Pricing help1?!?!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Business' started by Scottie, Nov 18, 2014.

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  1. Scottie

    Scottie Well-Known Member
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    Hi Guys,

    I have a price list I made and have stuck to, but wonder if it is correct at times, I hear people charge this people charge that and I think emmm, have I got it right.

    I had a custy ring for a 2 bedroom house 5 windows and a patio door. I told them £10 first clean and then £7 there after, I dont no if I am being to generous or not, just questioning my pricing now, so wanted to check here for any tips? I feel thats fair and not under or over priced. I suppose I should go with what I feel and I have but jst wanted to ask as it is tricky finding a price not to put them off but not to low as to make them look elsewhere. I do have a windy here whom does £6 for 4 bedroom houses with like 10 -12 windows. he is making it hard here as I have seen him on FB and pricing to people, how do you compete with that? The only thing is he is **** at window cleaning, I am no guru and learning, but I am better than him as I care about the job, he does not, I have seen his work on many places. How do you compete with someone cutting prices down so much? But also I need to focus on my pricing and any advice form you would be great.

    Thank you.

    p.s. I did quote one house it was a 4 deroom with big windows, dirty and i priced it little higher than i would as it was a job and half and they went else where, i thought to myself oh well, im not selling my soul, was I right? tbh my price was good still, i see people on here charge more, its tuff getting it right, no one will get it perfect but some expierenced advice is needed thanks guys and girls.

    Scottie
     
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  2. Smurf

    Smurf Banned
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    Just charge/quote what you want out of the job and take no notice of what other ppl charge. There is no right or wrong price but if you go down the route of selling on price alone to win work then you will struggle to make a living at this game.
     
  3. Tuffers

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    Difficult really, as you need the work to get you up and running. On the other hand, how long will it take you to earn £7 on this house and also, have you considered your overheads while getting to and from the job etc. Saying that, if you had 2 or 3 of the neighbours too, then it would make it a nice little earner.

    I think if you go in high, you'll struggle to pick up much work. When you've got a decent amount of work and people trust that you do a good job, then consider putting your prices up.
     
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    #5 Eclipse, Nov 18, 2014
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    I price accordingly for every job whether it's next door to an existing customers and the same house or not. I have a minimum price of £10 to weed out the poor work and small jobs that are a waste of time.
    The windies that are charging piss poor prices don't last long.
     
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  6. Scottie

    Scottie Well-Known Member
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    Yeah, I will price how I feel, I dont think I can justify more than £7 for 5 windows on a small 2 bed house. Thanks guys so far for the info. I just do not like £6 for a 4 bed house that decent size, can not compete on it on FB, JUST SILLY SILLY PRICES! Oh well, I am not going low.
     
  7. cheapncheerful

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    sounds okay that price scottie...but it does vary so much and a lot depends on where you live in the country...

    i have started charging half again for a first clean .....and have now decided....its not enough ...i should have listened to uncle tolish now on its double for a first clean...did one this week took me ages....

    i am also now trying to get around what i have more often as its bloomin hard work at the moment .....and more often will help me...

    its always harder at the beginning as you need the work....but you do have to be careful...if you do it too cheap ...people are only to eager to let you continue that way....

    only interested in work in my own little patch now....three miles there and three miles back....dont like to travel too much!

    good luck scottie...its not so nice at the mo with that super powerful sun so low and showing every spot of dust...:eek:
     
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    Chap who does in our village £8 for four beds"......and I quote him......I've got work coming out my ears!!!yYes and you can keep em all"....cos you'll have no fuc51ng body left running around here like some ****".......busy fool
     
  9. Diwrnach

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    £8 is the lowest I go and that is for a flat or small bungalow, houses are £10 for a small house but more usually £12.

    Let the idiot do them for next to nothing, then when you turn up at a job and they say they used to use him and he only charged £7 but stopped coming you can say that's why he stopped coming.
     
  10. Smurf

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    Many long established window cleaners seem quite happy to keep prices low to be kept busy as there a plenty about that do just that and haven't put their prices up for donkey years too.:rolleyes:
     
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