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  1. 3 points
    New or return customers? If new customers, how did they hear about you? Referral? You'll likely have several different figures depending upon how they got your info. New customers who just found me online I'm about 40%, but that's only because I try and pre-qualify them before ever considering a site visit. I get a description from them over the phone or email, then I'll provide a brief explanation of the service I'm proposing as well as a price range. I let them know if the price range sounds reasonable to them, then we could meet to discuss & finalize the details. New customers who were referred to me from someone I've serviced in the past would be about 65%. Return customers about 90-95% When I first started my own biz in 1998, I thought I was killing it because I got most of the jobs I went and bid on. Come to find out it was only because I was offering my services way too cheap, (that's typically because many of us don't truly understand our total operating costs when starting a business). Although situations vary, I'd say that if you're closing % is much more than 50% from people who don't know you and just found your info online or in print, then you need to reevaluate your pricing.
  2. 2 points
    gman201

    Closing Bids percentage for 2017

    What percentage of bids is everyone closing on? We were right at 80% for this year but I feel like we left a lot of money on the table! I don't want to close on all of them just wondering if that's about normal for some of you that have been in the business for several years?
  3. 2 points
    Hello and welcome to The Grime Scene. #1 is a matter of demographics and preference. I will answer for the residential aspect as we found more problems in securing reliable cash flow from commercial due to many non-compliant companies always giving us 'their' schedule of when they cut checks etc. Got fed up with the hassle and concentrated specifically on residential. The only part the comes close to commercial is our relations with property managers which has been very successful and reliable. The details on how to charge vary on what you are washing and if you are going to offer any followup services for wood cleaning/restoration which involves some carpentry and sealant/stain applications. This part is highly weather dependent and I would not dive in until you have taken a certification course to help gain a basis of knowledge. I suggest PWNA for a start. The pricing has to do with YOUR business model and your pay structure. How long does it take you to wash 'X' and what does it cost you to wash: wages, insurance, fuel(s) including travel time and ass time for your crew, chemicals, payments for equipment and any rentals you may have to hire etc. You can price by sqft but you have some math to do. Figuring out what you need to stay afloat is a start combined with the previous paragraph will help guide you on your pricing. Rule of thumb: Raise your prices as the market will bear and only in relation to cost increases you have to pass on to your customers. Depending upon the job size we charge the customer a 1/3 to get started (upon booking) and balance upon completion. In cases where the job is very large and requires more than on trip, 2/3 upon completion of (specified phase of work completed ei; wash/stripping a deck) on the first trip. Balance upon completion of the rest. Some companies offer financing to those customers whose jobs exceed a certain dollar amount and allow payments over a period of time. That can work both ways positively and negatively on cash flow and making payroll if a number of customers are late on payments. #2. You already have a client base to start from and if you have some decent references from them the advantages save you the advertising. I would start by examining each customer you have and coming up with a sheet detailing the optional items you could wash: Patio, walkway, Siding, gutters, pool apron, wall(s), deck(s), fence etc. and how much sqft of each. Offer them the additional services at introductory rates while you are ramping up. At each customers location, pass out a flyer to each house next door and to all houses across the street as a rule. As you know, people talk to their neighbors and ask for feedback on the contractors they use. Great word of mouth. You just have to generate their attention. Landscapers/lawnmowers don't often get much attention but when a crew starts up a pressure washer, people become intrigued. Use that to draw attention to your services. #3. Consider a Sprinter van. They have up to 2 tons cargo capacity. I have a dual gun pressure washer installed at the back, a 200gal square supply tank just forward of it with a tool box on top (plywood table of sorts and a drawer/shelf system along side) and a 3 stack hose reel towards the front just behind the driver seat. Of course you will want a partition wall to protect the occupants in the event of an accident but the main point is all of what you need is on-board and enclosed from the weather and theft. #4. You will find many pressure washers and wood restoration companies won't get out of bed for less than $75.00/hr. Others are around 100-125. Depends on what your market will bear. Once you have done some research on other more established companies, you will find out what is competitive and what you can be profitable on. After 18 years in business, we are of the top highest priced contractors and with a good reputation and service can basically command your price. #5. Sounds reasonable to start if that is what you always book. In our experience, travel also plays a factor in how much you can get done. The jobs get more sporadic in locations as you may have guessed and this will factor into it. The size of the house(s), the type of surface you are washing, the landscape difficulties (plantings and such that get in the way, make access difficult to not possible), rinsing and diverting water to ground (gotta watch out for the water cops) [Clean water act] Plus you will have to check into local laws AHJ's (authorities having jurisdiction) as well. Another issue is water access and flow. Many homes don't always have water flow that can keep up with a pressure washer so that is another factor you will Have to consider in not only the equipment you purchase but if you may require a hydrant meter for tapping a water hydrant if the site doesn't have enough flow AND how to charge for that option as well. The size of the tank can be an issue if you have too many residents with low flow (<4gpm-Gal/per/minute). #6. Many of us 'Specialize' in a specific aspect and up-sell to other items as a rule. ie; we specialize in wood restoration and up-sell house washing and pressure washing services (detailed items according to what is present). We are aware of a number of people in your area that target specifically house washing, fence washing (species of wood specific too) etc. The rest are add-on services and it makes it easier for your crew to be able to sell them on the spot if you come up with a structured price list they can follow. I hope this helps provide some modicum of direction and sense of probability. Rod
  4. 2 points
    I recently helped out a business owner and built him a custom spreadsheet to keep his client schedule and history in a clean, organized spreadsheet. I would like to reach out to more people and help them as well. I charge a very small one time fee to create it and you can use it forever. Let me know what you need and consider it done!
  5. 2 points
    Think I did my last one yesterday! Now time for my body to recuperate until March.
  6. 2 points
    Done and getting ready for snow plowing. :(
  7. 2 points
    We been down a couple weeks ! Still scheduling a few for spring 2018
  8. 2 points
    I don't bother to quote stripping that stuff anymore. It is cheaper to re-skin the deck. Consider that the wood has already gotten to a point that this is a last resort for anyone to consider using this....Crap! After having it on for a long enough period, the wood starts to rot because it is holding in moisture where ever it fails and allows water to collect beneath it where it flakes off. I have tried to strip it off only to find a turbo nozzle works the best and even then it never got rid of the stuff that goes into the cracks. For all the cost associated with trying to remove it, it is far cheaper to just replace the wood and then apply a sealer. fwiw. Rod
  9. 1 point
    CA nestor

