Why don't you offer window cleaning?

Why don't you offer window cleaning as an add-on?

  • I only do commercial.

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • I don't like making more money per job.

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • The window cleaner need money. Let him take my PW jobs.

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • I like it when customers complain that their windows aren't clean enough.

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    5
  • Poll closed .

Scott Stone

New member
I just had a bid come across my desk. 58 buildings, spread over about 100 mile drive, every building had at least 70 windows. Some had up to 500 windows, inside and out. To top it off, there were at least 4 or 5 glass walls about 40 feet high by 40 to 50 feet wide. It was crazy. Some of the windows were 3rd story windows. The winning bid on an annualized basis, was $13,000 for the year. I calculated that they were doing about 18,000 windows with many of them 13 feet tall, with some interior for that price.
All told, I do not think that it is worth the time and effort to clean windows for the money that window cleaners charge.
 

Thad

WCR Sales & Founder PWRA
Whoever "won" that bid deserves what's coming to them.
Didn't you say that there are sun screens on some of the windows? Craziness.

I would venture to say that there are at least as many lowballers in window cleaning as there are in pressure washing and roof cleaning. Maybe even more, because of the low startup costs. Just like everything else, you have to find the people who are willing to pay for professionalism.

I used to pull my hair out over lowballers. Now I just laugh and look for the next prospect. I don't have to win 'em all- just the ones who value what I have to offer.
 

Josh_Cronin

New member
I agree with you Ron. Not just because of flat work dirtying ground level windows, but they are a great segway for each other.
 

dbgpowerwash

New member
So what do most people charge for commercial windows? Do you clean them at the same time as they are pressure washed or send someone out the next day? I have tried to get into window washing but even at $1 a pane every one said I was way too high...
 

Ron Musgraves

Exterior Restoration Specialist
Staff member
So what do most people charge for commercial windows? Do you clean them at the same time as they are pressure washed or send someone out the next day? I have tried to get into window washing but even at $1 a pane every one said I was way too high...

Adam prices will vary based on Maint package.

If your washing a center once a month it could be done cheaper.

1.00 a panel is not cheap.

Reality guys wash cars for less

Some wash carts for half of that.

Be ready to expect less.

Understand you may not be able to match price. There's a learning curve. You have to obtain the skill to compete.


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apple

Moderator
Those are crazy prices!

I've got a 90 day window cleaning price to turn in next week and have to figure out where to start. I've used a local window cleaner/interior cleaner to clean some windows for me in the past and am amazed at how little she charges. I may let her do these.

I guess the fuel bill is low on a squeegee.
 

Ron Musgraves

Exterior Restoration Specialist
Staff member
Most window guys brag about 30 an hour


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starbrite

New member
Ron, $30 an hour? I have two man crews and I expect no less the $50 per hour, per man out of them, $65 if they are doing only contemporary (non paned)
 

Ron Musgraves

Exterior Restoration Specialist
Staff member
Ron, $30 an hour? I have two man crews and I expect no less the $50 per hour, per man out of them, $65 if they are doing only contemporary (non paned)

I didn't say you or me. I see most window cleaners bragging about 30
 

Gary Mauer

New member
Ron,
Where do find window cleaners brag about $30/hour?
On the street?
I don't see any such bragging on forums I've been involved in.
 

Gary Mauer

New member
Actually - there are a lot of them happy to work cheap - but onine people are mostly bitching about lowballers.
It's just not really conducive to bragging.
 

mistersqueegee

New member
The storefront guys are happy with $30 and hour since they usually have many jobs in the same stripmall. The hardest part is that to do storefront work requires about a $50 investment and you make that back easily in the first day. The low overhead means that market is glutted with new guys who aren't aware of what is involved in running a business long term.
 

WASH-IT H.B.

New member
How can you do a house wash and not clean the windows.?? if you don't do windows IMHO you are doing half a job. My customers love the fact that I do windows as a matter of course. I do a whole wash job. If I squeegee the windows THEN that is an extra and I only squeegee the ground floor windows.
 

danwagner

New member
The storefront guys are happy with $30 and hour since they usually have many jobs in the same stripmall. The hardest part is that to do storefront work requires about a $50 investment and you make that back easily in the first day. The low overhead means that market is glutted with new guys who aren't aware of what is involved in running a business long term.
That's one of the main reasons I don't chase mall jobs anymore. I'll take Main St. and main highways any day.
 

Ron Musgraves

Exterior Restoration Specialist
Staff member
How can you do a house wash and not clean the windows.?? if you don't do windows IMHO you are doing half a job. My customers love the fact that I do windows as a matter of course. I do a whole wash job. If I squeegee the windows THEN that is an extra and I only squeegee the ground floor windows.

That's great


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Andy Hinson

New member
I dont do them because growing up I cleaned windows with cleaner and newspaper. Thats not enough anymore.
I dont have to get on a ladder 99% of the time washing houses.
Most homes we clean have screens on them. They dont want to take the time to get them off and I dont want to go in the home to do it.
The windows would be expected to be spotless everywhere and would take much longer than washing a home.
I just cant figure how it could be profitable.
 
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