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    When pricing my power washing curretly, I price around $75/hour and guess how long a job will take me. I then give the customer a price. I never tell them price/hour.
    Recently, I learned someone is pricing per sq. ft.
    I would like to know the best way to get power washing jobs. some big jobs the price is way too high and it scares the customer off. If there was a price per ft just give them that price and be done with it.

    Please advise.
    Thanks in advance for your help.

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    I actually do pressure washing by the hour too but charge $125 if they want quality and the job done right they will pay or else they can look for the cheapasses out there then complain about the crap work afterwards, god knows there is plenty of that here in america

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    $75 = .75 a sq ft . We have a min of two hours.

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    I'm intrested in this too. Our company is starting to add pressure washing as an add on and we need to come up with a good pricing strategy. I found this pricing guide online in a few different spots. Is this a fair guide or is this outdated?

    I found this stuff from this website:

    Pressure Washing Prices & Rates - How Much To Charge Your Clients

    Residential Services
    Houses
    • $100 - $300 flat price
    • $0.50 - $2.00 per linear foot.
    • $0.08 - $.18 per Sq. Ft.
    Driveways & Sidewalks
    • $75 - $200 flat price
    • $.08 - $.15 per Sq.
    Roofs
    • Cedar Shake Roofs - $.60 - $.90 per Sq Ft.
    • Composition Roofs - $.10 - $.30 per Sq Ft.
    Mobile Homes
    • Single Wide - $40 - $55
    • Double Wide - $50 - $65
    Commercial Services
    New Construction
    • Remove Mortar Tags from New Brick - $.18 - $.30 per Sq. Ft.
    • Surface cleanup (wand spray down) - $.02 - .03 Sq. Ft.
    Parking Lots, Sidewalks & Drive-Thrus
    • Banks / Restaurant Drive-Thurs - $8 - $30 per lane.
    • Parking Lots, Garage Floors - $.03 - $.20 per Sq Ft.
    • Parking Spaces - $8 - $20 each

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    We charge $200+an hour, but we have more overhead than what the normal outfit does as well.

    I would not use that pricing sheet above. Some of those prices are low. For example a double wide. My friend lives in a 1800 sq ft double wide. You think I'm going to do it for $65?


    A question I have is this. Why are window cleaners and pressure washers so....lack of a better term...greedy? Why does window cleaners not team up with pressure washers and vice versa. Now I have a competitor that has just recently started washing. No harm, no foul, but he has forced me to get into window cleaning. Not something I really wanted to do, but if we want to play ball, I guess we will play ball.

    I could have advertised window cleaning and gave him the leads and we could of split $ and vice versa.

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    Don, I think I understand what you're saying. Still, I don't think it's always a case of being greedy. There may be a need for a company to diversify due to a slow economy or something else.
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    I don't disagree with you Dan. I do that with Holiday Lighting. Why, because we are slow and I want to keep my main guy going.

    But I think there comes a time when you can do so much. There is another guy that does pressure washing and window cleaning. He also does roofing, basement remodels, etc. Just kind of gets weird to me when you start trying to offer everything under the sun.

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    Agreed. (no pun intended!). Usually someone who's just trying to clean up 'because it is there' will offer quality far below what a dedicated pro is doing or it will spread him too thin unless he really has the resources to do it justice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by don m. View Post
    A question I have is this. Why are window cleaners and pressure washers so....lack of a better term...greedy?
    Greedy? I've added services as my customers request them from me.

    In my area, contractors are notorious for their tardiness, non-professional behavior, and leaving work incomplete.

    Why would I team with anyone whose work I am unable to confirm is up to the standards I set for my customers.
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    How I price a pressure washing job is determined by my equipment, the job, and the persons doing the work. If you have a hot water pressure washer with significant GPM then you should be able to do the job much quicker than someone else with only a cold water unit bought at home depot.. If you are using a surface cleaner you should be quicker than someone just using a wand. Over all the usual charge in my area is around $.10 per sqft which translate to $75 to $100 per hour depending on the person doing the work. If a job is really dirty that price per SqFt goes up to $.14.

    The best way to determine for yourself the right price is calculate what are your cost, what is the going rate in your area and what type of service you provide in relation to your competition. Are you quicker because you have better equipment? If so you should be able to charge more per hour but still be competitive in your bids. With the rising prices of diesel and gas its costing more and more to keep the PW going every hour. Determine your cost, determine what profit you want per hour, do a great job and damn the low ballers. :-)
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