    pre treating concrete

    Hey all....question on what is common practice on surface cleaning .driveways/sidewalks. Instead of downwashing with use of a machine can i use a mixture of 12% pool shock and water via a hand pump sprayer? if so at what mixture 50/50? Also should if finished with an undiluted light final coat of the pool shock? I am just getting started and am using a MiTm 3500 pressure washers and 24" Hotsy Surface cleaner.
  10. 1 point
    I’m 55, been in this business for 25+ years. Climbing ladders hurts a little more than it used to but I’m still rolling along. Busy most days of the week.
  11. 1 point
    Rick2

    pre treating concrete

    I don’t pretreat if it’s just dirt or mold. oxalic acid can help remove rust stains around pool aprons. Putting pool shock (SH) will instantly kill any vegation it touches and will destroy the O-Rings in the pump sprayer unless they’re Viton seals. A light acid coat when the concrete has dried from the washing will brighten it, makes it look nice Let us know how it turns out.
  12. 1 point
    Beth n Rod

    Cleaning recommendations

    General practice after applying any product that is on the alkaline side is to apply a neutralizer. While percarbonates become inert after they exhaust themselves, the pH is still alkaline. Stains/sealers are designed to go onto wood that is in its neutral state which is acidic in nature. Wash, rinse, neutralize, rinse. Rod
  13. 1 point
    Beth n Rod

