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We added window washing for this year...Seems like it's getting some attention already...
I was just reading about that today. Is it just the outside windows? Are you making your own chemicals or using store bought brands? Whats the average going rate?


Hedge, you just realized that service???? The rest of us have been doing it for years!
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Well the name of my business is No More Chores and we take that to the extreme, somewhat. About the only things I don't do are sprinklers trees and gutters, those aren't chores.

But basically anything your wife ask you to do on your day off we got it covered.

I don't advertise window cleaning because I don't do it. But if I'm gonna have two people on a job site pressure washing for an annual estate care contract, the other one washes the windows. Why not? Makes the customer feel like they get more.

Something you probably can do but don't want to. I hate laying flagstone because I do it myself. I'm 22 but I still feel it for days. I advertise it but I only accept the jobs I want. Big jobs. Hire a couple guys knock it out get a check, warranty it for 12 months and go on about my business. Only if I have time.
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I was just reading about that today. Is it just the outside windows? Are you making your own chemicals or using store bought brands? Whats the average going rate?


Hedge, you just realized that service???? The rest of us have been doing it for years!
I'm talking the outside of the windows, we use the normal store bought products for now, There may be other options out there but this is new for us and still learning...

Price depends on the size, from what I see others charging, it ranges from $10 to $25 per window...
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I'm talking the outside of the windows, we use the normal store bought products for now, There may be other options out there but this is new for us and still learning...

Price depends on the size, from what I see others charging, it ranges from $10 to $25 per window...
One of my friends uncles does only window washing. He made a living doing it. Its something I thought of but wasnt sure what the market was.

With pressure washing we always wash the exterior windows. Partly because the residue from the cleaning chemicals would be left.
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One of my friends uncles does only window washing. He made a living doing it. Its something I thought of but wasnt sure what the market was.

With pressure washing we always wash the exterior windows. Partly because the residue from the cleaning chemicals would be left.
I've heard of others doing line items for each service they do. Could you do it for pressure washing a house and window cleaning?

Say a customer pays $200 for a pressure cleaning, and you explain the windows will get wet but not cleaned. You offer window cleaning at $10 a window. Would that be something they would go for?

This is exactly the kind of stuff I was looking for.
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That's a good add on to the power washing because you should never hit a window with pressure from a washer, your asking for big problems if you do...I would watch stating the $10 amount until you actually see the size of the windows though....
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That's a good add on to the power washing because you should never hit a window with pressure from a washer, your asking for big problems if you do...I would watch stating the $10 amount until you actually see the size of the windows though....
Oh I've got a ways to go before price points! I want to research as much as I can. Theres a guy who lives near me who runs a company. He offered to take me out for a day to show me some things, of course i said yes!

Thanks a bunch for all the help! I think i came up with the extra services i want to do!
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What are your thoughts of these different services? Are you wanting to offer more or are you doing it to get as much business as you can when you move. Will you then scale it back to the services you offer now or do you want to expand and offer more services in general?
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What are your thoughts of these different services? Are you wanting to offer more or are you doing it to get as much business as you can when you move. Will you then scale it back to the services you offer now or do you want to expand and offer more services in general?
I think catering to homeowners is a great business. There are always people out there who would rather pay, or just don't have time. I think offering too many services makes it harder to advertise....but if a customer asks, and you know you can do it, then say yes!!

The reason to expand into another field is so all my eggs are not in one basket. I feel mowing and landscaping can be a nice profit, but theres other services that may be higher profits. There is a lot of expenses that come into mowing, and equipment costs are high. Spending $10K on a mower to mow a $40 lawn....you get the idea. The thing I like the most about mowing is it's consistent. But what if there are other business' out there to tie into lawncare?

Once the move is complete (its a GIANT pita!!) I plan to look at landscaping and low pressure washing. I'd add another trailer and truck with all the equipment needed. We'd offer roof cleaning, gutter cleaning, window cleaning, house washing, and power washing.

Profit margins are higher when offering those, and mixing with the consistent mowing schedules I think could be a great business. The thing I like the most is there is an investment to go to these things, therefore eliminating a lot of "would be" lowballers.

I don't want to scale back any of my services, but the goal is to expand to offer more.
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