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post #1 of Old 01-14-2008, 03:27 PM Thread Starter
 
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Question Hampton Roads .45 sq ft.

Hello all,

I've recently started ppc in the Hampton Roads area. Talking to some of the contractors and builders i've found out that it's hard to get a cleaning contractor to actually show up when he's supposed to if they ever even answer the phone in the first place. Then it turns out that most of them only do interiors. I did some homework and figured everything out the best that i could. Ok, if i clean the interior, ( rough and final ) as well as pressure wash the outside, ( this may include acid washing the masonry ) and tidy up the landscaping....would it be too low to go with .45 sq.ft. ? This will be for residential projects at first. I've already got some work and it seemes pretty promising..............thanks in advance for the help.

>>this may be with windows included ( with waiver ) what do you vets think ?




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post #2 of Old 01-15-2008, 11:04 AM
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Hey there!

I just wanted to welcome you to the forum. I, too, am from Hampton Roads. I do residential only though...I wish I could answer your question! If I come up with any leads, I will be sure to send them your way.

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Thanks a lot... I would like to go with more of a commercial scale operations so if i get any residential work needed, i will surely drop you a line. Will you come to williamsburg??


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Yes I actually have a couple of regular clients in Williamsburg. I go as far as Moyock, NC to Va Beach to Williamsburg. Our service area is HUGE! I would love to network with you and help one another. Thanks for the consideration.

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I can only answer on the pressure washing portion. What exactly would you be washing? When you say acid wash masonry, are you talking about green concrete pours, cleanup of brick mortar smears, stucco cleaning etc?

I understand where you are trying to go with offering extensive service but do you have experience in any of the services you are planning tom offer? You may be spreading yourself thin. What type of equipment do you have for the pressure washing side? Do you ralize that using acid without the right technique could burn a substrate or ruin a new concrete pour?

If you really have any hope of sustaining a business in exterior work you are going to have to target a bill rate of about $100 per hour. To give you an idea on say a vinyl housewash, if you have the right equipment, chemicals and techniques you should be able to complete a 2500 s/f two story house in under 2.5 hours. For a job that size I would get aprroximately $500. My business is located in Philadelphia. The lowest I have heard a legitimate contractor charging for a house wash that size is $250.

You are going to find that if you undercharge in the beginning in order to get work, you will quickly go broke, have a very unloyal customer base and be busy for the sake of being busy. I don't mean to sound harsh or judging. Everyone has to start somewhere but I have seen so many companies come and go and their stories are always very similar. I'd like to see you succeed by doing things right from Jump Street.

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