Work drying up over winter?

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  1. adamangler

    adamangler Wakefield Window Warrior
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    This is my first winter coming up. (Well it's my 2nd but last year I was part time so didn't really notice)

    Last couple of weeks have been noticeably colder on a morning. It's been windy and rainy, this week's forecast is shite...

    Anyhow looking at my goggle calendar where I enter all my extra jobs booked in. (Valets,gutters and conny mainly) it's been pretty much blank this last month. Which is the first time since around Feb-March I've not been busy everyday, I'm ticking over but not really making much profit lately It's obvious I either need more windows or more add ons...

    Anyways just wondered what the general trend is amongst everyone for add on work thru the winter? Do you notice a large drop off? I'm just wondering whether it's a marketting thing so I can look at maybe adwords or leafletting or is it just to be expected?

    Cheers
     
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  2. Cghwindowcleaning

    Cghwindowcleaning Well-Known Member
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    I don't do add on so my advise is to build a quality window cleaning round.
    The last couple of winters have been noticeably more milder.
    Once you have a good round you will continue to service it all year in pretty much all weather.

    Picking up new work is getting harder I am lucky I don't need any more work but where I live every man seems to want to get in to window cleaning I would say at least 10 -15 new starters in the last year or so alone all competing for the same jobs.
     
  3. laddergarder

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    I do gutter and pvc cleaning, however as CGH has said, my main focus is on window cleaning, my primary business. I dont rely on add ons. If I was light on work, I would be flyering for my window cleaning service. The monthly contract for one window cleaning job is far more valuable, so that is where my time goes.

    Do you clean windows trad, wfp or both?

    CGH - I find the same thing here. When I started in 2007, I was picking up customers constantly. Not sure if its me or the market, but its just not quite the same.
     
  4. Green Pro Clean Ltd

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    It's all about the windows Adam.

    I like my add ons' and do many but they get fitted around the bread and butter of the windows. Come late Nov till early March I find the add ons' die off completely due to xmas expenses but I get by on the window money.

    Plenty of new customers in the rush up to xmas, many are messers just after a one off so be sure to put that first clean premium on at that time of year.
     
  5. meridion

    meridion Well-Known Member
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    Exploit the one offs! If you see dirty houses near your round, ask them, if they say no could say, well we could do a one off considering its gonna be Xmas soon and you'll want the house looking it's best when family comes round... It's only a one off £30 etc. We'll give it a really deep clean, will last you a while etc etc.
     
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    Surprisingly I've been getting quite a few new houses lately. Mostly through the website
     
  7. Cghwindowcleaning

    Cghwindowcleaning Well-Known Member
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    Once your busy with a full round even the one offs won't interest you much.
    I stopped taking on residential work over a year ago but still get a good few calls a week for this type of work and one thing I have noticed is the quality of work is poor they all want one offs,end of tenency or won't wait and want it doing that day for next to nothing.
    I had a call late last Thursday for residential and told them I don't do residential but would pass the number on and some one would call tomorrow on the Friday.
    By 10am she text and said not to bother some one had been out and done them.
    There must be window cleaners literally sitting by the phone waiting for it to ring.

    It takes a good couple of years to build a good round there is work but you have to go through a bit of rubish first to get the good stuff.
     
  8. Green Pro Clean Ltd

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    I just finished sorting all voicemails after a 3 week holiday, called a potential new customer, said 'I can pop by tonight and quote that for you' she said 'Oh if you can do them tonight that would be great'

    I thought, yeah right, good luck, dont even have water in my tank yet, gotta see if I can remember how to fill it :p

    I never do an 'on the spot clean' when quoting, only if I am on a job and a neighbor comes over wanting on the round.
     
  9. adamangler

    adamangler Wakefield Window Warrior
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    Ok cheers. I have been relying the extras this year, mainly because I've had a steady stream and not needed to think about the windows too much as I've been fairly busy. It's only now that Its slowed realise I've not enough work. I mean I have enough window to pay the bills but it's the one offs that's been making me the profits.

    Looks like the best thing to do will be use this quieter time to push on with the windows rather than flogging a dead horse trying to pick up add on jobs that just aren't there.

    Looks like leafletting in the rain it is lol
     
  10. abs

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    I find I get more gutter cleaning jobs this time of year my Conny roofs have died right off, I've my regulars to keep me ticking over but after 3 years I still need more regular customers
     
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