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kid-with-a-washer

12:00PM | 01/04/04
Member Since: 01/03/04
1 lifetime posts
Bvlawn
well...i have recently come into owning a powerwasher and would love to start it into a business...but honestly i have no idea how to charge...if anyone out there could help me by stating a fair rate it would be very helpful
thanks
matt

Altereagle

06:36AM | 01/07/04
Member Since: 12/27/02
543 lifetime posts
Since it varys widely across the country that is a hard one to answer.

If you are starting out why don't you try a cost plus approach until you find what would be a good profit margin.

For example perhaps 25/hr in your area is not too high, make out a contract that states you'll be paid your hourly rate plus any materials you supply. Make sure to put in there that you are not resposible for existing conditions! Say if you're cleaning siding & hit a rotten board, it's best to have it in writing that you can't be held liable for replacing that board.

Once you get the feel of how long it will take for various projects you'll be able to get that down to a sq ft cost you'll be able to quote & use.

Another idea is to call around with say a 10x10 deck and ask what the others in your area would charge to clean it for restaining?

retisin

03:29PM | 01/07/04
Member Since: 05/19/03
457 lifetime posts
You need ladders,planks,scaffolding,ladder jacks,liability insurance what if your washer bounced down the stairs and hit their new truck,freak accidents do and will happen.You won't need ladders if you only do ground level decks,but most decks come off from support beams and are higher up so then how do you get the outside railings.We do alot of washing check out the homes we do http://pictureperfectpainting.20m.com/
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