There are a ton of pricing threads but this is the most current RESIDENTIAL ONLY!


#61

For a single hung inside/outside I have been charging $16, that’s with cleaning the frames, wiping down the tracks, and a quick wipe around the outside frame of the screen.
For my casement windows it’s $8 for both inside/outside
And for my patio doors it’s $8 for both inside/outside also because I count that as one window and I don’t clean the tracks.
So a 30/outsides would be $120
And 30/ outside+insides would be $240
I want to get a screen cleaner this next season so I would charge $2 bucks extra.
My goal is $200 a day with either storefront work or homes. Doing a house everyday would be nice. That would mean two houses at about 6/7 hrs (no wfp) and a single worker is a good day.


#62

$5/pane in&out for all panes sizes (large ones average out the small ones)
$1/screen
$1/track
or… $6/pane including screen and basic track cleaning (what I call my “deluxe package” - majority of cleanings)
Interior ladderwork: additional $5/pane
Ext only: total x 65%


#63

Hey Jarred,

It’s inspiring to hear you’re doing so well as a buddy and myself are just starting out.
Do you include screens and tracks in your pricing as a package or charge seperate?

Thanks


#64

That pic makes it so easy for me. One question though. I am brand new to this and want to go bid residential soon. Is there a video or anything that can help know what things like tracks, sills, jambs etc are? I noticed alot of people charge more for cleaning those parts. I am guessing the tracks are what the window sits in and it is expose when window is open.


#65

Google, parts of a window.


#66

@Jonathan31,.
the glass is the easy part. Residential ususally requires cleaning of the screens, sill (the slanted area at the base beyond the glass). The frames are on either side of the sill and the guide the windows. The bottom of the frames are usually filthy I, too am new, and I price windows on how long I estimate they will take me to clean @ $50 per hour. I have learned a great deal by watching YouTube vids by @lukethewindowcleaner and @Bubble_Guy. Both give generously of their knowledge and experience

Good luck! Also, consider becoming a HomeAdvisor Pro and consider entering the pressure washing business. The two disciplines make one hell of a business.


#67

How much would you guys charge for these 2 windows outside only? I charged $16 for exterior only on those. So I guess if we are doing by pane it’s $4 a pane?


#68

Over the years I have arrived at a price for anything we clean. Each " Thing " is called a unit. There is a unit price for everything. There is some room for tweaking the total job price, but historically when I apply these unit prices it pretty much hits my goal ( Or hourly rate per man hour ). These units prices convert into a Min of $ 65.00 per hour gross income. And yes, this is for a company running with overhead and payroll taxes, insurance, etc.

Even if we do not clean a screen and only have to remove it and replace it - that is a unit and we get paid for it. A grid inside, removed and replaced as opposed to a window with no Muntin Bars is a unit that we charge for and so on…

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#69

I always go look at the house, many things to take into account -
how dirty the windows are ( do you have to steel wool everything or just splash and dash?)

How high? A set of French panes you can reach with a 2’ stool or fully extended 28’?

Maybe someone did a mediocre construction clean and you will be doing almost a construction clean, silicone, etc.

Perhaps siding just got painted and there’s over spray…

Maybe it’s old Pellas from the early eighties that you have to break down to clean all four surfaces…

All houses in my area are unique, all custom built, I have to se it to bid it.


#70

I agree Valex


#71

We do not bid residential jobs, it could take an hour to bid a job or longer we can not fluff that into our pricing as we do not have a full time salesman. A potential time and money waster in our industry imo, with some of the largest residential jobs being only a couple thousand a year. A waste of time especially if they will decline the service.

We break down pricing per pane. We have a starting price per pane and discount for interior and exterior. We charge more for large windows, extra dirty windows, hard to reach windows or that are high up, and we will occasionly discount panes like french windows that have multiple small panes.

We pre qualify over the telephone before we give out pricing we must collect all your information, job address, billing address, full name, email address and phone number. If they are unwilling to provide the information we simply tell them we cannot help them. Once we have collected the information required to serviceo them, then we discuss the pricing per pane and how it can increase based on variables (if they care).

If they agree to the pricing, then we tell them we will count the window panes upon arrival before we begin and most of the time this works. However, it’s not perfect issues arise usually because the person is being difficult or they want to count windows on the phone. I usually wait for a chance to stop them because it’s a waste of time to count windows over the phone and we would rather reason with a prospect. Example, if they have 30 or 40 panes to multiply and give them a rough estimate to the nearest hundred out two hundred dollars. If that price sounds good, sort of thing, that’s the pre qualification process.

