Same here. I’m wondering what it’s going to be like after the holidays. Still in my first year so I don’t know yet. A few guys out of Texas said they wash all year and we have the same weather mostly. Hopefully the same market.
We’re staying busy but not blowing any doors down. After next week I’ll be caught up until the first of the year. Once we get New Years behind us I’m going to spend January focusing on selling selling commercial work. Probably the last week of January I will run a winter special eddm campaign. I’m ready for March / April to get here.
Im still too new at this business to realize how impressive it is being booked through July. How tuff it is to get there. I dont know if its simply a build up of relationships (and good work) over the years, or your a “real man of genius”. I will figure out in time how to do it God willing. But for now, I say this; 18% of my revenue went to adverts. Crumbs for you, life and death for me. I would rather pay that for the knowledge of how to get booked out that far in advance, rather than pay once, earn once, repeat. Any tips?
I am about 90% commercial with about 10 management companies making up my work load. That’s good in the sense that they don’t bother with getting estimates. They just send me a list every July(their budget year starts then typically) with a list of about 100 properties they want scheduled thru out the year. It is bad in the sense that one management company dropping me means I lost 10% of by business. I have been with some of them for 20 years. No more advertising or internet presence. It didn’t happen over night though. Keep plugging along. Better to approach HOA, management companies, etc personally than spend money advertising if you want commercial work.
I would never pay $25 for a car wash. I am usually good for a year or two between truck washes but my wife uses the drive thru at Sheetz and we both think that is as waste of $6, but the kids like riding thru it.
Only if you live in an urban area that allows you to move quickly from job to job. I try to get house washing, gutters and windows at one place and stay all day because my jobs are often 45 min - 1 hr apart driving time.
I do a lot of flat rate pricing but I present it in ranges. Small vinyl house $150 - $200, medium size house $225 - $275, large vinyl $300 - $400, etc… I usually satisfy the customer’s main question which is “can I afford this?” and yet I leve myself a little wiggle room.
Exactly, I have a rural market but because of the lake areas and the fact that it’s hard to get reputable home services contractors out this way, we can command much higher prices. On the converse though, our expenses are higher because of a lack of suppliers nearby. SH is $4 a gallon for me.
I agree, why not just make it $39 if your going to upcharge everything? I once offered a $129 gutter cleaning (any size house) and about lost my shirt on massive homes with gutter guards and 40 foot peaks etc… never again, lol.
Cool. I’ve bought so many different domain names over the years and done nothing with them that I wish I had all that money back. I have owned “pressurewashingmadeeasy(.)com” for years and can’t even figure out how to use it, lol.