Economy?


#1

How do you guys think the economy this year is going to effect our window cleaning sales.

I am hoping most of my clients are not effected by the economy and they will still shell out the money for there regular cleanings.

How do you guys feel?


#2

my clients are all in $500,000 - $5,000,000 homes, so I hope it doesn’t hit them to where they can’t shell out for the $300 - $1000 cleanings a couple times a year.


#3

How where you able to get into the 1+ million dollar homes being this is your first year full time?

The economy wont effect my residential at all since they still see the need for this service and the cost to them 2-3 times a year is not a big deal.

Commercial however may take a little hit as budgets will be evaluated and window cleaning is lowest priority. I dont expect it to really matter that much though, I would be able to recover the cost and time slot with a new customer.

So… not concerned really.


#4

Agreed 100%


#5

Glad to hear you guys saying what you are saying. I am getting started in June when I move my family to Florida. I have been getting a little nervous lately with all of the recession talk. Good to hear something positive from you guys that know the business.


#6

Are you starting your own business there? Did you previously own a business?


#7

[QUOTE=superior;3052]Commercial however may take a little hit as budgets will be evaluated and window cleaning is lowest priority.
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I don’t know about a blanket statement like that. Window cleaning is a priority to upperscale commercial. That which I focus on. If it’s a 5 and dime, then I would say it’s their lowest priority. Some of my customers are very particular about their windows.

Go after the better commercial. I think you will be pleased that they take their window cleaning seriously.

Here in Canada, we’re not yet expected to go in recession because of our commodity based economy. However anything is possible since we do tons of trade with U.S.


#8

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I don’t know about a blanket statement like that. Window cleaning is a priority to upperscale commercial. That which I focus on. If it’s a 5 and dime, then I would say it’s their lowest priority. Some of my customers are very particular about their windows.

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Thats why I said may effect commercial (not all), if your upperclass customer needs to cut some cost with janitorial will they cut the guy cleaning the bathrooms or the window washer? Seems easy enough to figure out.

Are you and Paneless in the same area? Must be different?


#9

No Paneless and I are in the same area. Why?


#10

Paneless had mentioned in [U]commercial high rise[/U] in your area there are alot of price shoppers and lack of quality required by the property managers.

Your posts seem to be different. Maybe you are talking about [U]commercial storefront[/U] when you post?

When I refer or see [U]commercial[/U] in a post I always think high rise as that is what I do.

If that makes sense…

Mikep, so what type of market do you service?


#11

I undertand. I clean storefront and low rise commercial (less than three stories). Perhaps that’s why were not on the same page.

I couldn’t comment on if there are a lot of price choppers for high rise. So I’d take Paneless’s word for it since he seems to have some of those jobs.


#12

When I first started they were the first ones I targeted. Follow the money.

Generally people who pay to have windows cleaned are the ones who are smart with money. The economy doesn’t affect spending because we all know the economy will rise again.

Peaks and Valleys… So is life.


#13

I see no problems for 2008


#14

Exactly!

There are literally 5,000 + homes between $500,000 and $10,000,000 within 5 miles of me.

Not a bad demographic huh!


#15

I think I just got a chubby thinkin’ about it.

yeah… sweet demographic…


#16

Not bad? The bad thing is I am moving there lol

That is what I call great demographics


#17

Go4dabukz, What I asked you previously about this post was how you were able to get into the 2+ million $ homes being your first year in business.

Because most start small as owner operated and might be intimidated by such a large house which they cant complete with one man in one day.

Did or do you take more than one day to clean any of these large homes?


#18

I about had a heart attack! Stay wherever you are! Florida right?

Did or do you take more than one day to clean any of these large homes?

I haven’t bid any of the jobs that would take me more than a day by myself. You might remember, that I don’t go fulltime until April. I’m just stating the demographic of what I’ll be working with.