    Cleaning recommendations

    Since you are using Pt Pine, you can seal it within 2 weeks of installation according to the American Wood Preservers Association, the organization that sets the guidelines for pressure treatment in wood. If you are going to wait that long, your exterior environment will be a dictating factor on what you will need to do. Oxy clean is easy enough for just gray wood and some mildew growth. Neutralizing with an acid is recommended. I am not sure what stores you have in your neck of the woods but look for a product that has either Oxalic or Citric acid and is designated for use on decks. If you are looking for more specifics, try https://www.opwdecks.com/ If your deck environment has high moisture conditions from a pool, hot tub or pond/water feature or sits really close to the ground and has little to no air passage beneath (less than 2' results in pockets of dead air and high moisture retention) then you may have to look into an additional mildewcide to help stave off mold growth during the drying period which with A/C can be anywhere from 2-5 days depending upon how much sun and shade you have. More sun, less dry time. Rod
  14. 1 point
    Beth n Rod

    Deck turned black after staining

    If they didn't kill off any existing mold, the likelihood of mold returning is certain. The extent of which is only determinable by a couple of factors. 1. Wood too wet when stained. 2. Deck too low to the ground and high moisture from the evaporating soil beneath keeping mold alive also leading to return. 3. Over hanging plants/trees, excessive shade and or hot tub/pool/pond in proximity adding moisture/humidity for the mold to feed on. Strip the deck. Apply bleach and water at 50/50 (bleach/water) to the bare wood and let dwell. Reapply where dark or otherwise not the true color of wood is present. Rinse thoroughly and then neutralize. Any stain that is oil based at that point should have an additional mildewcide added to help stave off any growth onset during the cure time and a drier (Japan Drier) to help speed up the cure and minimize the ability for the environment to deposit and stick in the stain. Hope this helps. Rod
  15. 1 point
    PowerCleaningPlus

    Looking for more of these:

    Not sure if you ever found them but I get those from The Home Depot pressure wash section but I am also in California. - Andrew
  16. 1 point
    I mentioned this in a previous post, but I desperately need some help from someone experienced in this business. I started up last month. I've took on a bunch of work, 20+ houses, large HOA contracts, neighborhood pools, tennis courts, club houses, sidewalks, a few commercial jobs and so forth. However, I feel like I'm still not succeeding. I've been in the service industry for over 10 years providing a different service, which I had great luck with, however I'd like to really build this business and make great money at it. When I started, I had a lot of learning to do. Learning equipment, understanding productivity, pricing, how much work I can get done in a day starting out, and there was many more questions. Many of which I've answered for myself. With that said, there is some aspects of the business I still need help with, and that's why I'm here with a fresh post. Over the past month, I've targeted large residential neighborhoods with 100k to 200k homes. I'm not having as much luck as I expected. I feel like I could spot houses with mold all over the siding, and offer a half price house wash, and explain the benefits, and still couldn't get a homeowner to care enough to get it cleaned up. Despite me explaining the cost of replacing their siding down the road, health risks, or even just how much more amazing their property would look if it were cleaned up. With this said, I really started looking at my target audience. To be more specific, the homes I've been chasing after are $199. house wash homes, and 90% of them take me from 2 to 2.5 hours from load up to driving off. The problem is, I'm not finding enough people that care enough, for me to make a living. So I'm lucky enough to live in one of the biggest cities in the US. I live within 30 minutes of driving from 10+ very wealthy areas, most of which are 500,000 to 4 million dollar homes. These areas happen to be very, very restrictive with HOA, most of them are historic sites, where minimal new construction, and lots of old renovation projects are highly encouraged. With the above said, I cannot afford to keep chasing a lost leader, and throwing all my eggs in one basket. So after reading the above, does anyone think I'm chasing after the wrong crowd? I've calculated numbers over and over. If I were to switch markets, raise my prices $100. to $150. on house washes, and target the larger much more affluent neighborhoods in my city, I would have to wash literally (HALF) the amount of houses per year to make a good living. As of now, my current target audience, I need to pick up about 400 house washes to make a living. If I were to switch markets, that number would cut in half to about 200 houses per year. I expect it would take less marketing material and cost to pick up half the amount of washes, not only that, but I feel these high class areas would offer MUCH MORE add on services. As of right now, if I make a sell, it's a house wash or driveway only. I feel these affluent areas would want more wood restoration, pool patios washed, decks cleaned, and so on. I know there are many variables, but I need some answers from someone who's established. Am I marketing to the wrong crowd before I put too much money in and sink myself? Again, my current primary target audience is, middle class, 100-200k homes, $199. house washes. I have over a half a million of these home types around me within an hour of driving. Or I can focus my efforts on the affluent neighborhoods, $500,000+ homes, and have approximately a half a million of these homes to choose from. These homes and areas are mostly historic, with very high neighborhood ratings, lots of activity going on, lots of restaurants, things to do, high class and taste, and so on. I don't mean I would simply raise prices because of the home values, but the building structures and architecture in these historic areas would require a different level of service, and would require me to charge more. My ears are open and I'd love to hear from someone with years in the business.
  17. 1 point
