Pressure Washing Service in Chicago – Does anyone know about any good companies?
Looking for Pressure Washing Service in Chicago and I was wondering if you guys could point me towards a company or give me some tips on knowing which company I should be looking for. I’ve never really got pressure washing done but the previous owner said to make sure that you get a pressure washing contract with a company to come and wash the building. I understand the importance of it but don’t really know how to go about doing it.
Question answered by Nicole Nairn
My previous employer had this company that came in every week to maintain the walls on our building. I usually saw them working away during my lunch break and my advice is to get a company that does their job quietly and works hard without asking too many questions, but don’t get a company that never asks anything because they may do a bad job not knowing beforehand the issue. Also from personal cleaning experience around the house, especially when dealing with walls, ask them to test out their stuff on a small piece of wall before actually giving them the thumbs up! If you want the company that did the job for us it’s in the link box below.
Hope that clears up your questions,
What Pressure Washing equipment do you need to Pressure Wash?
I want to start a pressure washing service. What equipment do I need besides my very nice commercial quality electric air compressor and air hoses?
Do I need a wand / water attachment?
I also will get insured and bonded.
Thanks for help in how I should "gear up".
Question answered by DANIEL S
You should pick up a few gas powered pressure washers, & maybe down the road, a large portable water tank
What should I charge per hour for pressure washing?
Driveways, sidewalks, exterior, etc...I need to take into account driving time, gas for my car, gas for the pressure washer, and any maintenance costs.
I'm a high school grad looking to make some cash before I head off to college by providing pressure washing services for people in my community.
Question answered by San Diego Guy
I'd call around to some pressure washing companies in the area and ask them how much they would charge to do a driveway. Call 4 or 5 companies and you'll get an idea of what others are charging. Unless you have a lot of experience doing pressure washing, then I'd take the number they're charging and shave like 35% off of it. Most people are weary of someone pressure washing their driveway if they don't have a lot of experience - but if you tell them your story, that you're a high school grad saving up for college, they'll be more willing to do it (knowing it's going to be less than the pros).
You need to figure out your daily expenses divided by how many driveways you would pressure wash per day. That will give you your expense per job. Subtract that from what you'll be charging and you'll get your profit per job. To make your prices somewhat consistent, take what you'll charge for a driveway and divide it by the average square foot for a driveway. That will give you a price per square foot. If you then do sidewalks or something else, you can just measure the square foot of the area you will pressure wash and multiply it by your price per square foot and voila, you've got your job cost. Since you already know what your approximate profit is, you should also be able to calculate those numbers and estimate them too.
How much should I charge for pressure washing parking lots in the Tomball Tx area?
We just started a new business and are unsure of how to charge for pressure washing services.
Question answered by txhypnotist
Charge by the Square foot. You can call the other companies in the Houston area and find out what they charge, then charge less until you build up the business. Remember gas prices are high, so charge enough to cover the gas also.
IS there any good pressure washing service in Dallas,TX?
IS there any good pressure washing service in Dallas,TX?
Question answered by GG
I used DFW Power Washing for my home and driveway.
I compared them to different companies they are cheap
What to Invest in an oil field start up service?
What to start up a business for the oil boom in North Dakota. What are some good services to provide. Thought of Hot shot Service, Pressure washing service, semi and trailer for various liquids. What are their other services needed?
Question answered by postal p
They just need places for all of the workers to live. If you could build some fairly cheap prefab places, you can make a fortune up there.
How can I increase my business?
I do pressure washing services here in the gulf coast area and was wondering how I could increase my business, find more work, get more job calls, etc.
I'm going to choose the best answer but I wanted to thank all of you for anything you contribute!
Question answered by Em C
1) Word of mouth a reputation are the best ways to increase business so make sure customers are always satisfied with the job you do.
2) If you do a job on a particular street, then put flyers/send postcards to other homeowners in the area letting them know you just did a job down the street. Homeowners often try to "keep up with the Joneses" and decide that they need their home power washed as well.
