Here is a video of how our shop is set up as of the end of the season. Roof cleaning and house washing is still only 25% of the company at this point but still thought i’d share. We will add some new builds through the year so I will share those later. Any feedback is always appreciated.
Nice shop!! Best of luck in 2019.
Great shop man
Video audio was low
I think he just has a soft voice. Was relaxing lol
Lol that’s funny I was going to say something about that. I talk quietly and don’t realize it sometimes. Sorry about that, you will have to turn up the volume.
That’s a great layout! Mine has the bathroom right in the center and it’s making me nuts.
Thanks for the video and have a great 2019!
Seems expensive for the amount of equipment you have. Im not trying to offend you im just curious what your reason is. Shops like that run $1500-$2000.
@Grizz you are totally right and no offense taken, there is not a lot of stuff compared to the size space. Someone else asked me this on the window forum. I will copy and paste my reasons here as well.
It’s not a whole lot of stuff in the shop. But that wasn’t the driving factor for moving into the space. I live in a 800 square-foot house that can only park two cars in the single file driveway. So we were basically parking the work trucks in the yard and then halfway sticking out into the street. We were constantly pulling one truck out to let my wife out of the driveway and moving it back. Also it just looked terrible and junky. Which was very upsetting to my wife. Then the garage to an old 50s house is not very big. It can fit one small car with a couple feet on each side and maybe 5 to 6 feet in front of it. So all of those tools quickly fill up a small garage even though there’s not a ton. Then on top of that you have a car for each employee and they have to find somewhere to park. So this typically ends up being in front of your neighbors houses which they do not appreciate. Then this also required me to clean /stock and prep the trucks for the guys in my off time because I didn’t allow free access to my garage. So this was causing me to spend a lot of time after business hours on keeping the trucks going. My whole goal with my business is to have it run by itself with me only being there to oversee and not necessarily be heavily dependent on. This wasn’t possible operating out of my house. I considered buying a house or I could build a big shop in the back but I also realized I just don’t want my company operating out of my house. I want to be able to leave my work and come home and have a distinct separation between the two. This allowed me to do this. Now there are some weeks where I don’t even come into the office and everything is just done without me being there. All that’s really required of me is to answer the phones sometimes when the guys have questions or need help.
Another factor that was important to me was to create a sense of stability in the guys working for me. It was hard to give the appearance of a legitimate company that’s going to be around for a long time operating out of my garage. Now the guys can come to work and feel as if they are part of a real company. This also helps when having new ones interview for a job position. Not to say this can’t be done from a home-based operation but it just makes it easier for me.
The goal of my business really isn’t to make me a ton of money. As of right now I feel very comfortable financially. The main goal for running my company is to allow me to live the lifestyle that I would like to. Currently I work 1 to 2 days a week with my wife and then I get to spend the other days volunteering and on my own personal hobbies. I sacrifice what I could make financially if I was to work those other days but at least at this point I get to spend pretty much every day with my family and to me that’s worth it. We don’t make as much as we could but we continue to make a decent profit and I get to have a enjoyable life style. By having the shop this allows me to do all of these things and so to me it was really a easy decision. I don’t regret it at all and I constantly find myself saying “man I sure am glad I got this shop.”
Wise words dean. Congratulations on getting your business to the point where you can justify a shop for whatever reason. It’s one of my long term goals if I continue washing for a few more years.
Great explanation Dean. Glad it’s working out for you like you hoped.
Thats awesome. I agree 100%. Family is the most important thing.