Going rate in Connecticut.

Discussion in 'Power Washing' started by LR3, Mar 6, 2014.

  1. LR3

    LR3 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I just purchased a Shark hot water pressure washer. I bought it primarily to keep the truck and machines clean of salt after storms. Now, considering how much I paid, I am looking into possibly offering pressure washing service to my repertoire. Siding, fences, concrete, equipment etc... Now, I'm new to all this and politely ask, so as not to be the low balletr and under cutter, what is the going rate for the north east per square foot, on average? Any help would greatly be appreciated. Thanks.
  2. Roof Cleaning Virginia

    Roof Cleaning Virginia LawnSite Member
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    I can't speak to CT, as I'm way south of you in VA. One very important element to consider that a lot of folks somehow miss, is to determine what your market will bear. With proper salesmanship, branding and value added services to name a few, you may very well command a premium that others cannot. You can use your closing ratio to help make that assessment.

    What's the GPM on that new machine? The higher the GPM, the faster the job gets done, which directly effects the margin. We run 8 GPM units and they're fast, but I still wish that I would have bought 10 GPM machines instead. Our next one will be 10 GPM for sure.

    (There's another way to get a feel for pricing which I prefer not to post publicly - it's on the up and up, no worries. PM me if you'd like and I'll share.)

    Good luck.
  3. socalkol

    socalkol LawnSite Member
    Posts: 63

    Contact the most reputable company in your area and ask them for a quote/pay them for your house. You now know the going rate. Just kidding. Like its said above , dont learn the hard way. Start out high and go from there. Some companies price by square footage, some price by time they expect to do the job. Remember you have chemicals/gas/maintenance/insurance/marketing etc etc. So if your charging 50$ per each hour your working you are basically losing money.
  4. socalkol

    socalkol LawnSite Member
    Posts: 63

    I'd say a good general rule of thumb to "start" with is you need to be making 100$ an hour minimum when you are actually washing or it will be quick to see your not profitable. Do a few jobs and see how long it takes you to do certain tasks.

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