    So, this was my first month in business. I don't mean my first month "official" either. I mean my first month period soft washing. I've been landscaping 10 years, and running my own business over the years dealing with apartments, commercial, and such. So everything isn't new, but it's a learning experience. I've got the grasp of it down, I'm very good at washing, good at the business side, but still trying to perfect the sales and marketing. Which is weird, because I had that mastered in landscaping. I'm putting out about 1,500 flyers out a week currently. (Well Written) professional flyers. I've landed about 23 residentials, 10+ driveways, a few commercials, a neighborhood basketball / tennis court, a swimming pool and club house, and a couple of pretty big parking lots, one of which was over 20,000 square feet. The only problem I'm having right now is building a consistent work load. My goal is to be able to wash 10-15 houses a week solo. I'm about to start a facebook page and build a website, and get some seo. I'm currently acquiring HOA Contracts, working in the neighborhood, getting seen, then hammering that neighborhood door to door with flyers and talking to people. As mentioned I'm about to get a fb, website, and start putting yard signs in the neighborhood I'm working in each week. What other interesting ways is there to attract new customers? https://ibb.co/dqhEy8 https://ibb.co/cR62ko https://ibb.co/ncqbd8 https://ibb.co/cFS8Qo https://ibb.co/ej76d8 https://ibb.co/gbbPy8
  18. 1 point
    Sounds good Rod I hope your team wins the Stanley Cup
  19. 1 point
    Knocking on 57 here and I guess you just have to listen to your bones. I'll be going for a while but I am learning to let the hired hands do the most arduous tasks and select those that are specialized and less of a deficit to my body for myself. Rod
  20. 1 point
    mike movila

    Closing Bids percentage for 2017

    Troy I believe all of us have done work way cheaper that we should however as you progress and make adjustments
  21. 1 point
    joelnece

    For Sale....

    Can I post equipment for sale in this forum?
  22. 1 point
    Hello, I’m new on here. I’m preparing to purchase a new pressure washer and was wondering if anyone has had experience with or knows someone that has had a Bulldog Pro pressure washer sold by Jerry with scirocco
  23. 1 point
    I've used various aromatic as well as alliphatic urethanes for deck coatings, but all are pigmented and require an extensive amount of preparation. If they value the look of their cedar, I'd advise them to stay away from such film-forming finishes though, and stick with a good penetrating oil. Future maintenance coats would be easy for you and affordable to your customer.
  24. 1 point
    Unfortunately, there is no stain on the market I am aware of that will sustain the effects of chlorine on it combined with full sun UV any longer. A quick cleaning/neutralization and reapplication is all I can suggest at this point. Hopefully, others may lend their experiences. Consider though, my experiences with products is skewed by comparison due to the VOC regulations in our region over what you have access to purchase in yours. Rod
  25. 1 point
    Making the rails all one color is fairly standard and lowest in maintenance costs. The trim edge of the deck is typically stained the same as the verticals so running a tape along the decking would help to keep the solid off them. Edging with the semi-transparent is simple enough as well. The end result is a very nice manicured look and is not hard to take care of albeit you will need to touch up these edge tops every time you do the floor. Rod
  26. 1 point
    Yeah, I’d definitely mask and prep. Wasn’t going to skip that just wondered if all the time you put into masking and plastic sheeting etc is worth it. But I imagine hand brushing all the ballasters lattice etc is going to be worse than all the time spent taping and protecting. Thank you for all the advice. I know I’m full of questions, I just try to know as much as possible for any project I take on.
  27. 1 point
    Just curious how many people are still actively cleaning. I am almost done for this season. Mike
  28. 1 point
    Any respirator with an OV cartridge. Personally I go full face and wouldn't use anything but. Get a north silicone full face...it's money well spent.
  29. 1 point
    JaxPressurePro

    cleaning & sealing flagstone

    Great answer
  30. 1 point
    In December we completely stopped power washing to make room in our schedule for Christmas light installation. Kept us busy thru Christmas!
  31. 1 point
    I have lots of questions and dearly need help and opinions from several of you guys in the industry, who might have a little time to spare and help someone out. I'll start by introducing myself and move on to some questions for you guys. Again, if your willing to help, your time is greatly and dearly appreciated! With that said, I'm not looking for negative feedback, but will accept honest criticism. I'm a long-time landscaper, a member of large commercial mowing forums, and I hear guys tell new guys on there, how hard it is to get started, and many criticize them rather than helping answer their questions. So I'm looking for honest help of answering my questions so I can gain some insight on the industry. A little about me: As mentioned above, I'm a long-time landscaper. I started mowing and doing residential and commercial lawn care many years back. I developed a passion for it, grew a good size business, and really enjoyed it over the years. I started off from the bottom, with a push-mower and a truck, working 7-day weeks, from dusk to dark. A few years later, I was maintaining 15+ apartment complexes and commercial contracts, and over 40 residentials. I have a good amount of knowledge in business and come from a business family. However, like any other service industry, landscaping has its set-backs. Mostly high over-head, high operation expenses, and a lot of hassles when it comes to equipment maintenance. When I got into commercial landscaping, it almost seems as if things are constantly breaking, this year we're replacing several engines on mowers, at several thousand dollars each. The lawn and landscaping industry has really payed me well, but I'm not sure it's worth all the hassle to keep running. My days are often long, then I come home, and often find myself spending hours and hours at night working on things, then paper work until Midnight, and back up to mowing the next morning. Now that you know a little about me, I've been looking into the Pressure Washing Industry. I've been running some numbers, the numbers don't look far off or bad in comparison to what I currently do. The expenses look a lot less on the Power Washing side. And not to say this industry doesn't have its down-falls, because every industry has those. But it honestly looks like a lot less stress and hassles. So that brings me to this forum to pick all of you seasoned guys knowledge, for those whom are willing to share their knowledge and experience, I'd appreciate your time. Power Washing Business and Questions: I know this will be a major transition and take many leg hours of research, reading, and learning to understand things better. Please ignore my basic newbie questions, but I'm starting from ground zero and honestly, some of my questions may sound really newbie or annoying, but like I said I'm starting with the basics, so here we go. 1. One problem I'm having is understanding operations and income. One thing I loved about landscaping was my money was consistent each month. I always knew I had x amount of money coming every month and who it was coming from. The only way I can see that happening in the "Pressure Washing Industry" is by targeting a large number of commercial contracts, whom are willing to pay for Pressure Washing several times a year. Possibly places that need a "Neat and Clean" appearance to attract customers. I'm thinking Hotels (Structure and Parking Lot), Gas Stations (Parking Lot and Structures), commercial office and buildings, and etc. So my question is, when finding commercial contracts, how are you guys coming across consistent income? Are you guys selling them x amount of washings per year? I could see offering service visits at intervals for example, every 30-days, 90-days, and 120-days on commercial places and offering a discount per sq. foot the more cleanings they agree to per year? Does this sound right, or am I way off? 2. Question two involves generating residential Income. With my old business, I frequently used EDDM or Every Door Direct Mail marketing to reach and gain residential clients. I would use an awesome flyer, with professional copywriting to gain the attention of prospects. I've been running some numbers, starting out solo, I would need to average 1-2 houses per day, or a minimum of 5 driveways a day, to make a living that would equal up to my previous pay. I have money in the bank to start-up and was considering sending out 2,500 Flyers Per Week through EDDM. I've always averaged a 1 to 3% response rate. But worse case scenario, sending out 2,500 a week, at only a 1% response rate, that should be enough to pull in 20-25 jobs per week. Does this sound like it would be a reasonable way to gain residential clients? Also, are residential clients usually willing to sign up for a cleaning say example (every 180 days) or (Twice a Year) or are they usually a one time job? 3. The next question involves equipment and set-up. What would you say the basic equipment that is needed to get started or at least test the waters? I live in a huge city (Houston) and everyday I dread pulling a large landscape trailer full of equipment in traffic. My idea on it is an efficient set-up, not having to pull a trailer. I do have a HD truck, and my idea was a flatbed, large tank, commercial cold washer (4,000 psi / 4 gpm) to start, possibly a hot washer, a telescoping wand, ball valve, hoses, a good commercial surface cleaner, chemicals, and ladders. Am I missing anything that would be a basic necessity? 4. My last question involves pricing. I've did a little bit of research on numbers. I know the average price per square foot in my area. My question is what are you guys striving for per hour on Residential and Commercial? My minimum has always been $50.00 an hour, however I often shoot for $75.00 an hour when I bid. I was thinking on the Pressure Washing side around $75.00 an hour? Does this sound reasonable? 5. Next, my last questions involve efficiency. I do have pressure washing experience, however in a different environment. I used to do pressure washing on military equipment. Cleaning the tents, equipment, and machinery. However, I've never got into residential and commercial. This question is pretty broad and basic, but I'd just like a reasonable guestimate as I know there are a lot of factors that can play in here. How many driveways per day (Using a 24" Surface Cleaner) could one person expect to do in a day after they are seasoned and experienced? Also, how many houses could a solo person expect to do in a day, using a (1-story - 2,000 square foot surface area) as an example. I was thinking (5-6 driveways) per person, or (2) Houses per day. 6. My last question involves selling and up-selling on (RESIDENTIAL). When you guys market, what is your bread and butter on calls that you receive? Do you sell mostly "House or Structure" Cleaning, and then up-sell driveways, windows, patios, fences, and so on? What would you say you get the most calls for (Houses and Structure, Driveways, or something else? Again, I'm sorry for all the basic questions, but this is a short list of the things that are confusing me, that I desperately need answers for, and insight on, to at least get me started drawing up a business plan. I really and truly appreciate any help and answers from anyone who is willing to help me get started!
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    Integritytaupo

    Washing a black painted house

    I have been facing issues with a house I'm washing. It's a brand new built house which is painted black. Ita covered in lots of dust and construction dust. I have tried soft washing it with a pure water system but once it dries there is still a lot of dust left over. I'm looking for the best way to wash house easily as soft washing is not been effective.
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    Concerning cash flow. We have built our customer base from word of mouth and reputation and as such have ourselves booked out months in advance with 1/3's either being held or deposited as the job gets closer in the que. We have jobs that pay the full amount upon completion ('One stop shops' we call them). And others that require 2 trips are on a 1/3 down plus balance upon completion if smaller in size. Others which may take even longer or require a full day on each phase of the 2 day process require a 2/3 payment upon completion of the first phase and balance upon the completion of the rest. You have an advantage where you already have a business in progress. I would use that to expand your customers' services while getting ready for the full time transition next year. Why not get that part going asap? You know your schedule and capabilities best and could use that to set up for future business with you current customers and not skip a beat really. If I was in your position, I would hire someone to continue the business you already have in place while you devote time to building the other. You keep the cash flow going and don't have to worry so much about dropping the net so to speak. You are fortunate in your position. Having two businesses is a great advantage plus it gives you the ability to utilize workers from both in the case you become shorthanded either way. As an employee, many enjoy the diversity. (breaks up the monotony). Plus, it allows you to be able to cross train people for both and cover in the event of shortages in help. Great opportunity I would say. As far as building up a customer base, go with what you know. That is the best place to start. If it worked before, apply it again. Web site is a great way to attract people to your business and since you are already established in one area, you gain some consumer confidence in that as well. Not a jack-of-all-trades mind you but enterprising is a better way to put it. Starting from scratch will take time and you may not be able to command what you want as a new entity. As a division of another, you will have better luck and results. Use it to your advantage. The rest is as I mentioned before. Anywhere you operate whether it be as a lawn mowing company or as a pressure washing company, use your presence in a neighborhood to put out flyers or door knob hangers letting others know what you offer. For each house you serve post a flyer/hanger on each side of that house and the 3 across the street. It takes 7-10 minutes to walk it or have someone do it while the final phase of your current job is happening to keep them busy. Also, target areas that are affluent and have the money more than those run down. You can get a better price and references from them than the alternatives plus less hassle for those wanting the champagne service on a beer budget! Rod
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    Rod, you definitely gave me some guidance and insight that I needed. I decided to go ahead and go through for it, so I'm going to give it a round. Having been in the service industry for nearly a decade, I really don't see it as being difficult to get up and running. I like your idea of a sprinter van, I will defiantly be changing vehicles now that my towing truck better known as gas guzzler won't be needed to tow around 3 or 4 zero turns at a time. I'll probably go for something economical. My main and only concern I would appreciate you touching on a little more is marketing and getting constant cash flow coming in. I'm really worried about constant cash flow, as in landscaping, I've had year around customers, on a weekly schedule, and that money was guaranteed every month. With power-washing I worry the week work schedule and work load could simply depend on luck in marketing. What do you do to guarantee cash flow? The first year, I plan to start solo, but can easily hire someone if it takes off. Just to make a living, according to my math, I'll need at bare minimum of 15 to 25 customers a week, depending on how much they spend on up-sells. If I can up-sell a lot through the week, I could make it work with 15 customers or jobs per week. Here's what I have planned for marketing, let me know what you think and if you think it will be enough to book between 15 and 25 jobs a week. Step 1: Tomorrow I will start on building a website and a business Facebook account. I already have a business name in mind that I'll need to file a DBA for that is not in use around here. I'll use the social media for creating a portfolio and building a name, and also have the website ranked near the top on Google. Step 2: I have a local printer that prints me (10,000 Full Page 8.5 x 11) Flyers at a time for $250.00. (I use full page, because I noticed an increased response rate in previous years over business cards and small postcards.) I plan to have 2,500 of these go out every single week. I plan for this to be my primary mode of marketing. I will either pay someone to distribute 2,500 each week or use EDDM through the postal office. I expect a 1% response rate at minimum off of them each week. In turn, this should provide me with 25 calls at minimum. I prefer this method because I can control my work area and have a tight route each week, and practically be in the same zip code all week rather than having too much windshield time between each stop. Step 3: Every job I complete, I intend to drop a 2nd flyer off by hand to the closest (5) neighbors, letting them know we had just did their neighbors, which I'm sure they will take notice of. I will also use coupons on the flyer to reel them in. With that said, I'm hoping these (3) small steps will be enough to at least get my feet wet and reel in the amount of work or 15-25 jobs a week that I need to keep a float until I build a reputation. Ram, please let me know what you think about the above and you think it will AT LEAST real in enough work to keep a solo guy busy his first year? Also, my ears are open to any other tricks or methods you might have to reeling in or securing steady cash flow.
  35. 1 point
    Looks like were still at it this week and into the week of the 11th..... [scrambling] Rod
  36. 1 point
    We're getting close. Got a log home to blast on monday and a play lot to do some repairs on but that will probably end our season about the 2nd week of December. After that...indoors we go! Rod
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    mike movila

    Sodium Hypochlortite pricing

    I go through the same process as Rod I buy mine from a local supplier Works good for me
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    Beth n Rod

