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cheapncheerful

i wish i had your energy smurf....i cleaned a great friends house today who is a full time general builder and he came back whilst i was there and shared a cuppa and then went on to point up about ten patio flags with leftover cement in his dinner hour and then back to work...he starts at 8.30 till late and is always on the go, guess i just be born lazy....roll on formula one weekend...

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K@OSNZ
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.

 

I agree Smurf,

We clean windows predominantly, then offer gutter cleaning, house wash, water blasting (light jobs) and gutter guard installation.

You might have a good window cleaner but will he wash your house and gutters?

You might have a house wash guy but what do your windows and gutters look like after?

I find its a great point of difference

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Smurf

Myself I prefer to have a very small select window cleaning round so I can spend more time on exterior property cleaning

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rshandyman

That is what I do but many custys are after cheap cleaners and at the end of the day you need to be competitive otherwise custys will not want to pay double to check whether you are good or just expensive

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Smurf

Really?.... I dont have that problem myself

 

That is what I do but many custys are after cheap cleaners and at the end of the day you need to be competitive otherwise custys will not want to pay double to check whether you are good or just expensive

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cheapncheerful

I wouldnt want too many of them exteriour cleans as I have never worked as hard these last few days...I am soooooo glad to just get back on the windas....

 

but ...the money was great.....but I will see that bloody cladding in my sleep tonight for sure...

 

okay..when I looked back at it all clean...I was kinda proud...:D

 

but hopefully not for a long time the next one...

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rshandyman
Really?.... I dont have that problem myself

myself I would not pay someone double the money just to check if he was right selling himself twice as good as the others

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SPCleaning

I more expensive than all the window cleaners in my area,.................it is true. I try to have less customers at a higher price and it works for me. I priced a small barn conversion yesterday. (It took 30 mins wfp) I quoted £40 and watched her face. She nodded slowly in contemplation before affirming that she would have it done every 8 weeks. Her last window cleaner (wfp) went once and never returned. This annoyed her very much as she mentioned it on the phone and again during my visit. He/she never returned calls or emails. He/she charged just £20.

When I finished the job her grown up son came out and paid me saying, 'I told mother you get what you pay for and the other lot were too cheap to be doing a proper job'

I know pricing various across the uk, but don't work for nothing.

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monkeyman

I started last year. I soon found out I was the most expensive in the area. But I didn't budge on pricing. I have a heavy streamline pole a trolley and work from my estate car. Today I ordered I nice light slx 25, a 350 litre tank and tomorrow I'm looking at vans. The only week I have not picked up a new custy was Christmas. I turned my phone off. There's no need to be cheap. Just do a good job and charge a fair price and bide your time.

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rshandyman

I am not cheap it is that you cannot charge double in the beginning

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adamangler

The way I look at is if I wanted to run around like an idiot 9-5 5 days a week just to get by I might as well get an employed job.

 

I got into this to earn more work less and build something to retire on. Im only starting out and im turning custies down who want cheap. Im not expensive I average 12 quid a house but as soon as my rounds full I will be increasing prices. If youre continually growing and charging more or working less then your not realising your full potential

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Andy cherry

Charge more for doing less.....that's what all the big boys do

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Smurf

Myself I'm not interested in getting big but don't like working that much either. Hence why I'm always pushing the bounders price wise on what I can get away with.

 

Charge more for doing less.....that's what all the big boys do

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rshandyman
The way I look at is if I wanted to run around like an idiot 9-5 5 days a week just to get by I might as well get an employed job.

 

I got into this to earn more work less and build something to retire on. Im only starting out and im turning custies down who want cheap. Im not expensive I average 12 quid a house but as soon as my rounds full I will be increasing prices. If youre continually growing and charging more or working less then your not realising your full potential

My plan is the same but if you hit customer with much higher price in the first quote they will not want you so you cannot build round.I turned few custys down as well,I know my lowest rate And I will not be competing on price alone but what I am saying is that if You ask funny money you will not build your round at all.

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Smurf

Unfortunately regarding window cleaning many people see it as a low cost service and don't want to pay much. That is down to joe public having been price conditioned by really cheap prices over the years and in some areas of the country is alot worse than others.

 

My plan is the same but if you hit customer with much higher price in the first quote they will not want you so you cannot build round.I turned few custys down as well,I know my lowest rate And I will not be competing on price alone but what I am saying is that if You ask funny money you will not build your round at all.

 

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rshandyman
Unfortunately regarding window cleaning many people see it as a low cost service and don't want to pay much. That is down to joe public having been price conditioned by really cheap prices over the years and in some areas of the country is alot worse than others.

 

 

 

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That is the problem.I could not win few because thay said 'our last window cleaner did it for 7' not suprising that he is no longer their window cleaner

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rshandyman

In my area competition is fierce so it is difficult to get custys.they already have someone

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Smurf

The trick is to find the ppl that are willing to pay a decent rate for a decent job and not go down the route of competing on price..

 

That is the problem.I could not win few because thay said 'our last window cleaner did it for 7' not suprising that he is no longer their window cleaner

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rshandyman
The trick is to find the ppl that are willing to pay a decent rate for a decent job and not go down the route of competing on price..

Most of custys understand that once I do something for them but first they need to call me and accept my price without knowing that I do not cut corners.

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Dave B

Are you on facebook?

I know smurfs opinion but i find it works for me due to a lot of good recommendations on there

And as soon as anyone on the local facebook groups asks does anyone know a good windie the link to my page gets posted straight away by about 8 people who have also left me very good reviews

By the time most windies reply i have already spoken to them in private and quoted them

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rshandyman
Are you on facebook?

I know smurfs opinion but i find it works for me due to a lot of good recommendations on there

And as soon as anyone on the local facebook groups asks does anyone know a good windie the link to my page gets posted straight away by about 8 people who have also left me very good reviews

By the time most windies reply i have already spoken to them in private and quoted them

Not yet.I am busy with the painting so I want to focus on that for now but I quess I could fit few windows here and there.

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adamangler
My plan is the same but if you hit customer with much higher price in the first quote they will not want you so you cannot build round.I turned few custys down as well,I know my lowest rate And I will not be competing on price alone but what I am saying is that if You ask funny money you will not build your round at all.

 

I take the hit on first cleans, i dont charge more for those. Im not saying a daft price, just a price that you WANT to earn in the long run, not a price that you think is all you can get. I canvassed two houses in the same street last week similar size, quoted a tenner, one said no way last cleaner did them at 6 quid ill do myself, other sad next door is paying 18 quid and bit my arm off!

 

Personally would rather build slower and get better prices, i suppose it depends how desperate you are for work, i have part time employment so whilst i want to get out of that asap is not a must for me to take work at any cost.

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