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pmblair
11-01-2007, 10:16 PM
Hey gang... here's a few pics we took yesterday of a 2 story house. *Notice me on the second story roof cleaning the chimney.


http://www.greenandcleanga.com/misc_images/shpw103107_1.jpg


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http://www.greenandcleanga.com/misc_images/shpw103107_5.jpg


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http://www.greenandcleanga.com/misc_images/shpw103107_8.jpg * * * *

Steve
11-01-2007, 10:26 PM
Those are some great pics!

For others reading this, how would you advise bidding on such a job?

Does using a ladder in a job effect the bid price?

pmblair
11-01-2007, 10:33 PM
We just use a standard pricing... so the ladder doesn't play into it. We usually charge $99 for a 1 story house and $199 for a 2 story house. Of course, that's for a "typical" sized house... if they have a HUGE house, the price, naturally, goes up... pricing usually includes the driveway, walkway and a small cement patio.

AMW Graphics
11-01-2007, 10:36 PM
Looks much better!

But if you ever want some tips on how to never use a ladder again let me know...

From what i can see in the pictures, if i was doing this my feet wouldnt have left the ground!
Falling hurts too much...lol

Get an X-Jet...and a 5 gallon bucket and wash and rinsh that house in 45 mins and get paid and on to the next one.

I did pressure cleaning for a long time and the first few i did the way you are.

AMW Graphics
11-01-2007, 10:39 PM
Quote[/b] (Team Gopher @ Nov. 01 2007,10:26)]Does using a ladder in a job effect the bid price?
It should!

You are taking a risk of getting hurt, and most ins. companys will charge more if you use ladders.

pmblair
11-01-2007, 10:39 PM
Just checked out that X-Jet... OH yeah... that's gotta go on the wish list! lol

...and it wasn't the fall that scared me... it's that sudden stop I'm worried about...

Steve
11-01-2007, 10:44 PM
Doesnt using a ladder actually increase your workman's comp rates too?

How lond did this job take?

pmblair
11-01-2007, 10:53 PM
I'm embarassed to say this job took 5 hours... you can't tell in the pics, but there were a few BAD places on the house... and we had to use TLC in a couple of spots... so it took longer than expected... but then, we did it without an extension wand, without X-Jet, having to use a ladder and move it around, and only having one machine right now.... but it was definately a learning experience. Plus, there were 2 people who stopped and asked for information while we were working... both times, I was on the ladder... lol

landonkade
11-01-2007, 11:00 PM
Quote[/b] (AMW Graphics @ Nov. 01 2007,10:36)]Looks much better!

But if you ever want some tips on how to never use a ladder again let me know...

From what i can see in the pictures, if i was doing this my feet wouldnt have left the ground!
Falling hurts too much...lol

Get an X-Jet...and a 5 gallon bucket and wash and rinsh that house in 45 mins and get paid and on to the next one.

I did pressure cleaning for a long time and the first few i did the way you are.
what about a ball-valve and low-pressure, i see alot of people talking about that

pmblair
11-01-2007, 11:01 PM
You talking about the ball valve so you can change wands without turning off the machine?

I want one of those, too!

landonkade
11-01-2007, 11:10 PM
Quote[/b] (pmblair @ Nov. 01 2007,11:01)]You talking about the ball valve so you can change wands without turning off the machine?

I want one of those, too!

http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/iB_html/uploads/post-4-14324-landonkade2.jpg

http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/iB_html/uploads/post-4-14338-landonkade3.jpg

http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum....23;st=0 (http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/cgi-bin/ikonboard.cgi?act=ST;f=4;t=5823;st=0)

go down until u see the house, i recently done that house. how much do u charge for something like that, from the eves down to the grass, and front and back porch,back porch is same as front, dont include the roof

what do u think about this website, i talk to him sometimes
http://www.firstchoicepowerwashing.com

pmblair
11-03-2007, 12:22 AM
I'd probably charge between $100-$150... but I think I could be undercharging.

I like his website... I'm going to have to bookmark it and look through it really well when I get the chance.

landonkade
11-03-2007, 12:59 AM
Quote[/b] (pmblair @ Nov. 03 2007,12:22)]I'd probably charge between $100-$150... but I think I could be undercharging.

I like his website... I'm going to have to bookmark it and look through it really well when I get the chance.
i charged them $200 and they gave me a $15 tip so $215 total. they where ok with the price, didnt say anything about it

pmblair
11-03-2007, 01:05 AM
Very nice. It's kinda hard to tell the actual size of the house's footprint from those pics, so I may have actually come closer to the $200 range, too... and a $15 tip, to boot? Nice!

Steve
11-03-2007, 01:26 AM
How long did it take to do the job?

FourSeasons
11-03-2007, 11:20 AM
Shouldn't that cost the customer at least $300 if not more?
I was talking to a guy that retired about 5 years ago from microsoft. He is probably 45 at the oldest. He started doing bee keeping (hobby) and pressure washing just as a small side job.
He was telling me to get into pressure washing also because it can be very profitable. He said you can easily make 1000/day pressure washing roofs. And at least $500/day pressure washing properties in general.

I would think if you are spending a half a day pressure washing someones property you should be coming out with at least $250 minimum if not more. Not including any chemical cleaners you might be using.
I am sure pressure washing is very time consuming.

AMW Graphics
11-03-2007, 11:48 AM
Quote[/b] (FourSeasons @ Nov. 03 2007,11:20)]I am sure pressure washing is very time consuming.
It dosent have to be!

landonkade
11-03-2007, 08:03 PM
Quote[/b] (Team Gopher @ Nov. 03 2007,1:26)]How long did it take to do the job?
i took about 3 hours, but we had left for about a hour, so probaly about 2 hours if we didnt leave

Steve
11-03-2007, 10:08 PM
Knowing all this now, how do you think it will effect your bidding in the future? How would you bid this job now? Would there be any change?

landonkade
11-03-2007, 10:34 PM
Quote[/b] (Team Gopher @ Nov. 03 2007,10:08)]Knowing all this now, how do you think it will effect your bidding in the future? How would you bid this job now? Would there be any change?
right now $70 a hour isnt to bad, probaly wouldnt hurt to go a little higher if i have to. got to pay to have good work done *http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif *i have seen u could make $100 to $150 a hour doing pressure washing, it might vary from state to state

a friend of mine that does pressure washing though a contruction company(jessie's cousin) told me $200 to $250 for that house, so i just choose $200 for that time being, to see how everything went. I wasnt really losing anything cause the pressure washer is paid for. But yeah from the learning experiance from that house told me alot.

i think i need to call around and contact compitiors here in town and see what they charge. Get them to go to my dads house and get quotes or something. Dads is about 1800 sq ft all vinyl siding

Steve
11-03-2007, 10:39 PM
Is there anything you learned about the job itself that you would do differently next time as well beside the pricing?

landonkade
11-07-2007, 02:00 AM
Quote[/b] (Team Gopher @ Nov. 03 2007,10:39)]Is there anything you learned about the job itself that you would do differently next time as well beside the pricing?
well that house was fairly easy to do, and was mosly dirt on the vinyl. I think i need more homes to do so i can learn on site