    Sodium Hypochlortite pricing

    I don't even bother with buying in bulk or that concentration anymore. We have switched to just single bottles of clorox at HD and a few detergents/foaming agents/builders/rinse aids and extension poles and brushes. Get far better cleaning results, no bleach residue left behind, no oxidation issues to contend with and customers that call us back every two years to deal with the problematic sides and the rest of the house is a breeze. Same money, easier cleaning, less time and repeat business. Rod
  39. 1 point
    Beth n Rod

    House Washing

    Keep the percarb from drying on glass. It turns it cloudy. The cause is the cure fortunately but it ends up taking more time and effort to physically rub or brush them to remove the haze. I would suggest a maintenance strength sodium hydroxide based cleaner and then neutralize. Rod
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    We still go door to door and hang door hangers. This is the first marketing we ever did and although we have grown from other sources we refuse to quit what work for us in the beginning. "Never forget where you come from" It is not easy but in my opinion it is a great source for new business! Internet is an excellent choice as well! We have NOT successful with EDDM, and for that reason have discontinued it. If you don't mind doing a little extra work take a look at sendjim, https://sendjim.io/home they have some great marketing ideas at affordable pricing.
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    i use a bandanna and daft maneuvering to avoid the caustic mist. sometimes ill turn the fans on to suck it out of the kitchen as well as help coat the ducts going up and through the fan before i even go on the roof. just be sure your plastic is secured or you'll get the ol' plastic up the hole panic and mad dash to hit the switches. especially after youve washed off the hoods and all that grease is on the plastic... talk about rage, when you gotta clean the **** off again. the risk is part of the fun!
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    Thanks Guy. I did learn the old fashion way by asking knowledgeable guys who actually clean garages and how they did it. I asked and also get asked what prices can we look to get to clean these giants. Only one person always spouted off how he gets 25cents a sq', makes 70k a day cleaning garages because he can clean 280,000sq' a day including gum popping but doesn't have employees because he can't afford the workers comp. Time for me to do the right thing and protect other contractors from people like this instead of looking the other way. Those days are over.
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    Typical parking garage Power washing prices across the nation run on average in the range of .03-.10 sq' TRUE!! Once again ask around. I spoke to guys who have clean garages all the way from south Florida, to up North in Vermont to all the way west to California to southwest Texas & North west Illinois & many places in between. These prices are the average range for 100,000sq'+ garages nation wide.
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    Nice and clean

    Pricing myself out of jobs

    Probably looking at least 20 gallons of degreaser and meet profit would be around that but isn't that the reason we are in business to make money? People don't respect pressure washing companies because of the hacks who do a job that size for 500 dollars worth a home depot bought machine
  45. 1 point
    Very nice work Ron ********** text me 480-5225227 ???Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    That looks great excellent work, is that a farrow machine I looked into buying one a couple years ago.
  48. 1 point
    Looks terrific ! What do you use for the media? Must be something fairly soft.
  49. 1 point
    This is the front of that building we've been working on for the last week or so. This is the front of that same building right after we restored it with our wet abrasive blasting process. The history of the building is that it was originally constructed in the 1920s as a Chevrolet dealership in Hopewell New Jersey and operated as a Chevrolet dealership until General Motors shut them two years ago. Anyway it's being repurposed as a Green Organic Farmers Market... and no chemicals were used in this restoration.
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    This is a project we did last week which we're just wrapping up right now. The building was from 1920's and had close to 100 years of dirt and crud on all the bricks. You can see the old color of the building on the left side and the restored area on the right. This is the side of the building wet abrasive blasted... note how there is no dust and no water on the ground... very clean! This is what this side of the building looked like all cleaned up This is the back of the same building before we wet abrasive blasted it.. the area on the right is still being worked on by the masons. This is what the back looked like all cleaned up This black stuff was all over the building and pretty much is what had to be removed without damaging the bricks. Again what the bricks looked like all cleaned up and ready for sealer. Again the wet abrasive process in action... Note how there is very little water (Just enough to control dust) and how the ground stays dry. Still the building cleaned up real nice even in 100º temp Hey it's good to be green!:thumbsup:
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