Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Just starting your lawn care or landscaping business? > Community Assistance

Community Assistance Community questions, comments, and suggestions. Problems posting? Email me.

Pressure washing


Community Assistance

Community questions, comments, and suggestions. Problems posting? Email me.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 11-10-2009, 03:31 PM
winkie61 winkie61 is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Fayetteville,NC
Posts: 54
Rep Power: 7
winkie61 is on a distinguished road
Question Pressure washing

Is it alright?I want to add pressure washing to my service, but I want to know if its alright to use the clients' water to do the job. I have a 2750 PSI 2.6 GPM pressure washer to get me started until I can afford more professional equipment. Anybody PLEASE HELP!!!
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #2  
Old 11-10-2009, 05:08 PM
jdsimpkins jdsimpkins is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 18
Rep Power: 7
jdsimpkins is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Quote:
Originally Posted by winkie61 View Post
Is it alright?I want to add pressure washing to my service, but I want to know if its alright to use the clients' water to do the job. I have a 2750 PSI 2.6 GPM pressure washer to get me started until I can afford more professional equipment. Anybody PLEASE HELP!!!
In my opinion it would be more professional to have your own water however, you aren't in the pressure washing business and hauling that big tank around would be near impossible with all of your equipment. You are simply adding convenience to your customers offering this service so they don't have to contact another company, write another check, etc. They will more than likely understand this, so using their water shouldn't be a huge deal. Obviously you couldn't charge quite as much as you could if you weren't using their water, but I think the difference would be minimal. Just my two cents.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 11-10-2009, 05:17 PM
SuperiorPower
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

I think I would ask the customer if they will permit you to use their water.

What alternative do you have? The only alternative I see is having a tank with water on your truck/trailer. I suppose this could be done, but it requires more work/investment from you. You would have to charge more for this option.

The extra expenses would include these:

1. Your water,
2. A tank to hold the water,
3. A hose to get the water from the tank to your washer,
4. In this weather you may have to drain the tank daily, depending on your local temps. This would take more time from you. To fill the tank before the job. Then to drain it afterward. If you don't have enough water in the tank then you would have to go back to your house or where ever to get more water.
5. Truck or trailer space to haul the tank.

You would have to add all these into the extra cost. I personally think that this would be a way for you to say, $XX.XX amount with the customers water, $XXX.XX amount with your water and thus encourage them to give you access to their water.

For example, you would have to determine how long it takes to fill the tank and charge for your labor, how much the water costs, and how much the extra time/trouble takes. I could see that this could easily take an hour or more of your labor. I think if I had to do all this I would make it worth my time. But then that may just be me.

Good luck and let us know what happens,
Eli
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 11-11-2009, 09:15 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 38,043
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

That's a good question.

If I were your customer, I wouldn't think twice about it. I'd say there is the water outlet right there.

I just can't imagine it being a big issue at all with a residential customer. Maybe it becomes a problem with commercial customers when there isn't an easily accessible outside water outlet.

But all in all, just do it. Go out there and get started. Don't let this hold you back one bit.

Keep us posted
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 11-11-2009, 03:27 PM
Spyder Graphix
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

I agree, not being in the lawn care field and if i had you at my house or business I would not have a problem with it either.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Pressure washing winkie61 General Talk 5 11-11-2009 10:32 AM
Pressure Washing - Another Idea picframer General Talk 10 06-10-2009 08:12 PM
Pressure Washing picframer General Talk 17 05-24-2009 04:25 PM
Bidding pressure washing? jawwells Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 6 04-03-2008 05:53 PM
Prices for pressure washing? Help please!!! sweetz1 Starting a lawn care business. 2 08-26-2007 09:03 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
My Invention
biglee
01-11-2015 06:51 PM
Today 02:47 PM
by Steve
21 2,901
fliers
joshp
08-19-2016 03:23 PM
Yesterday 07:47 PM
by SC93
11 727
fert/lawn programs
joshp
08-28-2016 10:43 AM
Yesterday 03:27 PM
by acrajchel
2 274
Landscaper taking on odd...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
08-07-2016 06:57 PM
08-28-2016 10:31 AM
by joshp
7 878
Review of our lawn care...
Lawnline
07-12-2016 06:40 PM
08-27-2016 10:51 AM
by Steve
7 1,855
Start My Own Business?
mowandblow1980
01-12-2016 07:43 PM
08-25-2016 12:55 PM
by Steve
19 2,201
Looking for new host
Just for Cuts
11-26-2015 06:58 AM
08-24-2016 09:05 PM
by Stephen Alberts
10 1,947
Facebook advertising
Just for Cuts
12-13-2015 07:49 AM
08-24-2016 08:59 PM
by Stephen Alberts
14 13,150
Breaking into commercial...
SGL1
08-19-2016 07:02 AM
08-24-2016 10:12 AM
by mowandblow1980
7 674
Snow Plow
acrajchel
08-17-2016 10:21 AM
08-22-2016 11:21 AM
by Steve
5 644
Quarter Acre Woodland...
ew411
08-16-2016 06:50 AM
08-18-2016 12:25 PM
by Steve
4 626
Bidding Bushhogging
acrajchel
08-15-2016 11:52 AM
08-17-2016 05:32 PM
by acrajchel
4 623
Hello From the Florida...
KevinShuman
08-15-2016 08:57 PM
08-16-2016 01:52 PM
by SC93
2 616
I'm making stupid money...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
08-07-2016 07:07 PM
08-16-2016 12:42 AM
by SC93
5 922
A quick Intro
BLE
08-14-2016 05:17 PM
08-15-2016 10:54 AM
by acrajchel
2 609
New Customer - Gettting...
acrajchel
08-05-2016 05:00 PM
08-15-2016 10:52 AM
by acrajchel
4 883
helping out a friend set...
Doug D
08-13-2016 11:33 AM
08-15-2016 09:45 AM
by Steve
1 618
Small bed job
Bradcook21
08-09-2016 09:52 PM
08-10-2016 03:51 PM
by Steve
1 738
Hello from NoVa
jtwlawn
08-03-2016 11:20 AM
08-09-2016 10:45 AM
by jtwlawn
4 878
How much to charge for...
jymie
03-31-2013 05:59 PM
08-08-2016 04:33 PM
by Steve
27 6,697
Needing a website built
burtle
06-17-2015 09:02 AM
08-07-2016 10:21 AM
by Just for Cuts
18 19,875
New Site Hows it look
Infinitelawn
03-16-2015 10:32 AM
08-07-2016 08:37 AM
by Lawnline
8 11,334
Hey guys! Greetings from...
thegardener
08-05-2016 05:45 AM
08-05-2016 03:26 PM
by Steve
1 779
First Time Bidding-Need...
capitallawncrew
08-01-2016 08:30 AM
08-03-2016 09:52 AM
by Steve
3 716
Show us your stripes
Just for Cuts
05-21-2015 03:07 PM
08-01-2016 08:28 PM
by ExclusiveLawns
7 3,824
» Popular Tags
apartment become an entrepreneur best mower be your own boss bidding break business business education business help business management complex contractor hacks contracts deck lift dethatcher edging entrepreneur entrepreneur education estimate estimates fuel problems fuel pump half moon blade intro introduction jjandm lawncare l.t.rich landscape landscape design landscaping landscaping design company landscaping richmond va landscping lawn lawncare lawnservice lowering grade marketing mulch planting raising grade residential lawn care richmond va richmond virginia lawn care safety scag snowblower snow plowing snow shovel sprayer start a business start a lawn care business start business start up toro timecutter townhome tree tree service video web design websites what to charge work from home z-max z-spray
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:55 PM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:55 PM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy