Potentially a very obvious question here but do any of you wipe down/squeegee windows after your house wash? I’m still practicing on houses prior to advertising my services but nearly every house I wash ends up with water spots on the windows. Granted, the windows are obviously cleaner than they initially were but the perfectionist in me wants to see if theres a solution to this other than fully cleaning their windows by taking screens off and all that. If it’s any help, i’m in Phoenix where we have pretty hard water.
Don’t include window cleaning for free when doing a house wash but you can try and up sell them if you want to get involved with windows. If you go around and wipe down all of the windows you’d have to somehow include your added time in the price which means a higher house wash cost. That could mean losing potential customers. Most screens have to be removed from the inside so you can even up sell them if the homeowner wants to remove them and have them stacked up out front. I guess you could remove them but that means you’d have to charge more and you’d have to make sure the customer is home when doing the house wash. I don’t think I would ever mess with having to go inside to remove screens. That’s a whole different ballgame. I believe @Patriotspwashing uses pure water when he rinses the windows he up sells on a house wash. I think he uses a backpack sprayer but has it rigged to a water fed pole to reach the 2nd story windows.
Yeah my biggest thing is the potential time sink of cleaning windows. I definitely don’t think that I’ll be washing all their windows for free or anything like that. I’m sure I’m just overthinking the minor water spots lol
They do have water softeners you can install between your water supply hose and buffer tank/equipment if it’s something that bothers you that bad. If hard water is really bad and, really well known in your area, maybe you can use it as a marketing strategy. I haven’t heard of anyone on the forum using a water softener though. I think most hot water units have them but are mainly to help prevent minerals from forming in the coils. The spots should be an easy up sell to customers who are also bothered by them so I don’t know if I would go the water softener route unless you can somehow benefit from it.
What are you using in your house wash mix?
This is the backpack sprayer thread I was thinking of. It has some good tips from Corey too.
As far as pure water I use a 3 stage filter that I bought online and then I run it through a Deionized system that I lease through Culligan for $44 per month. The 3 stage pre-filter isn’t necessarily a needed item but it will preserve the life of the D/I tanks especially if you have hard water. I don’t really advertise it but I won’t lose a job to a competitor because I didn’t have the system. For $45 a month in MHO its worth the money not to mention the fact that I use it to wash my cars and they dry spot free!