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Chris33

So not wrote for a bit, been pretty busy.

 

Got some commercial work now, had four or five shop fronts in my home town which are good for a quick hour on saturday. Now got a small care home at 40, and a driving range at 60, and a gym which was actually my first ever cleaning job at 15 quid (defo was winging it there!) . These are all 4 weekly, gym is 2 weekly..

 

And also a small office at 25, which is monthly I think.

 

Bellaway homes called me re a new build site clean, so hopefully make that 76 house area my patch..as it develops. Think I'm doing an initial clean of all houses then a second one as people move in! Shouldn't be too time consuming as it's pretty staged.

 

Got to that 1500 target, and then some. Probs about 1600 plus in work I can do with 15 footers or basis pole length, and 1800 plus with work I'm due to do with 24 foot ladders (ordered).

 

Had 30 foot ladders but they were 30kg, 3 parters and 14 rungs each. Pretty hard to use alone.

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adamangler

sounds like youre flying chris, more work than i have and ive been going 18 month, mind you im a bit picky and probably have more ex custies than current ones lol

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Chris33

Peter do you use them alone? Braver than me lol.

 

I actually had my 30 foot ones come crashing on my head while taking them down, Haha. Amateur errors!

 

Cheers Adam,trying to chap a lot more focused now. Kinda creating little pockets of work in a few towns to save time.

 

I've a few customers who like inside and outside cleans, one in particular who goes off surveying every window after I'm done!

 

Today I'm doing cash collections and gona chap two villages where there's only one house in one, and two in another.

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Chris33

Got four or five from a little village tonight, read cliquey village! 'we have all got a window cleaner here' shouts Nora batty from the window.

 

Again I'm told,the majority will have the same window cleaner bla bla bla..it's the minority I'm interested in!! Possibly one or two bad eggs from these new ones but few genuine ones. This ties well with perhaps ten already in area, didn't have time to go to original village mentioned in last post that's got less work, so on a cash collection elsewhere I just chapped away.

 

Also now doing my old social care boss' house,so no hard feelings there clearly!

 

Picked up a 2 Facebook ones this last 24 hours, but that's drying up. Seemed good for a while but less responses after u exhaust these buy and sell sites after e while. Plus,it'll only stretch the work too wide I'm thinking.

 

So..posting fliers in more local shops today and carding in areas I'm working in.

 

Also ordered more scrims cos only had about 5, ettore pro grip is my newest tool and love the weight of it.

 

Still scared of the waterfed pole set up, but guess I'll adjust with time!

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adamangler

How are you finding the customers you are picking up chris? are you getting many messers/non payers/retards?

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Chris33

I've one guy who I'm still chasing after two cycles now, but it's been more just missing him in.

 

Couple of payer's who are wanting set days/times cash pick up which is a pain in the ar/se.

 

Had one complaint I forgot to wipe sills down and one complaint about a kitchen window I'd not hit with the magic sponge enough. That'd pretty much it, but I've still about 25 percent plus of my rounds first cleans to do mate

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peter rogers

Yes I use them on me jak on occasions

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adamangler

all part of the process mate, i tend to dump and sort em out as i go along rather than let bad custies pile up. strictly no cash collections.

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Chris33

So go cardless or accepting PayPal payments? I'm getting sick of collecting already. Especially when rounds in various towns!

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Chris33

I got all my last 4 weekly cycle collected bar maybe 5, and I'll catch them within the week. Bit of a pain though.

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Chris33

Cheers pal,well today has been a case of win some and lose some!

 

Previously mentioned windy with broken arm is back! Ive lost at least 5 I'd say, I'll need chap his wooden house area (where they wanted me to do cleans in his absence) and see if they are sticking with him.. One pmd me last night to state they were going back to him, will need suss rest out.

 

But yesterday while doing a facia clean in different part of town I was approached by some of his customers.. Guys been gone for 5 months and ain't maintained round at all see, few unhappy faces here.

 

So anyway last night i found out he's back. Today I chapped all six of these new houses and told them I can clean now or they wait for him,as he's back doing the round as far as I know. Everyone of them stuck with me, and I got another in that Street today too. Nice and compact!

