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    Beth n Rod got a reaction from mike movila in 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
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    Beth n Rod reacted to PowerCleaningPlus in 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.
     
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    Beth n Rod got a reaction from mike movila in How old is to old to be in cleaning restoration business   
    Thanks. It has been a wild ride to this point and we are a wreck each game.
    Me gots no finger nails left!!!

    Rod
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    Beth n Rod reacted to MrHouseWash in Obtaining Residential Work In Affluent Areas? Help from someone with experience!!   
    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. 
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    Beth n Rod reacted to mike movila in How old is to old to be in cleaning restoration business   
    Sounds good Rod I hope your team wins the Stanley Cup 
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    Beth n Rod reacted to MrHouseWash in New In Business... Looking for interesting ideas to get new business...   
     
    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? 
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    Beth n Rod got a reaction from mike movila in How old is to old to be in cleaning restoration business   
    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
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    Beth n Rod reacted to mike movila in 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 
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    Beth n Rod reacted to joelnece in For Sale....   
    Can I post equipment for sale in this forum?
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    Beth n Rod reacted to JaxPressurePro in 100 year old interior brick wall acid wash?   
    This was a great read an oldie but a goodie :) 
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    Beth n Rod reacted to Ron Musgraves in 100 year old interior brick wall acid wash?   
    Very nice work
    Ron ********** text me 480-5225227 ???Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Beth n Rod reacted to Russ Johnson in 100 year old interior brick wall acid wash?   
    Look What's New
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    Beth n Rod reacted to AtlanticGreenPro in 100 year old interior brick wall acid wash?   
    I used fine recycled glass along with our Farrow System.
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    Beth n Rod reacted to AtlanticGreenPro in 100 year old interior brick wall acid wash?   
    Yes, it's a Farrow System machine.
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    Beth n Rod reacted to splashandash in 100 year old interior brick wall acid wash?   
    That looks great excellent work, is that a farrow machine I looked into buying one a couple years ago.
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    Beth n Rod reacted to AtlanticGreenPro in 100 year old interior brick wall acid wash?   
    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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    Beth n Rod reacted to Doug T in 100 year old interior brick wall acid wash?   
    Looks terrific ! What do you use for the media? Must be something fairly soft.
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    Beth n Rod reacted to AtlanticGreenPro in 100 year old interior brick wall acid wash?   

    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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    Beth n Rod reacted to kps0410 in Anyone have experience with Bulldog Pro Pressure Washers   
    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 
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    Beth n Rod reacted to paul horsley in 2018 PWNA Annual Convention & Trade Show   
    Mark your calender. 2018 PWNA Annual Convention & Trade Show Orlando FL Oct 19th through 21st. Don't miss the Largest show ever. You don't want to miss this event!!

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    Beth n Rod got a reaction from mike movila in Cedar pool deck stain recommendations   
    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
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    Beth n Rod got a reaction from T1snwbrdr12 in Maryland deck. New pressure treated pine   
    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
     
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    Beth n Rod reacted to T1snwbrdr12 in Maryland deck. New pressure treated pine   
    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. 
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    Beth n Rod got a reaction from mike movila in Late Start   
    Yeah, we're all having the same drifting our way over here in the dc area.

    Rain, snow, cold, rain, cold, windy cold.....yeah....enough already
    Rod
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    Beth n Rod got a reaction from mike movila in Lots of Questions.... Need Help From You Business Owners In The Industry   
    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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