Please help! New career, new start....

Discussion in 'Chit Chat & Introductions' started by Smiffy, Jun 21, 2015.

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  1. Smiffy

    Smiffy Newcomer
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    Hi, I'm new to this forum and to the window cleaning game.

    I'm just about to ditch my current job and start up as a window cleaner. The trouble is I'm a complete beginner - not even got a bucket

    Ive spent a few days reading through the forums and found some excellent information, but feel like I'm going around in circles. So far I've made the following decisions/observations:

    1. I need a van
    2. I'm in a hard water area so need an RO system?
    3. A van mounted system is best, but a trolley/backpack is also of value on some jobs

    I'd be so grateful for any tips or advice anyone could offer. Size of van, best system etc. would be helpful. I'm thinking of a Merc VIto or similar so I can also use as family car?

    What would you buy to get up and running with a £5k, £10k or £15k budget?

    I'm in the South West.

    Any help or advice would be very welcome - thanks in advance.

    Smiffy
     
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  2. daveyboy

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    I would buy a decent set of ladders and trad gear for a couple of hundred
    Build up a customer base and make sure it is the right decision for you
    Then if you want to go wfp and you are doing ok buy what you need to go wfp and keep the trad gear for insides and breakdowns etc
    At least a couple hundred quid is a cheap layout to be working
    And even wfp guys need ladders for awkward access windows and fsg jobs etc so it is an investment anyway
     
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  3. SPCleaning

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    Hi Smiffy and welcome.

    Where to in the South West are you?
     
  4. cheapncheerful

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    This may be in the wrong section too......

    only one piece of advice...dont jump straight in at the deep end until you can swim...

    take your time and build up slowly see if its for you...and remember...

    no holidays no sick pay and no fecker gives a toss if your fecked your fecked...

    but dont let me put you off:rofl:

    anyway welcome to the forum and keep us informed of your progress...

    Id be tempted to look on ebay if you have the money..

    GOOD LUCK
     
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  5. SPCleaning

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    It was in the wrong section,......but all is well with the world now :thumbsup:
     
  6. Smiffy

    Smiffy Newcomer
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    Wow, swift responses, thanks! I'm in Bath/Bristol - hope I'm not treading on your toes?! If I am, you need a skivvy?
    Thanks, great advice I'm sure - I'll get some ladders.
     
  7. Smiffy

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    Thanks I'll certainly keep you posted, and I'll have a look on ebay...
     
  8. MrBump

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    Bristal and Bath eh. I'd go wfp as if I remember correctly there are alot of tall, terraced houses there, in bath especially. Although access to the rears might be an issue, personally I wouldn't take a hose through someones home. I can also imagine road side parking may be an issue. Anyone from london will be able to help out on that one surely! ;)
     
  9. SPCleaning

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    Smiffy No I was not worried about you stepping on my toes. More so in the fact that I too am in the South West (Devon) and have very soft water. Was going to suggest you check the quality of the water before buying anything.

    (Other than the trad kit that I strongly advice you start with.)

    Good luck Mate
     
  10. daveyboy

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    Us from london tend to park (abandon) the van where we can and be lively before we can get caught by the jobsworth wardens lol
     
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