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AndoTheMando
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Hey there crew,

As winter is fast approaching I have added another feather in my cap and gone out and bought a 4,800 psi water blaster (continuous 3,000 psi) with a special cleaning head attachment for hard surfaces ...  

I'm wondering what I should be charging for this service ? 

I'm tossing around the idea of $200 an average driveway plus extra if required..

 

Do any of you lot have experience with this ?

Thoughts?

 

cheers ;)


Posted 08 April 2019 - 06:36 PM

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Using a surface cleaner which is the quickest way $1 per sqm.With a minimum charge for small areas which you'll have to decide what you want

https://www.youtube....h?v=vxL_b_mCs_E

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Posted 08 April 2019 - 10:25 PM

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Using a surface cleaner which is the quickest way $1 per sqm.With a minimum charge for small areas which you'll have to decide what you want

https://www.youtube....h?v=vxL_b_mCs_E

that's the cleaning attachment I have !!

I'm thinking $2 per sqm


Posted 09 April 2019 - 06:56 AM

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A ''few'' years ago i was at $1.5 /metre.


Posted 09 April 2019 - 11:27 AM

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Another Australian lawn forum covers years of information on pressure washing as a end result not many get any work from pressure washing,advertise as much as you want like we all did.

As for me adverts on G-tree leaflet drops and notifying my clients,got a inquiry 4 years ago now i'm waiting for the second to come in.Getting close any day now


Posted 09 April 2019 - 02:14 PM

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A ''few'' years ago i was at $1.5 /metre.

 

This will be my minimum depending on the customer and how much work is there...  100 sqm has to be worth $150 at least

Another Australian lawn forum covers years of information on pressure washing as a end result not many get any work from pressure washing,advertise as much as you want like we all did.

As for me adverts on G-tree leaflet drops and notifying my clients,got a inquiry 4 years ago now I'm waiting for the second to come in.Getting close any day now

I'm not expecting to get lots of work out of this but I already have 3 jobs lined up within my customer base.   one of the jobs is huge and will pay for my machine...so any extra after that is a bonus ..    I just had no idea what to charge or how to work it out...  $1.5- $2 /meter is reasonable I think


Posted 09 April 2019 - 05:20 PM

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l'd be lucky to get 1 job a year, don't really chase it tho'.....


Posted 09 April 2019 - 07:09 PM

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l'd be lucky to get 1 job a year, don't really chase it tho'.....

yeah , I'll be interested to see how much interest i get within my customer base.. 


Posted 09 April 2019 - 07:21 PM

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i bought one for my commercial customer that has an area they want cleaned a couple of times a year, i can remember the last other job i used it but im having trouble with the one before that.

 

you might dig a few jobs out of your customer base but not many people seem to ask for a pressure cleaning guy. i clean the dust out of one ladys alfresco occasionally but i just use soapy water and a broom. no blasting mess up the walls that way.

The main use of mine is cleaning the 217 bag

 

your on the right track though, if you sit waiting for work in june and july youll be lucky to be eating potatoes, i reckon at least 80% of winter work is initiated by me. 

 

Drop the busy narrative

ask for more work

let them know you are looking for more, 

suggest pruning this and that to let the light in

do that job they talked about getting around to one day

fix the flyscreens

shoot a message off to some hedges you trimmed before christmas

 

and enjoy the quiet time


Posted 09 April 2019 - 10:33 PM

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In May is a good time to start pushing gutter cleaning prepping up for Autumn leaves removal.

In June start pushing weed removal from lawns using selective weed poison and tell them it will probably need a second spray in July/August.


Posted 09 April 2019 - 10:47 PM

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ive given up gutters.

 

how many international customers do you have greenbits? the holiday and travel market is a good market to crack.


Posted 09 April 2019 - 10:54 PM

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yeah , I'll be interested to see how much interest i get within my customer base.. 

 

I supose if your in a area that has a real extended quite time, some work that only breaks even with wages will mean the boom season money isnt paying last months bills.  

 

OFF season bread and butter...

 

You could try and sell a maintenance service at a lower rate, the goal would be a high up take because the rate lower, but the maintenance service is to done annually during your quite time every year.

 

the annual service would be done alot faster with very little build up in 12 months.

 

50 annual jobs at $80 a year is $4000 every year.  the maintenance service gets done every year regardless of buildup

 

20 jobs a year at $150  is $3000 but these job may only get done on call every 5 years.

 

Business may even take on a 6 monthy maintenance service if it offered. 

 

get your name out and get some work on the books.


Posted 09 April 2019 - 11:05 PM

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Reckon I'd be leaflet dropping around newish affluent estates if I had one of those.


Posted 10 April 2019 - 04:40 PM

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Reckon I'd be leaflet dropping around newish affluent estates if I had one of those.


And cozying up to a RE, bulk of my pressure cleaning came from one
Posted 10 April 2019 - 05:12 PM

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  I'm pretty fortunate to be very busy leading into winter.. I'm  looking forward to getting on the 4 week cycle so i can get through some of this hedging/ gardening work i have to do..... i think there is a small opportunity to make some bucks cleaning driveways...i know i have been asked about it a few times..  I only paid $400 buck for a brand new Chonda on ebay...  so its not killing me with outlay...  I'm not chasing work at all to be honest...but if they ask me...its there


Posted 10 April 2019 - 07:37 PM

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  I'm pretty fortunate to be very busy leading into winter.. 

 

Thats good to hear mate, I am very quiet at the moment but it suits as its school holidays and we are also off to the US mid May so I'm fine with the business being a bit slow at the mo.


Posted 11 April 2019 - 03:13 PM

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Thats good to hear mate, I am very quiet at the moment but it suits as its school holidays and we are also off to the US mid May so I'm fine with the business being a bit slow at the mo.

Thanks Colsy , once i get on the 4 week cycle i will plow through the work, Ive just been so busy mowing lawns that i haven't really had a chance to do anything else


Posted 11 April 2019 - 04:54 PM

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I gave gutters away last year. Ha d a couple scares.

 

I was asked to do a long drive way and my home pressure washer wasn't powerful enough so I went and purchased a decent one. First job more than paid for it but what a #### of a job it is. Ive done one other courtyard since then. I don't chase that kind of work though, its noisy, wet, everything gets dirty and you get hand cramps and neck pain from looking down for so long. That first job I mentioned was asphalt- what a nightmare.

Just specialize in mowing lawns.


Posted 11 April 2019 - 08:33 PM

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I gave gutters away last year. Ha d a couple scares.

 

 

Just specialize in mowing lawns.

yeah..i dont like doing gutters either....too risky 

 

and I will sell hotdogs over winter if I have too ;)


Posted 11 April 2019 - 08:50 PM

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this is the easiest and fastest way for who's willing to take that risk

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