Most customers worth gaining won’t sweat $100 as residential window cleaning is sold as a luxury in the Untied States. As such, it’s our model to charge accordingly and give more then expected also we have an excellent reputation and referrals. So we can point to this as a reason for them not sweating price. Usually I may say something like, “give us a try for the price we will give upon arrival” (based on a per pane estimate over the phone). Then I may include “if they are unhappy afterwards then they know they can try someone else next time”, or if they are happy, we have a customer worth our energy. To build our company around these appreciative understanding clients, allows us to stay great because we have great clients.


#72

Well, I give estimates in person only. No phone guesstimates, no x is our window price.

I deal with wealthy people in residential, and many of them have likely been taken advantage of after someone sees their house/cars/stuff inside. A 100 dollar difference, would upset many of them. They’d think I was trying to take advantage of them.

So for me, it isn’t about wasting time, it’s about building trust, having good Rappaport, and showing my professionalism. You just never know what the situation IS until you show up and actually look at the job at hand.

If you are doing good your way, great for you. Not everyone can operate that way.


#73

I think driving to every residential estimate for a solo guy is common. Once you get past that solo operation its just an added expense that’s not necessary. By this time uou have been established long enough to possibly generate a price per window That works in 95% or more of situations. We all know it’s not rocket science and the slightest deviation, obstacle doesn’t involve that much more time. If it does, you adjust on reclean price.

I can’t imagine driving to that many residentials each week, It would add too many man hours


#74

Once your a skilled business owner and a skilled window tech (solo guy) it is still an added expense that is not necessary in most cases.

“Learn your trade and learn your price then enjoy the ride”


#75

I’m with you on this. Most of my residential is high end lake homes. The window layouts are complicated and hard to explain to a customer.

Truthfully, for what I’m going to charge them, a personal visit is the least I can do.

Consider the following pic - how would you tell a customer to count this? And mind you, the entire mansion was laid out like this.


So, is it 17 windows? Two windows? In all, there was over 420 individual panes like this over the entire house.

Many of my customers are just like this. If I don’t have the means or time to lay eyes on the house, I usually pass on it altogether.


#76

So many times when I look at a place that the customer tried to convey over the phone how many windows and how much do I charge - when I get there I’m like - um, yea, you either lied over the phone or you have no clue as to work involved. I’ll stick with my onsite quote and go from there. I usually do those on non-billable hours anyway, so it never takes away from billable hours. I also work within a 30 minute drive too. Only rare occasion does travel time go beyond 30 minutes one way, and beyond that are understood as ballpark and qualify to spend that much before I go out.


#77

I don’t think being solo or having a salesperson is really the answer.

For my business, and others, it’s about giving the time necessary for the client. I aim to be accurate, professional and thorough. If I am to charge a premium price, they should get a premium service.
Most of the time I deal with owners, sometimes it’s property managers. In either case, they expect me to bid the job, not take a guess. I’m sure some of them are looking to price shop, some want to know they are getting what they pay for.

I like volume, but quality clients are most important. After the initial estimate, there is rarely a reason to be there to rebid. So what’s the big deal with investing a little time in a client? We can all talk about acquisition costs of clients, but I consider my time on a bid, as part of that cost. Sure seems to close the deal much better than postcards, adwords, or any other form of marketing. Those forms of marketing only get the phone ringing, I don’t consider them “deal closers”.


#78

With you and Rich on this one :+1: well said


#79

what happened to the national avg. price that use to be on the site in previous years ? @Chris


#80

Being solo means you’re going to be doing less bids then a guy with 4 employees and is more likely to be able to absorb that time where a company doing more business has a higher volume of bids on a daily basis.

Solo guy also, in general is less experienced and doesnt have a successful, workable formula per window. It takes time to develop. This statement is likely to cause controversy, what is meant is many dont stay solo very long, they see the value of at least a helper.

When you have such a high volume of bids you have to make choices. The most efficient for any size company would be to design a successful, workable formula in which to bid from.

Highend homes in my area are $1000-$2000 per cleaning and dont want a solo company taking 2 days to complete. Need employees or they are turnef off.