I’ve done a little reading around here and found a little bit of helpful info. I’ve ran a P/W before, but by no means consider myself an expert. I’m a fireman with a lawn mowing business on the side. I’ve been mowing Pilot Travel Centers for a while, and they’ve asked for a bid to wash the fuel islands, both for the big trucks and the passenger cars weekly. They are concrete and several thousand square feet. It sounds like these fuel stations often want to pay way too little from reading here. I have a good reputation with this company and they know I do good work. I also do not plan on doing this unless I can make decent money, I’m not trying to get business at any cost or undercut a professional washer, I’ll not do it before I go broke to have work. I’ve also read about reclaiming runoff. This station is fairly new, and they have an oil/water separator on site, they currently use their maintenance guys to wash and it all runs into these drains. I’d need to buy a machine, hot water I assume, and chemicals and such.
My questions are:
- Given that there are tons and tons of variables, what would a reasonable cost / foot be that would make sense for the customer and still make me a profit? Keep in mind, I already have insurance and the like.
- What is the minimum size machine I could get by with for this, keeping in mind it’d be this one station once a week through the summer, and I don’t plan on trying to pick up a ton more jobs?
- Is there a rough estimate of time per 100 or 1000 feet that you guys use?
- Any other suggestions or comments?
Thanks in advance for helping out a newbie!