So what can you make as a window cleaner?
Yet window cleaning can generate an excellent income for people who are prepared to work consistently and well and are disciplined about putting in the hours and looking for new customers.
Recommendation is a powerful sales tool for a reliable and effective window cleaner who is pleasant to everybody and smiles a lot.
So how much can a window cleaner earn? In these times of austerity, with thousands of public sector employees likely to be out of work, is window cleaning a sensible alternative to full-time employment?
Two alternative markets Window cleaners fall into two distinct groups, domestic window cleaners and commercial window cleaners. Commercial window cleaning needs a lot more investment at the outset than domestic window cleaning, but commercial window cleaners can charge a good bit more per hour, because their overheads – mainly the cost of their equipment – has to be covered. There is no reason why somebody with very little money should not start as a domestic window cleaner, do well enough at that to accumulate some capital and then move into the commercial market.
Domestic Let’s start with domestic window cleaning. Most people in this sector need a small car or van, an aluminium A-frame ladder, and some smart work wear – overalls, several pairs of waterproof work gloves for cold days, maybe a cap or fleece hat for when the weather is showery or the wind is cold (or both). You will also need some really comfortable waterproof work shoes and fleece socks. You are going to be on your feet a lot! How you look is particularly important when you are knocking on doors to get customers.
When it comes to buying equipment, keep it simple at first. Spend as little as you can consistent with safety and the need to carry quite a lot of it around. The team at Window Cleaning Warehouse is used to fitting out new window cleaning businesses and will tell you what’s important and what can wait until you have got quite a few customers. They will make sure you have the right kind of bucket, with a built-in sieve and squeegee holder, cloths and squeegees of different lengths, complete with spare rubbers, and a multi-tool belt.
Typically, the basic equipment (excluding a second-hand van) will cost about £500.
You will need to practise window cleaning technique a lot to get to be able to clean all the windows of an average 3-bed semi in 15 – 20 minutes, which is what experienced window cleaners do – some can do it in ten minutes.There is useful advice and many demonstration videos that can be found on youtube.
Commercial It is broadly true that,because of the Working at Height regulations, commercial window cleaning can no longer be carried out using a ladder, although an extending aluminium ladder is unavoidably necessary for odd occasions. So, for commercial work, you need at least one extendable water-fed pole, some attachments to enable the pole to get a brush or squeegee around obstacles (take a close look at the superlative Unger gooseneck system) and a source of purified water.
Usually best in the early stages of building up a commercial business is one or more mobile pure water trolleys, like the various models Warrior water fed trolley systems.
As your business grows you may consider investing in a fully blown van mounted system.
On the other hand,hourly rates in commercial work are upwards of £40 per hour and typically about £50 per hour,because of the higher set-up and equipment costs,so there is the potential for substantially greater earnings and for expansion by reinvesting earnings in more operators.