"Practicing"

In terms of wanting to become better in this field, did most of y’all find time to “practice” in the form of doing free washes for friends/family and your own homes or was it just a matter of things taking off out the gate and winging it? And when I say winging it, it isn’t meant to be taken as if you’re going in blind or ignorant of what you’re doing. I’m talking about really doing your part to have a solid, but basic understanding of what you’re doing and then learning more as you go along.

I’m more than positive that my lack of experience is but a small part of the lack of interest in my services, but I fully understand that in order to get better at something, you’ve got to just do it and go through the trail/error phase. How many washes (no matter the surface) did y’all give away before you felt experienced enough to no longer do one for “free.” I appreciate any helpful feedback.

I think I washed two houses before offering it to a customer for full price. But I had hundreds of hours in research, and a well established window cleaning business already.

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I washed my house, spent a ton of time on here reading and watched a couple of youtube videos to see how I should go about washing i.e. what steps to take and in what order.

@Racer has some excellent videos on the YouTube’s I highly, highly recommended.
I’ve been washing commercial trucks for years but washing buildings is a whole other animal, Easier for sure but alot different with basically the same equipment but different chems, I believe a HW’er will get himself into more trouble by improperly using chemicals the wrong way be it dilution ratios or just flat out the wrong chemicals for the job.
A well manicured lawn,shrubbery and some Japanese maples get quite expensive and are easily harmed or killed by simply SH IMO.

See, I’m coming fresh off the streets. I’ve spent some time reading and reading and reading on here, tons of other sites and a lot of YouTube, so I feel like I’ve soaked up a lot of info…but now it’s a matter of trying to put it into practice and I don’t think potential customers want to hear “you know, I’m new to this, but I’ve watched a lot of Youtube videos!” More so, it’s just a bit frustrating, but I’m all for embracing the grind and being patient…but at what point do you stop being patient and just create the opportunities for yourself instead of waiting for them to show up?

This is currently where I am. A lot of research online and a ton of YouTube videos.

YouTube is just another modern tool for your knowledge belt, But sooner or later you just have to get your hands on it and do the job, Your family members will be way more forgiving than a lawsuit from a client homeowner. your own house is your best bet to practice imo.

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To answer you question I’d say accomplish your own house first and then do your family members at a family discount. Then you’ll have book and field training to start going after the market.
And also get INSURED if you haven’t already… best of luck man

I truly appreciate it. I’m relying mostly on close friends for the “trial” washes. I’m in Las Vegas and my family is primarily in South Carolina. I’m confident that it’ll work out for me, but it’s just a little frustrating.

Again, I really do appreciate the advice. Thank you.

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Anytime, If your confident with your research then its time for hands on discounted training, I didn’t say free.

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And you don’t have to delete what you type on here long as its proper, A we old timers can read it. and B it was a good read what you wrote and C it’ll mess up the whole conversation when someone wants to read and learn.

Also watch Squids videos if you haven’t already, Good intel on there.

I think the key is - don’t damage anything. Even if you have to tell your customer that you aren’t able to get something clean, as long as you didn’t damage anything, it will be ok.

So stick to the basics. House wash or concrete cleaning. No new concrete under 2 years old. No jobs where the primary objective is to clean oil or rust stains. No jobs that require any chemicals other than diluted SH or a user-friendly degreaser like EBC. No roofs. No stone. No painted concrete.

Make sure you prepare. Arrive with your sh diluted and ready to go. Mixing your sh and surfactant on-site while looking for your lost measuring cup will just stress you out. Have a full tank of gas, and I’d recommend a 5-gallon backup. Make sure you have properly-sized nozzles installed and ready to go.

Do a test spot of all chemicals on all the different surfaces they will be touching. Pre-rinse and post-rinse all vegetation really well.

Give yourself PLENTY of time. Tell your customer it will take up to 8 hours, so that when it only takes 4 hours and it should have only taken 2 hours, it’s all good. Don’t book more than one job a day. I would even skip a day in case you need to hit the forums that night and return the next day.

As long as you get the job done and don’t damage anything, I wouldn’t feel bad about charging even if it takes twice as long as it should have. If you stick to the basics and guidelines such as these, it’s unlikely that you will cause damage.

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I primarily deleted it because from my end, it didn’t look like a response to one of your posts. Good looking out, either way.