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Old 03-17-2008, 12:31 PM   #1
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Wondering How Much To Charge....


I know the national average for Power washing concrete is 8- 12 cents a SQ ft. But is that really what people charge or do they charge more and what if its only like a 300 sq ft job....also is there a different way to charge for sidewalks........I have been power washing homes and been making plenty of money for a while and now i want to get into concrete and decks/wood fences...but it almost seems not worth the hastle at those rates. Any one who can help with this i would greatly appreciate it.
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Old 03-17-2008, 12:59 PM   #2
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Re: Wondering How Much To Charge....


I don't do any pressure washing, but I looked it up on my National Estimator program (which I never use) and all I could find under pressure washing was the price for a brick or stone wall...which was .47 cents per sq. ft before your mark up....I also found something under "cleaning"...concrete floor = .33 cents per sq. ft...and concrete wall = .38 cents per sq. foot. All these prices are national average BEFORE adding o&p, so I'm thinking your pricing is a bit off.

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I don't do any pressure washing, but I looked it up on my National Estimator program (which I never use) and all I could find under pressure washing was the price for a brick or stone wall...which was .47 cents per sq. ft before your mark up....I also found something under "cleaning"...concrete floor = .33 cents per sq. ft...and concrete wall = .38 cents per sq. foot. All these prices are national average BEFORE adding o&p, so I'm thinking your pricing is a bit off.
thanks. your info was helpful. I also found out that the way most contractors come up with their pricing per SQ. FT is that if it's a 1 time cleaning of cement(walkways, sidewalks, patio, etc..) they double or triple there price per sq. ft. wich brings it to right around .25-.30 cents a square. Please somebody let me know if this sounds off because i am about to start advertising concrete @ .25 cents a sq.ft
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Old 03-18-2008, 01:07 PM   #4
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So a 10'x10' slab would cost me 25.00? How about if I only had a 3'x3' slab, would you do it for 2.25? Square foot numbers will get you in trouble, you have to base your pricing on your costs.
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Just about any surface, the price per sq/ft goes up for small, with a job min which you will set yourself, and the price goes down for large surfaces, lets say with a house wash your at your min of 300 (example), then they want you to wash a 10 by 10 slab. Your sq/ft price for that might be .25-.40 cents a foot, then they have a 2200 sq/ft drive and you could go .12 to .15 sq/ft. these are only examples and you shold log everything you do and make a chart(time-materials-sq/ft) for reference for future bids. These are only examples for sq/ft guys, and also vary as to type of equipment you have, how fast you are, ect...hope this helped.
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Also, it's not a good idea to put your prices in your ads as any compitition will just run theirs a little lower, better to stick with a coupon.
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I know everyone hates this question but how/what do you guys/gals charge for Graffiti removal?
By square foot? how much? I did a section of about 200sq/ft today and not sure how to charge?
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What did you charge for pressure washing brick homes?
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What did you charge for pressure washing brick homes?
like big homes?
small homes?
fat homes?
skinny homes?
polka dotted homes?
homes in Florida?
homes in Nebraska?
homes during the winter time?
homes during the summer time?
am I buying gas on the way?
am I getting dinner on the way home?
is the HO a milf?
does the home have pets in it?
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Pressure washing, is the growing application of high pressure water spray. Produced by specially designed pumps, this spray is a hundred times more powerful than the typical garden hose. On concrete it is used to remove unsightly mold, bubble gum, and other dirt stains. Wooden decks are returned to the look of new wood, void of graying and fatigued finishes. And on houses, the appearance of siding (namely aluminum and vinyl), is greatly improved by removing pollution, mildew, and other signs of neglect.Indirect costs are other expenses you incur to perform your services in general, but not due to one specific job. The cost of your pressure washer is a clear indirect cost. You need to be very aware of these costs, but addressing them more from an overall picture and less by specific jobs.
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I do all of my pressure washing by Time/Materials and offer an approx time to complete task. This way i can get some milage and time to pick up materials out of the customer, if he wants to chat for 1/2 hour about other problems with the home then it is on his dime too. About the only thing i do as a set price are headstones and i try to schedule those all together.
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There really is no set price across the board.

You price based on your own numbers. However, you will find a point where it will be hard to compete on price if your production rates are slow.

I can make good money at .10 due to equipment.

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Mike I agree. Having the proper equipment means more of that dirty lil' word. PROFIT!
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Good insight
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Hers a really good PW forum http://www.thegrimescene.com/forums/

I power wash on occasion and have found this site helpful
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Well To pw single and tandem Axel trucks you'll be looking at $125 per truck.Now some tandems can get pretty long so you would charge accordingly like 140 which would be the same price as a tridem.You clean it inside and out. Good thing about most trucks is that you can pw the inside and not harm anything. But be careful of the inside though because there sometimes is a control box right underneath the drivers seat. Don't pw this box because it will cost you 3 grand to have it replaced.
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simple:

Vinyl, wood, stucco ext you do not use high psi. The chems do the scrubbing. The high flow of water no less than 4GPM does the rinsing, but also good chems have rinsing agents in them.

For gum a hot burner or pressure washer built for hot water is used for flat work to pop up gum and oil.

700 PSI or less for wood restoration, but also that is variable depending on the project.

Again...Chems do the scrubbing, water flow does the rinsing... Thats the simple truth.

If you cross a window with high psi you will break the seals and cause the fog effect and your liability ins goes way up when the ho nails you to the wall.
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Looking to purchase a power washer around 4gpm at 4000 any suggestions
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[quote=LANDSHARKLEFTY;806822]Looking to purchase a power washer around 4gpm at 4000 any suggestions. NEED A PRETTY POWERFUL ONE
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Looking to purchase a power washer around 4gpm at 4000 any suggestions. NEED A PRETTY POWERFUL ONE
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