Residential… but I want more commercial.
I do mostly residential now, and I want more residential!
I like the commercial I have, though.
There are benefits to storefront that are often overlooked.
- simple work
- cleaner windows (windows haven’t been dirty for years)
- 52 weeks a year work - no starving for cash in the winter
- easier scheduling for employees
- customer usually doesn’t expect perfection - although that’s no excuse to cut corners - but it’s easier to work with customers like that.
I want more storefront and simple commercial, but it has to be well-priced. So far $60/hour I get over an 8 hour day including breaks and lunch. I’d like to get $80-$100 as I develop my new business.
Mike those are the exact reasons I want more.
I find that it differs here:
Not simple work -too many obstacles with inside & outside cleaning. The windows are usually hand prints only on the outside but fly deposits on the inside. And its not year round - seasonal only. There are too many holidays (fiestas) here to make a decent schedule. These shops are the first to be targeted by cowboy window cleaners trying to get there foot on the ladder & undercharging. You can only clean in working hours. There are no areas to park.
He said Cowboy Window Cleaners…
Hey, sorry if I offended - that’s what we call them here. Yee-hah.
(Is this a case of “lost in translation?”)
Naah… just found it humorous…
Just because I live in Oklahoma doesn’t mean I am a cowboy.
and yes… we do drive cars here.
(When I first moved here I thought everyone was going to be on a horse and buggy. :D)
When I moved here…all the reports were true.
I do mostly residential right now. I’m selling the commercial I have and am concentrating on doubling my once a month house route. The houses take less time overall and have a higher value. I recently signed a contract w/ Merry Maids in my area to do all their window cleaning so that will expand my resi base as well.