1st power wash job

Discussion in 'Power Washing' started by slingingrass, May 10, 2010.

  1. slingingrass

    slingingrass LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    could someone tell me how to charge for powerwashing a house about 1600 square feet. do i do it by square feet, if so how much or do i carge by the hour and if so how much. thanks
  2. JCinNJ

    JCinNJ LawnSite Member
    Messages: 159

    you charge whatever you need to charge to be profitable. Its different in every area
  3. Outdoor_Maintenance_2010

    Outdoor_Maintenance_2010 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 268

    dont u just hate responses like this :rolleyes:

    give him at lease a margin to play with here..
  4. precisionpower

    precisionpower LawnSite Member
    Messages: 53

    He can't hate, but must appreciate the response. It's the stone-cold truth. If you don't know how to charge accordingly, then there's a real good chance it won't be performed accordingly either.

    FCPWLLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 352


    Now, that probably didn't help much. It is the truth however. The truth for MY company and MY production rate. If yours is slower, your customer will think you are insane for making $1250 for a house wash. It is a one hor job max.
  6. mtc2010

    mtc2010 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 18

    Personally, I need 15-25 cents per sq ft (depending on size of job) to make a decent profit. Better to use per sq ft on estimates than per hour quotes.

    1600 sq ft @ $0.15 per sq ft = $240.00
  7. JCinNJ

    JCinNJ LawnSite Member
    Messages: 159

    How long will a house that size take you?
  8. mtc2010

    mtc2010 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 18

    Me? Would take me a couple hours, maybe 3, as I have a small pressure washer.

    Unlike you, I only do pressure washing for my mowing and landscape customers, not as my only service. Usually only small driveways and sidewalks. Probably going to upgrade to a larder unit next season as it seems to be fairly popular and profitable.
  9. JCinNJ

    JCinNJ LawnSite Member
    Messages: 159

    you will see profit when you wash that house in 30-45 minutes
  10. mtc2010

    mtc2010 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 18

    Yeah, maybe next year if I upgrade.

    Just curious, JCinNJ, what do you charge for a house that size if it takes you 30-45 minutes?

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