This Winter!

Discussion in 'Water Fed Pole Cleaning' started by Poles Apart, Feb 8, 2016.

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  1. Poles Apart

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    Getting bored of the same weather every week no work again today.
     
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  2. clear view of silverton

    clear view of silverton Active Member
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    Ive managed 1 £10 job then thought stuff this i value my life to much
     
  3. Poles Apart

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    It's just rain and wind all the time I won't work in it, don't like getting wet and don't like wet equipment.
     
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    My main reason for not working it is the customers famous quote 'your not cleaning windows the day are you?'
     
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  5. Poles Apart

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    I get a lot of 'you're not cleaning windows in this?' Can soon catch up there's 7 days in a week. Some windys are critical of my 'no work in rain' policy but they're are normally the 'I'm not working weekends' brigade, I'd rather do my shopping when everyone else is at work.
     
  6. adamangler

    adamangler Wakefield Window Warrior
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    I try to work in rain as I can't work Saturdays due to family commitments and Sunday, well how do people feel about you cleaning their windows on a Sunday? Doesn't seem right to me. I know Sundays any what they used to be but they still are a day off for most people to spend with theor family's or hobbies do they really want a window cleaner turning up?.

    That said this winter is beyond rediculous can't get anything done. Really need to canvass but can't get round what I've got atm. Roll on summer eh if we get one
     
  7. Poles Apart

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    The days of 'family' Sundays are long gone sadly, the Government are shortly to allow all day opening of shops. I don't normally work Sundays but I have done in fact I've got some customers who would welcome it! If I do work them I always seek the customers permission first, I've never been turned away.
     
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    So what happens when then it rains at the weekend?..i did a first clean in the rain earlier and it is perfect
    You need to tell customers you work in the rain but if there are any problems with their windows once cleaned to call you and you'll pop back and sort it
    End of the day they want clean windows..you clean windows..not a problem
    You don't dictate to any other tradesmen what conditions they can do their job in
    You could clean them in the dry and then it rains later on
    Same thing

    This winter has been lovely
    A couple of days where the pure could have frozen and that's it
    So what if we have a little wind and rain..could be like a proper winter with sleet and snow etc and never getting out to work

    You need to make the most of it while it's mild
     
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    #9 daveyboy, Feb 8, 2016
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    It all depends if you want to pay your bills or not
    If you have too much time off with bad weather how will you catch up the money you have lost?
    1 day off a week due to weather can add up to £10,400 a year based on a 52 week year
    Take off 4x200 quid for 4 weeks off for holiday makes that £9,600 a year short
    6 months good weather with spring and summer £4,800 loss in a year with 1 day off a week in the winter and autumn etc
    I'm not prepared to lose that much
     
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    adamangler Wakefield Window Warrior
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    Disagree daveyboy1 i think its been horrible, i would much rather work in the cold than wind and rain any day. I think not only does the wind and rain have potential problems with cleaning, most custies dont like it and its uncomfortable and depressing to work in. Everything gets wet through including your socks and shite all over hoses and van.

    Now i will work in it until it gets bad and try to educate the customers but its been far from lovely, like i said ill take a cold crisp sunny winters day anyday.

    Snow and sleet is a different matter but its a rarity anyway.
     
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