done,even then 2 hours seems excessive for a first clean....how big was the property?i clean quite a few large victorian houses with sash windows and breeze through them on maintenance cleans....i have 2 that are next door to each other at £40 a pop every 6 weeks,they take 30 mins each so £80 for an hours work,that includes a few 3 storey windows that i have to get my high level pole out for.....

hopefully next time the job should take you no longer than 30 mins to clean....

 

ChrisBlack84

New member
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18
Location
Dorset
It's not that big a property. It's only the 4th property I've cleaned to far. 

I'm doing the neighbours house tomorrow which is similar. I will get them on them same run next month.

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dazmond

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Location
salford, manchester
It's not that big a property. It's only the 4th property I've cleaned to far. 

I'm doing the neighbours house tomorrow which is similar. I will get them on them same run next month.

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their not sash windows!their GEORGIAN WINDOWS mate!that property should take you no longer than 30 mins to clean on maintenance 4 weekly  visits even if theres a conservatory on the back......

 

Ian Docksey

Well-known member
Messages
470
Location
West Sussex
Today I completed a job with lots of sash windows. I was there over 2 hours. I totally got the quotation wrong as I charged a FT clean of £25 and £18 every 4 weeks.  I realised I got the price wrong and was honest with the customer. I told him i had under quoted but I would honor the price of £25 for the first clean and would charge £25 every month. He understood and being happy with how thorough i was be was happy to pay £25 every month.

A good lesson learnt today. Sash window take time.

Also got his neighbor on board.
Yep I realised the same, I do 2 flats 1 above the other, all sash windows, luckily I break into 4 sections ,do all the top of flat above ,then the bottom of above flat and so on if that makes sense. Gives the top Sash time to drip dry a bit before doing the lower part.

 

ChrisBlack84

New member
Messages
18
Location
Dorset
I've just been asked to quite on this property. It's currently more than I can take on. What's the best why to refuse the quote? Also what sort of quote would you guys offer? It's all 1 Job but they asked for separate quotes for both buildings.

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ChrisBlack84 said:
I've just been asked to quite on this property. It's currently more than I can take on. What's the best why to refuse the quote? Also what sort of quite would yiu guys offer? It's all 1 Jon but they asked for separate quotes for both buildings.

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JakdeDiamond

Member
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69
Location
Buckinghamshire
I've just been asked to quite on this property. It's currently more than I can take on. What's the best why to refuse the quote? Also what sort of quote would you guys offer? It's all 1 Job but they asked for separate quotes for both buildings.

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Hey Chris, without coming across rude what is the reason it is more than you can take on? Access, equipment etc? 

If you let us know we might be able to help advise you buddy because that looks like a good earner to me, plenty of panes if you can get a good price!

 

Part Timer

Premium Member
Messages
9,697
Location
Sunderland Tyne and Wear
I've just been asked to quite on this property. It's currently more than I can take on. What's the best why to refuse the quote? Also what sort of quote would you guys offer? It's all 1 Job but they asked for separate quotes for both buildings.

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Is it Richard or Sam you're dealing with? Be very careful what you put on the internet, especially potential customers asking for a quote. 

Just be honest and tell them you're a newbie but you'd very much appreciate the opportunity to quote when you're capable of doing so.

 
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