Lead Windows, Charge More?

Discussion in 'Traditional Window Cleaning' started by Sam, Apr 3, 2014.

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  1. Sam

    Sam Newcomer
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    Hello everyone.

    I have a question or more so a question more specific to my circumstances.

    I have to visit a potential customer for a quote. I already know how the house looks as I already do some in the same road. I am charging £8.50 for these properties but I am wondereing how much extra (in consideration for what I already charge) if any I should charge for lead windows.

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    Sam.
     
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  2. TolishAPurd

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    There are too many factors for me to give what I would charge. How do you clean them? I personally use a spray and 2 cloths (one to mop up the water, the other to polish) on each individual pane, whereas some people just run a shammy over the whole thing. And then there is WFP. As always, I would say, just work out how long they take you, and work it out of your hourly rate. And if in doubt- charge more.
     
  3. Sam

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    Yeh that was rather vague. I'll be cleaning them traditionally, I'll mop then quickly run over them with a squeegee. Then use a large microfibre to dry off and then a fineweave micro to polish them. I shouldn't think it would take that much longer. It'll be the first lead windows I have done so perhaps I'll time myself and if it does take abit longer then consider an extra charge, although that will make it hard to quote them before the job so maybe charge more to start then deduct any that I feel is to much. We will see. Any other opinions would be welcomed.
     
  4. Smurf

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    You may well underprice that job as it's your first one so like you say go in at a price you will be happy doing it for then if it takes alot more effort & time bump the price up or drop it.
     
  5. TolishAPurd

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    A little tip for the lead is to use old blades only on them. They have all sorts of sharp pieces of lead sticking out waiting to take a notch out of your rubber.
     
  6. norm

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    yeah those pesky leads can ruin ya blade:mad:
     
  7. RiceRocket

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    For trad method charge at least 40% more I would say for the extra drying/detailing time & extra material carrying/usage.
     
  8. sdrah

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    personally I don't charge more then normal windows - if you can easily reach them on ladder and you have a good microfiber cloth then you can clean it almost as fast as fwp
     
  9. cheapncheerful

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    did that the other day thought not gonna wreck my good blade so got an old un from my stock...only really blading them because of the storm damage..

    ..on the £8.50 id go for a tenner...and explain how the lead needs more care and wears out your cloths...i am not a fan of leads why cant they keep them inside the double glazed units....they do take more effort but thankful i havent got too many....:)
     
  10. laddergarder

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    Generally I don't charge more if I see an odd pane with lead, but I do have one that is totally covered, every window. I generally mop, squeegee, then buff it dry with scrims. With this customer, I just charged doubled what I would normally, as I really didn't have a clue how much longer it would take, and I was glad I did. It worked out correctly priced based on what we normally earn. The customer said she had about half a dozen window cleaner come and go, and was happy with the price. I have now been doing them for probably 4/5 years now.

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