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post #1 of Old 06-18-2011, 01:25 PM Thread Starter
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Does anyone here use calculators to estimate jobs? I see some sites online offering them, but I do not want to sign up with crazy monthly rates.
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i seen one on anothr site that the guy sells and ther aint any month fees.
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i seen one on anothr site that the guy sells and ther aint any month fees.
Could you point me in that direction, please? I did more searching today and didn't find anything.

Do you do any residential cleaning Ranger? I watched a video on youTube today produced and posted by a 20 yr. old business in TX called Buckets & Bows. They have several videos and all were quite professional. Anyway, I came away with the impression that the company sends out an Estimator but the estimate might not be presented at the end of the walk-through...that the person doing the estimating left the prospects home and the formal estimate was presented later. Did I get the wrong impression?

The reason I ask is, I am wondering if I was to get an opportunity to bid on a home, must I present the price right then and there? I imagine that is how many independents do it. I can't see that happening on the commercial side. I would appreciate your thoughts Ranger, and the thoughts of any experienced cleaners. TIA
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Yeah, I've looked at a coupe different sites. Usually get what you pay for though. check out bidcleangrow.com. You do pay on that one but at least you get something that works and is presentable. paying for a quote tool is better than taking a quote thats way off or that looks cheesy.
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Does anyone here use calculators to estimate jobs? I see some sites online offering them, but I do not want to sign up with crazy monthly rates.
I officially became a nerd in 1962 when I took my first computer class. I have been known to spend hours writing code to save a few minutes work.

But I'm not to sure about anything but a four function calculator, a printed form, and a pencil for something like this.
To be comprehensive a program would have to have a lot of bells and whistles and you might spend so much time with check boxes, radio buttons and numbers that you ignore the customer and that black mold reaching down from the ceiling for you.

Experience will make you the best judge of a job and paying attention to the customer will get it for you.
You can always ask if they want a formal written proposal or is your worksheet good enough.

Note that you have asked a "closed" question. "Do you want A or B" as opposed to an open one "What do you want to do?" and you have assumed they will use you.

I sold a lot of computers with this technique, learned in a professional sales course.
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Thanks Mike. I will forgo the fancy estimating calculator and just ask if they want the standard package or the deluxe package.
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I have recently added commercial cleaning to my business but unsure of what the rates are per square foot in my area. i live in Massachusetts in a rural area. can anyone tell me what these rates are?
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The reason I ask is, I am wondering if I was to get an opportunity to bid on a home, must I present the price right then and there? I imagine that is how many independents do it. I can't see that happening on the commercial side. I would appreciate your thoughts Ranger, and the thoughts of any experienced cleaners. TIA
Pressure washing jobs vary in size and value dramatically, so we leave it up to our estimators to make the decision whether or not to give pricing and close the deal at the time of the bid. Most often we prefer to send over a professional, formal proposal, but sometimes it just isn't necessary. Our estimators can call the numbers and scope of work into the office and an estimate can be generated and emailed over to the customer in as little as 10 minutes. That kind of professionalism can go a long way with some customers. But every customer is different, so our estimators have the flexibility to make the decision at the time of the bid. Other customers may just want to look someone in the eye, get a price, and close the deal with a handshake.
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Does anyone here use calculators to estimate jobs? I see some sites online offering them, but I do not want to sign up with crazy monthly rates.
I use estimate calculator on my saveonclean.com website. It is very convenient and it is free.
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Could you point me in that direction, please? I did more searching today and didn't find anything.

Do you do any residential cleaning Ranger? I watched a video on youTube today produced and posted by a 20 yr. old business in TX called Buckets & Bows. They have several videos and all were quite professional. Anyway, I came away with the impression that the company sends out an Estimator but the estimate might not be presented at the end of the walk-through...that the person doing the estimating left the prospects home and the formal estimate was presented later. Did I get the wrong impression?

The reason I ask is, I am wondering if I was to get an opportunity to bid on a home, must I present the price right then and there? I imagine that is how many independents do it. I can't see that happening on the commercial side. I would appreciate your thoughts Ranger, and the thoughts of any experienced cleaners. TIA
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I have a cost estimator calculator on my website and it was free. All you have to know is a little HTML and copy and paste and edit it to fit your needs. Let me know and I will be glad to send you the code.

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I have a cost estimator calculator on my website and it was free. All you have to know is a little HTML and copy and paste and edit it to fit your needs. Let me know and I will be glad to send you the code.
Your mobile site is awesome. Did you do that yourself? It looks like one of those online services did it. I want one but I want to build it myself.
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Your mobile site is awesome. Did you do that yourself? It looks like one of those online services did it. I want one but I want to build it myself.
Thanks! I used the template from my hosting site, but I edited and made my graphics and HTML coding for my pages. The mobile site thing was something that was added in since I am paying for a the premium service. Which is having templates, no advertising etc. I use webs.com and it's like ten bucks a month. I've been pleased so far and they are pretty user friendly.

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Thanks! I used the template from my hosting site, but I edited and made my graphics and HTML coding for my pages. The mobile site thing was something that was added in since I am paying for a the premium service. Which is having templates, no advertising etc. I use webs.com and it's like ten bucks a month. I've been pleased so far and they are pretty user friendly.
You did veey well with it. Did u see my site? I can host as many sites as u want for only about $7 a month. Using phone right mow and it tockin me off I will send u message tomorrow
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Hi SaveOnClean,

I love your website and estimate calculator and would like to add on to our website like yours. I notice d in a post you made, that you would not mind sharing the HTML code to add it to websites. Could I get the code from you?

Thank you in advance.
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Pressure washing jobs vary in size and value dramatically, so we leave it up to our estimators to make the decision whether or not to give pricing and close the deal at the time of the bid. Most often we prefer to send over a professional, formal proposal, but sometimes it just isn't necessary. Our estimators can call the numbers and scope of work into the office and an estimate can be generated and emailed over to the customer in as little as 10 minutes. That kind of professionalism can go a long way with some customers. But every customer is different, so our estimators have the flexibility to make the decision at the time of the bid. Other customers may just want to look someone in the eye, get a price, and close the deal with a handshake.
This is exactly what we do, too.
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I've been looking at threads on multiple forums about calculators and the consensus is you don't get what you pay for: there are some staggeringly bloated, hard to use things at the top end of the scale. And there are some slick tools that are free. But there is really no replacement for experience. If you want a software solution, when it was last updated is going to be more important than how much it costs or how many people use it. A lot of people get locked in to bad solutions (look at Windows software!).
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I had a custom piece of software built for our business!
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Hi Laura, I am interested with the cost estimator calculator to put on my website too. Can I get the code from you also.
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