 

I've actually contacted this guy via fb previously to see if he was coming back, felt it was the right thing to do. He wasn't very forthcoming.

 

Now away to chap the other two small streets that link to this one, as it's just started bucketing down in central Scotland!

 

Loads of first cleans at moment, tiring!

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Chris33

Three more new custys in the next Street, just about managed to peel my fliers apart when handing them out there.

 

Piss/ing down!

 

One is an x customer of broken arm dude, who is impatient at waiting for his imminent return. Two fresh ones,ground floor flats. Nice!

 

Still piss/ing down!!..

 

Thanks Den I'm pretty tired now, I'll need to take a full day off soon. For the last 3 weeks I've been at it everyday or canvassing for hours, need a non window cleaning day.

 

The first cleans are so time consuming, very dirty facia and windows are delaying me lots. Noticing on second clean I'm twice as fast though, and then a bit faster again on third cleans..need to keep reminding myself of this actually. Stay positive!

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CMRwindowcleaning

Loving the blog well done mate if we all worked like this for a year we would be millionaires lol

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Christian Eley

Take my hat of to you, I'm in the process of building my round to, but no where near as fast as you. Fair play man!

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Chris33

So added up profile weeks 1 to 4, and this totals at 2105 pounds so far. Think I'll lose a few as was stated above, but times getting spend focusing on compacting all areas of work now anyway.

 

No more random houses that link between current towns etc, only interested in ones that are in current streets.

 

Taking today off and half of tomorrow too, pretty shattered! This weeks work is going to be well behind, but next week is lighter so should be ok.

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Chris33

Made a wee list up there,if you go to rightmoves website you can do a localised sold property search based on specific towns or street. This is handy as it has address, and more importantly the date of sale.

 

I've now got about 60 houses listed down on paper that were sold within the last two months in areas I work, and will chap them all when got time.

 

Reckon would get a few new customers from this.

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TolishAPurd
Made a wee list up there,if you go to rightmoves website you can do a localised sold property search based on specific towns or street. This is handy as it has address, and more importantly the date of sale.

 

I've now got about 60 houses listed down on paper that were sold within the last two months in areas I work, and will chap them all when got time.

 

Reckon would get a few new customers from this.

That's a great idea mate. I've been on here for years hearing all sorts of suggestions for targeted advertising but that's the best I have heard yet.

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Chris33

Reckon there's likely fifty percent without a window cleaner from this idea, some will and some won't.

 

But for those moving into new areas or where previous windys round was full, they are potentials!

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adamangler

Damn. Cats out of the bag.

 

I had this idea a month or so ago and made a thread but never got round to trying it out but it should work.

 

Wanted to keep it quiet as any windy that figures it out in your area can get to them first.

 

I'll have to act quick now lol

 

Go onto right move and see list of properties sold in you are a on the last 6 months

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Chris33

Right after tea I'm going to chap some of those recently sold houses I'd made the list of chaps.

 

Today I lost a customer, yesterday I lost a customer! Three in total gone over a two month period. One couldn't afford, one moving away and one back using her old windy (who she had prior to moving house)

 

This makes me a bit para I'm doing a cak job tbh,but I'm taking my time on houses and the fb reviews are all positive, so hopefully all is well.

 

So today while doing my home town I'm chapping doors as I go, as said previously the focus is on compacting this round now.

 

So where I had two streets with one house in each,I've now got three in each of those streets after today.

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Ads81

Just out of curiosity do you find Sunday's better than Saturday's? I've found Sunday's to be a bit invasive as some people have there dinner at 12 some later, no ones up early, then you run the risk of ringing the doorbell at 6:30 pm to a pissed of parent who has just put the kids to bed, Saturday feels better all round imo

 

 

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adamangler

be interesting to see the results of the targetted chapping. might even get me of my arse to do some knocking if results are good, i expect they will be.

 

Dont worry about losing custies when building up, i have more ex customers than current ones for all sorts of reasons

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