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adding power washing to landscape services

Discussion in 'Power Washing' started by csl, Apr 7, 2008.

  1. csl

    csl LawnSite Member
    Posts: 235

    hey everyone, we decided to add power washing to our landscape services this year, and are praying for the best.
    as a newbie, any info from the pros would surely be appreciated.
    we have done a lot of research, mostly from previous threads and local supplier, but again, the most we ever usually wash is steets and walks when we finish landscaping.
    what have been the most successful ways of advertising/ leads.
    are most of you have extensive paperwork signed prior to the job to make sure to cover all legalities? (i.e damage etc.)
    best ways for bredking down costs of jobs, etc.

    ths is is just a start, but any info would be greatly appreciated.
    we are purchasing a new cold water hotsy 4 gpm/3500 psi, and a hot water hotsy 3 gpm machine. thanks for the help!
  2. nobagger

    nobagger LawnSite Gold Member
    from Pa
    Posts: 3,065

    We offer it but I dont push it. I'm sure if you pushed it you would do well. The few times we did it for a few customers we did pretty well. I think one job was about 160 bucks and took me all of maybe an hour and a half from unload to driving away. Maybe I should start pushing it again,lol. Plus it was nice and cool in the heat of day.
  3. csl

    csl LawnSite Member
    Posts: 235

    yeah, thanks for the input. i just want to make sure that when i dump a bunch of money into this that it turns out well. when we fisrt started landscaping we made mistakes, like everyone, but nothing to costly. i just want to be sure we cover all our bases, but do it in a timely matter. and with homeowners so easy to aggravate, i dont want to break even to make some old hag happy.
  4. Don M.

    Don M. LawnSite Member
    Posts: 90

    First, your wasting your time with a 4 gpm hotsy/3500 psi machine. You want at least a 5.6, and I would recommend an 8 gpm.

    The misconception is the psi does the cleaning. Not true. The more gpm, the faster.

    Why are you wanting a hot machine to start with? If you are doing resi then a 8 gpm cold water unit will be just fine. Only hot to clean up grease, oil, gum, stuff of that nature.

    Market to you existing clients first. Newspaper ads do well for some.

    There are better machines and better prices than a hotsy.

    Just my .02

    MOW PRO LAWN SERVICE LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,566

    There are better machines than a hotsy,i recommend hot water itz what i should have started with,get a 4000 psi 5 gpm for a starter you can always add a hot box .
  6. Don M.

    Don M. LawnSite Member
    Posts: 90

  7. csl

    csl LawnSite Member
    Posts: 235

    thanks for the help so far and keep it coming. the reason we are purchasing a hot machine is for the oil and such. we do mostly high end construction, so that it the market we want to keep with. and the reason for the lower gpm is because thats all i can find locally. there are 3 or 4 very large companies that sell and service these machines, and this was the highest gpm they offer. any suggestions on other brands would be helpful. thanks,
  8. csl

    csl LawnSite Member
    Posts: 235

    so how about brands? what are some of the better ones you guys have used, and are hopefully still using? and how about waivers? anyone have a good template you use for people to sign prior to services?

    DAFFMOBILEWASH LawnSite Member
    Posts: 42

    Most companies use the same basic platform for building thier product. Stay away from the direct drive units and stay with the belt ones. These will run cooler, longer and provide many hours of great service. Insist on a top name pump General, Udor or something simular. Do your reasearch, not all pumps are created equal.

    One again GPM is king in this industry. Anything under 5GPM is entering the light commercial/resi side of the spectrum. Be forwarned there is a huge learing curve to the wash industry. Many of my new employyees don't understand this untill the first week is over. Good luck and keep on reading. The internet is a great start.


    FCPWLLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 352


    Bob Carries the "Pressure Pro" Machines. This is what we use. Bob can hook you up.

    Also, most of us don't use waivers since damage is minimal if using proper methods. Lower pressures often clean better than high. Good Detergents will help to both increase speed and minimize risk of high pressure damage.

    Best advice I can give to a LCO about pressure washing is to eliminate the "Man-Hour" pricing mentality. This service is best sold as VALUE to customer and time savings for them. Very often, we are cleaning Vinyl homes for $350+ that only take an hour with one operator.

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