Can you make any money in the pressure washing business?

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    K S

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    Who are your best clients?

    What do your charge?

    What is your production rate?

    What are good upsells for pressure washing?
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    LOL "pressuer" that's french for pressure if your wondering
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    I have no idea because it is way too hot for me to even consider this type of work.
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    Well jamark is smarter than the rest of us put together and he has the ultimate business savvy and skills, and he does pressure washing, so I'd say once you add it on as a service you are guaranteed to be a multi-millionaire. It's like a free lottery ticket that anybody can buy.
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    I just landed a local popular restaurant who wants a concrete sidewalk cleaned once a month. I said 135. Did the first cleaning Tues night and now I got all the carpet and tile inside off of it. I'm new to this type of cleaning but I just used my T&G stuff and it came out great.

    Another guy was using a pressure washer and a wire brush but never got it out as good.

    I think it's a good in to other services but maybe not the other way around
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    Will say more when I have more time.
    It is a untapped niche and pays great but not enough work for me to stay busy full time.
    Drew
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    Show me HOODS! Number 1 answer. I have heard some things. Not uncommon for 1-2k for nice size restaurant.
    I know someone on here does hoods. Jump in.
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    Yes, one $150 pressure washing job would be $5,343,232 after investing for 500 years...give me your email and I will send you something that blows your mind! lol


    PS: you mom blows
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    Never thought of that...I do remember paying about $800-$1,000 every 4 months to have my ovens cleaned when I owned a couple pizza restuarants
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    Funny I never even thought of home exteriors when I think of pressure washing I just think of sidewalks and parking lots...I don't see that many people having their homes cleaned on the outside around here...it that more of a Sears siding type of service?
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    I do pressure washing as an add on service. Most of the pressure washing I do is driveways, sidewalks, patios, garages, etc. I have cleaned concrete, cool deck, pebble tech driveways, and one time even a stucco house a customer asked me to pressure wash in preparation for him getting ready to paint it. I am sure you have a lot of stucco homes down there too, be careful about too much pressure on stucco.

    I have always used my truckmount to pressure wash but have been considering buying a pressure washer.

    I charge .25 a square foot for concrete cleaning and can do $200-$300 per hour. Most of my concrete / pressure washing jobs are garages and driveways, I can clean an average 2 car garage and driveway in 45 minutes to an hour usually costing $200 to $300, sometimes I just do one or the other so the time and cost are half.

    If a house is vacant and for sale cleaning the driveway makes the whole appearance of the house look cleaner which is a benefit for the seller and may even increase the value and sale price of the home.

    If you are cleaning the carpet in the house and you show the customer how dirty the carpet is where they come in from the garage you can use this as a sales aid to upsell a garage floor cleaning. Ever notice how the traffic area coming in from the garage is always dirtier than the traffic area coming in the front door even if they use the front door more than the garage entry? You are already all set up to clean the carpet, if you have a pressure washing gun with the proper quick connect all you have to do is change the tool and go to work. Tilemaster and a quick scrub with a 175 will make the cleaning faster and yield better results than just pressure washing alone.
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    The biggest problem with carpet cleaning is any idiots thing he can do it. It's worse with pressure washing. Everybody's got a little electric at minimum. or they have the maintenance guy do it.Or they run to HD and rent one. So on and so forth. Thats why I say hoods cause you dont have as much competition. Although there is more than you think it's not something a company would hire out to a guy with a rented machine. Not for long anyways.
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    Dont forget the surface cleaner, so you don't get it everywhere
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    Last year I almost picked up a chain of fast food joints on accident (my friend sold then stuff and new a guy) to pressure wash their sidewalks and trash cans out like once a month a every store, it was gonna keep a guy busy in a trailer setup I had planned for three days a week every week!

    But it fell thru to a national deal or something, I never even bid it, the price they offered was great.
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    If you are going to look into concrete cleaning (driveways, sidewalks,etc.) I would look into a Hyper Turbo from TurboForce. They are a much better suited tool for concrete versus a spray gun. JMO. I have one and it works far better. A Turbo Hybrid will do the job but you are going to wear the bottom side out fast if you start doing alot of work.
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    Pressure Washers have versions of the Turbo Hybrid that are SO much bigger. Find a distributor, and start asking questions. I think you're going to be surprised at how much money you will spend in order to get a quality setup, though.
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    I do agree that you can get a good pressure washer but like you said you are going to spend some BIG bucks just to do it. That is why I mentioned the Hyper Turbo. Under a grand for the tool versus how much for a complete system. Granted you current system needs to be able to put out some good P.S.I.
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    Here in PA with the climate and tall shading trees, my power washing days are Tuesday and Thursday from early spring to mid fall. Almost all of our homes are siding here along with concrete or paver walk ways. I average 2-3 power washing jobs in one day and my average take home is $800-$1200.

    A couple of things. Power washing is far dirtier of a job then carpet cleaning, but is less physical work. Even more so then CC, the right equipment is essential to cutting down time. I have a midrange setup, one guy here in town has 20 GPM heated machines and with a crew of two, blow through a house in an hour.

    People seem to appreciate PW much more then CC, because its an exterior visual thing, people are embarrassed by how there home looks on the exterior.

    Most important though, is that its such a visual job, people see what you are doing, so its not uncommon to schedule several jobs in one neighborhood after you are done cleaning.If you power wash on Saturday, forget about getting work done, you will be stopped every 15 minutes!
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    When I first started my business, back before television, I did windows and pressure washing, along with CC. I did a ton of it because I had a really good postcard and telemarketing system set up to get new work. As things grew, I quit pushing window cleaning and then slowly let the pressure washing die. As I look back on it, I think I let the pressure washing die for lack of good equipment. It's a pita to deal with cleaning driveways and sidewalks all day long, in the hot Alabama humidity, using a 2500 psi, cold water, pressure washer!

    A couple years ago, I saw a thread much like this that got me to thinking about getting back into that business and so I started looking around on the net for pressure washing distributors. Do you know, I couldn't find any? I assumed that business would be set-up similar to ours ... I mean, SOMEBODY has to supply the tools, equipment and chemicals to the end users. All I could find were on-line, national, sales companies that you had to mail order from. I guess you had to install yourself?

    Now that my son is working with me more, I need to step things up to keep his crumb-snatching ass busy, so I may need to look into that a bit further.
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