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TolishAPurd

I noticed you are trying to increase the content of this site Gav. How about an article about pricing aimed towards customers? It could serve well to draw people to the site, increase the customers awareness of what we do, and also give noobs an idea of what they should be charging for the different services. Just an idea.

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Smurf

I for one don't mind helping anyone out if I can but I'm sure as hell don't want my customers reading some of the post on here :D

That's one very good reason why I don't give away my business details on here either as is an open forum for anyone to see.

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Gav

Ye sadly that is not such a great idea Tolish. Although customers could come and find this forum if they so wished or knew where to look we don't Want to invite them! Not simply because we don't want them to see what we post but also, it is hard to write something on pricing there are so many variables. Then imagine if customers read it they would questioning but why is mine more expensive than bobs house etc. Thanks for trying to help with ideas on content but that one I prob won't agree with ;)

 

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cheapncheerful

mind you it be pretty competitive out there...i had an ex rental clean recently and she ushered the immortal line ...oh if we had known about you before we could have used you....and then she said where she was moving too and could i go...it was millionaires row overlooking a golf course near crewe. all brand new,.and i explained it wouldn't be worth my petrol/time as i only want to work local and she said, oh dont worry we have had six different window cleaning leaflets through the door already.....

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Smurf

Myself I will still travel only if the money is right as am quite happy to earn a good days wage plus expenses on just one job.

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norm
Ah ****** to ya, you had your chance.:rolleyes:

 

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bad dog :laugh:

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TolishAPurd

The written word can sometimes get taken wrong, so I'm lucky you guys get my sense of humour.:hehehe:;)

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Smurf

I'm still gaining loads of work and don't door knock or advertise or have my van sign written either. I'm not cheap so I must be doing something right.

 

Yesterday for an example I did an exterior house deep clean for £260 (gutters & downspouts checked and cleared & exterior plastic cleaned) including a free window clean and today got another 2 referrals from that customer to quote on with similar size houses. Plus they also have confirmed now they want their blocked paved driveway cleaned too so that is booked aswell.

 

Not to mention other referrals coming through and new enquiries too. Spring has defo spring as they say.

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TolishAPurd
I'm still gaing loads of work and don't door knock or advertise or have me van sign written either and I'm not cheap so I must be doing something right for a change.

 

Yesterday for an example I did an exterior house deep clean for £260 (gutters & downspouts checked and cleared & exterior plastic cleaned) including a free window clean and today got another 2 referals from that customer to quote on with simular size houses. Plus they also have confired now they want there blocked paved driveway cleaned too so that is booked aswell.

 

Not to mention other referrals comming through and new enquiries too. Spring has defo spring as they say.:)

 

Sounds like a good job to get mate. Its amazing what a difference an exterior clean makes by getting rid of all the cobwebs and dirt. Sounds like you found a customer that appreciates the same.

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Smurf

I wised up a while ago to be different than just being the run of the mill window cleaner doing loads of houses a day just to earn a days wage as there is good money to be had in exterior property cleaning. As I have mentioned many times before most customers already have a regular window cleaner but don't offer the services and quality of work for whatever reason that I do.

 

What the lad said in the vid you have to find a way be different to set you appart from the rest to make a business grow whatever that may be.

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Smurf

Regarding window cleaning for instance I know one chap who used to be on here that got loads of stick from some for being pricy so say and different in marketing (getting his message across) Hot Wash Window Cleaning. It did not matter how many had hot water systems in his area but using his savvy created a strong brand company name to make him stand out from the crowd.

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TolishAPurd

I can't imagine why any tradesman would rib another tradesman for being pricey, it should be the other way round.

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Smurf

I've had my fair share of ribbing too on here but hey that's not my problem if ppl want to undersell their services just to win work.

There is no right or wrong price really as long as the customer and more importantly yourself are happy with the price. The problem is as I see it if not careful you could easily end up running around like a headless chicken with plenty of work but not making enough money to pay the bills.

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cheapncheerful

but you must pay a good price to have"top dog" clean your windows......yes i wish i was like my dad....then i would live in a nice house like he does......

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Smurf

Price I find is not really an issue when new customers know they will be getting a quality service/job.

As for example I did one quote to clear & clean the gutters and fascias (front only) on a 3 bed detached today for £80 plus also £30 labour to fit hedgehog gutter guard that the lady had bought herself and wanted me to fit. I then went to quote another gutter clear and clean on another house which I quoted £250. Both quotes were accepted and booked in the diary whilst I was there. It took me less than half an hour to get £360 worth of work booked in from just two quotes. When I got home I also booked in another small patio clean I’ve already seen for £100.

 

I love going out meeting ppl and giving quotes and all but to be honest I’m not so keen on doing the manual labour bit afterwards :D

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