I know you big operation types go through a lot more but this was huge for my little operation.
Hope you charged them enough
Meh…I have him a good deal, included his lattice vinyl fence too. I’m trying to get my foot in the door with these neighborhoods, it’s a delicate balance of getting the job vs figuring out what they’ll be able to afford. I did four bids on some really nasty houses and none called back.
First one was $500, I worked in a couple other add-ons.
People with nasty houses aren’t good prospects. Even if you get, they’re not worth anything to you because they’re not going to get cleaned again for another 10 years. You want people who take care of their property.
Over half of the houses I wash look like that and the only cleaner houses are the newer ones. No one around here gets their house washed on a regular basis. Folks here keep their landscape looking pretty good and to hell with keeping the house and concrete clean.
Doesn’t work that way here. People let stuff go for years, most tell me they tried to do it themselves and finally caved to letting a “professional do it”.
People are a different breed in KY, they prefer to do things on their own terms. I can’t tell you how many wives give me a call when their husbands screwed something up.
Family tree ain’t got one branch.
No, but the roots run deep.
That’s because you need a better clients. Every place has some of those like you have. Got to find the better neighborhoods and once you clean them, you’ve got to sell them on keeping it clean. I’ve actually started upcharging if a house hasn’t been cleaned in past few years.
“Better clients”? What on earth does that mean lol. Good Lord I hope someone doesn’t label me a ‘worse client’ when I need something serviced.
If an old WW2 vet wants the green off his little box house, I’m the one to call. I’m not in this to make as much $$$ as I can.
I think he was saying more upscale neighborhoods. I can say with all certainty he was not referring to anyone’s character based on their neighborhood. but Rick is right the more upscale neighborhoods not only pay better but most are required to keep their property maintained and looking good. here I do more driveways and pool areas with the house as an add on. I make more on flatwork and it’s lower risk than washing just the house.
I’m behind that as well. Folks around here don’t give a rats tuchus about there house’s, now there big trucks and farm equipment are another story. So my moto is ,if it’s rolling on rubber,I’ll scrubber
Yeah, that’s not our business model. I focus on the people that desperately need a good cleaning and we know they won’t be paying top dollar for it, but the satisfaction of helping someone out is priceless.
We just did a gentleman’s small house that was covered in slime. He used to clean it himself but had a stroke and can’t get around like he used to. His house was the cleanest on the block, he was thrilled and put a good review on Google for us. Makes me upset these other local companies just don’t give a flip about the ‘small’ jobs that may only make $150 or so, they’re the ones that truly need it.
There’s a distillery on the other side of town that is making whiskey fungus grow on older houses, and they are getting hit with $200 fines for not keeping it off. When (if) I get some time off I’ll probably get with a couple other companies and see if we can do some pro-bono work.
Good on ya. It’s good to give back when ya can
Ummm. Business is business. When retirement comes you have to have the money to take care of yourself and family. There’s always room to help those you want to help but unless you are a charity profitablity has to be one of your most prominent business goals.
I get it. I’m doing a free roof and house wash as we speak. but profit is not a dirty word. if I’m charging for a job I’m charging full price. if not I’d rather do it for free because those you give price breaks to are usually the ones that will nit pick you to death
I’ll be washing in my hooveround, just like @Racer