3) Leave some business cards with your client after you finish a job so they can refer you to friends.
4)Contact your past customers and see if they need your services again.
5) Advertise in your local paper on on free sites like craigslist.
6) Network with Realtors who may refer you to clients who need your services to prepare their home for selling.
7) Make sure your company's name and number is clearly displayed in big letters on your vehicle.
Above all, make sure your prices can compete with other businesses in your area and do not sacrifice service. Make sure you return calls promptly, arrive for appointments on time etc. You would be surprised how many businesses fail to do this.
How much does the average pressure washing job cost?
I'm going to be pressure washing houses next summer as a summer job, how much is the average job for a 1 and 2 story house?
Question answered by Acme Powerwash
Pressure washing jobs can range from $75 - $10,000 or more for larger commercial jobs, so it's hard to nail down an average. It really depends on the size and how dirty the project is. If you are just starting out, you might want to estimate how long you think the job will take and assign an hourly rate to your work. Also make sure to consider supplies, equipment repairs and insurance costs. I wouldn't touch a house with a pressure washer without insurance because of the liabilty you will be assuming.
Do a little research on what other similar pressure washing services are charging in your area, then make sure you are offering a comparable service.
How to start a pressure washing business?
I am looking into starting a pressure washing business in my area. I have done some pressure washing at my old job and for some friends and relatives. I have access to borrow a basic pressure washer and hose, so I have access to get set up basically. I will be looking at only doing one day a week at fist and maybe a few extra hours here and there.
What I am looking for is what people think I should charge and also what else I need to do to get set up such as do I need insurance etc? Open to good suggestions.
Question answered by Victor Hayes Popovics
There's a lot that goes into this. First thing's first, a "basic" pressure washer is probably a standard unit from a big box store, right? something around 3 GPM @ 2500 PSI? Something like that can't handle commercial applications, so focus yourself on residential properties. You can expand into car washing, but do not use more tha 1500 PSI for this or you will end up stripping paint. Go door to door in a neighborhood. People in this line of work talk about getting many additional jobs in a neighborhood when people within the neighborhood see them working and see the results. For this reason, having your name on the side of your truck is big.
Also, check in with your local authorities to see what your limitations are. some cities (and even states such as California) are requireing washers to reclaim water and have it treated, exposed of properly, or have a license to take care of it themselves. There may also be chemical restrictions.
You should incorporate in some manner (inc., llc, & such) and definitely get liability insurance. When an issue arises, you need to be covered.
Look into things like window cleaning as well. It is a service you can offer while you are already there and offer a more complete cleaning. A house completely cleaned will create a better mental image for the customer and their neighbors and encourage calls.
Laslty, check into some groups and forums. I'll list 2 great forums for this in my souorces, but check in to facebook groups such as "Pressure Washing Friends" and the Google+ Community "Pressure Washing." There are lots of helpful professionals on the Internet, you just have to know where to find them.
Can pressure washing alone get rid of previous waterproofer on deck?
Hi all, can i use pressure washing on an old deck and get rid of the waterproofer. It was put on im guessing about 5 years ago by the previous owner. I do see some small patches of beading still, but i dont want to use harsh chemicals as i have kids around. SHould i sand then pressure wash or vice versa? Thanks.
Question answered by Peter W
The short answer is: "It depends".
Most "water sealers" use some combination of boiled linseed oil, paraffin wax or similar ingredients that repel water and soak into the wood via the solvent. Both these 'active' ingredients oxidize over time and five years in most climates is well beyond their typical service-life. But, to get rid of whatever remains effectively (and if you are not on water (lake or stream)), you can use TSP in the pressure-washer tank. That is a relatively mild cleaner that will not hurt kids or pets if used properly - but is phosphorus-based and so can lead to algae blooms if it gets into lakes and streams.
A link to one of many sources is below.