Why I always charge double for the first clean...

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  1. TolishAPurd

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    Phone call this evening....

    Liar- "Hi, I'm looking to have my windows cleaned, can I have a quote please?"

    Me- "Hi, sure. Can you tell me a little about your house please. how many bedrooms, windows, doors etc?"

    Liar- "3 bedroom ....blah ...blah... blah"

    Me- "Ok. Have you had them cleaned before, and are you after a regular clean?"

    Liar- "Well we just moved in so no.... (I can hear husband in the background telling her to say 'yes')
    .....Um,um, ..but we had a window cleaner before! (this was in here last house so it was irrelevent)".
    ...and we might (yeah right) want a regular clean.

    Me- "Ok, let me just tally up a quote from the info you just gave me. The quotes I give on the phone are usually accurate, but if when I get there I see its going to be a little more, or even less, I'll let you know before I start work. Does that sound fair?"

    Liar- "Yes, fine".

    Me- "Ok, it'll be £32 for your first clean, and just £16 for every clean after that".

    Liar- "Oh, but the other window cleaner (WFP) we spoke to said it would be £20".


    BUSTED


    Well surely that means my quote is cheaper then???? ...unless, she was just after the one clean. By the way, this cleaner was due to turn up for the first (and only) clean today but didnt, even though the weather was beautiful. LOL, I guess you can't get cheaper then someone not turning up!

    Shes probably calling some other poor sap right now, only this time shes got her story straight.

    Young, keen window cleaners just starting out....Please, please, please, charge double on the first clean.
    -Honest people that would not even dream of stealing from a shop, would not think twice about shorting a tradesman just so they can save a few pounds.


    Anyone that plans on being a regular customer will not mind paying more for the first clean, since they have saved loads by not having them cleaned for so long. ...think about it. :D
     
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  2. Tuffers

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    Had one exactly the same ring me tonight. 'We are renting and need windows cleaned.' Me, do you want a regular clean? 'Well, we'll have them cleaned and see how it goes.' Me, see ya. I didn't actually say that, but I won't be bothering going to quote it.
     
  3. TolishAPurd

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    Yep, I think the first Wcleaner she called thought the same too. The problem is that they get wise to it and lie through thier teeth to some poor lad that will work his **** off to get those windows perfect, for a measley £12 or whatever that he is charging. I suppose everyones got to learn somehow, but its not a trick I'll fall for. Its very easy to spot these people now.
     
  4. windowsurfer

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    I had canvassed a small scheme where there is a collection of bungalows couple of weeks ago. One person said most people in the scheme use a karcher window cleaner themselves and they were thinking of getting one, they were not interested in my services, but friendly. Managed to get one person that showed interest. The man usually does windows himself, but asked for a quote. I am quite new so probably made an error in pricing. The windows were not that dirty, so quoted £10 hoping that it would take half an hour, was wanting to say £12, but the area is known for being a bit tight. The man puffed the cheeks and said £8, we both said that we will go for it and see how it goes. Went back today to do the clean and was speaking away to the wife who came out halfway through the job. I highlighted that the frames always get a clean. There was one window on the garage side door, which I thought I would clean when passing, funnily enough she had asked if I would clean that window( gave myself a pat on the back). I hinted that her husband had bartered me down from £10 to £8, and would prefer £10. Ch ching the nice lady gave me £10. I was happy, she was happy. Hopefully, they will talk to the neighbours and will drum up some business for me when I return and the karcher window cleaning machine can stay in its box and out of charge. Maybe I could buy one myself if I get some more customers there. Got another new customer today charged £15 for first clean (as filthy), then £10 after that, she was happy with that cost, did take me an hour all in, so £5 short of what I aim to make an hour. Its all a learning curve. Happy days.
     
  5. Tuffers

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    You keep at it mate :thumbsup:
     
  6. cheapncheerful

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    hmmm, first of all dont forget the different parts of the country we all work in as the prices do vary ...i was on a first clean today...but it wasnt that straight forward as it came from another of my customers and it was his ex wife....so he knew what i charged him in the first place so you have to be careful....

    no price was discussed before i started.....so we add in, can you just remove the ivy my husband couldnt reach....can you do the insides of the kitchen slide type doors, can you do the inside of the velux...can you just clean the greenhouse roof....

    anyway....i wanted all the other houses as she promised me all her neighbours...and they are in the middle of nowhere....so i got stuck in and said a tenner..she was happy ...i was happyish and i have all the neighbours to do next thursday..so the neighbour said how much do you charge...and i know people on here dont like the next bit.
    ..i said ...the same as the other guy....who left in november....and he said oh .£6 then.....

    well some people on here say thats not the way to go but if thats what they paid before and i believe them ....its a guide...i may up it a bit depends on what is involved...if i dont like all the jobs they will be sold off....eventually...but i may like them i dont know...they werent too dirty bearing in mind they had the great storm muck still on them.

    who cares really ...its all work ...and i be very busy...and i did get a cuppa...:)
     
  7. Tuffers

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    Famous last words, 'can you just....'
     
  8. cheapncheerful

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    yep i used to have a custy of a certain religion who phoned me up and said can you pick me up a pound of onions on your way here.....hmmmmm

    also dragged me back to move a table....and her poor husband....who couldnt wait to get away in the morning....handed me a couple of quid because he knew i would get nowt off her....

    not saying which religion but my dad couldnt get the money on a friday night as they were not allowed to use money or something like that....but of course he used to charge a hell of a lot more in the first place so it didnt matter.....mind you ...he just said ...i can take a cheque...
     
  9. Tuffers

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    I think the onions gives it away :rofl:
     
  10. TolishAPurd

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    "Can you just" LOL.

    To be answered with; "I'm afraid I havnt got time for that today as I'm already running behind, but I can come back and do it next week, <short pause> ...it shouldnt cost too much. :D

    Funny enough, the job is always done by the time you come back.
     
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