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Conservatory Cleaning Business

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by alliwant, May 24, 2005.

  1. alliwant

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    I have been thinking for quite a while that i need an extra income (to fund my av kit) and have looked at various ideas and schemes. Direct selling seems to be very hit and miss, but wanted something that can generate a little extra income. It occured to me that conservatories were a growing trend and more often than not were bought my people of various ages but tended to be of the more senior age bracket. Now my question is do people think that there is a market for a conservatory cleaning business? do many people have conservatories and would they pay to have them cleaned (outside and inside)? Obviousley this would include Removal of debris from gutters, Wash gutters inside and out, Hand wash all external plastic, etc.

    is there a market for this? How much would you pay? or am i barking up the wrong tree/ladder :lease:
     
  2. MarkR

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    Best thing to do is test the market by printing up say between 50 to 100 black & white leaflets and then post them in your local neighbourhood. If you get over 5 calls of interest then you know your on to a good idea and then you can market yourself properly on the strength of that. :cool:
     
  3. Ian J

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    Are you hoping for answers from anyone or just the old gits that have got conservatories :rotfl:
     
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    and then watch out for the local window cleaner who may wish to punch you about the head a bit for moving in on his round ;-)
     
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    SOunds like an idea - watch out for Pilkingtons Activ self cleaning glass - if it sells too well you will not get the business
     
  6. alliwant

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    both really.

    I know that the local window cleaner can do it, but they generally just clean the glass and not the roofs or frames. You can use specialist cleaners that bring them up like new.

    as for leaflets, i was juts thinking of poping a small advert in a local paper...you never know? so what do people thing Yes or No?

    Ps this woulnt be my main job...just a part time one? :D
     
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    leaflets probably better and quite cheap to produce...give it a go
     
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    am not discounting it...just wondered what others thought!!

    Wife thinks am mad :eek: :eek:
     
  9. seany

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    Thing is, is if you did get a job, how longs it going to be before they want you again? The window cleaner takes care of all the outside glass at least every other week. Window cleaners make their money because of the size of their patch and because they do the round at least every 2 weeks.

    That's obviously not going to be anywhere near that with your idea


    Plus to clean the inside it means they let a stranger in to their home, and they have to be in for you to do it.

    Mail shots have about a 2% to 3% response rate, that's not a booking that's just a call and that's if the add is well done (don't print it yourself). Trust me i found this out over the years the hard way and thankfully it's not something i have to do anymore


    I personally think you wont make enough money from it to warrant doing it. But if you're going to do it, get some decent cards made and it's worth a small outlay to pay someone to do it for you..

    I used to let yellow pages sort my add out (christ never again) and once i went and paid for it to be done by a pro the response i got was much better


    Basically you need to convey that you're not dodgy Dave with a sponge and a bedford who's going to come in to their house and spend more time casing the place then providing a service

    Your add should say that you’re offering a serious service and that you are successful at it


    But i'd personally try and think of something else
     
  10. alliwant

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    ok...so am mad :(
     
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    I don't think you're mad but it needs thinking about and testing carefully. Maybe it would be worth putting a toe in the water by distributing a flier, as has already been suggested, to houses with conservatories in your area. Personally I don't trust my window cleaner to do my conservatory - they're delicate things and easy to break, especially inside. If you decide to go ahead and are in my area (near High Wycombe) I'll be happy to be your first customer! I reckon £80 - £100 would be a fair price. I do think it's true though, as has also been said, that people wouldn't want it done nearly as often as windows.
    PS - Window cleaners often don't like cleaning conservatories so you might find little opposition from them.
     
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    is there anyone in your area who cleans folks wheelie bins? The guy who does ours makes a fortune!
     
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    I have a hardwood conservatory,the frame doesn't need cleaning,it's painted,but the glass could do with a regular clean.If you were in my area and a reasonabe price you'd get my vote.The catch is,it's the roof glass that's the most difficult part to clean.Though it does take the weight of someone cleaning it,it takes a leap of faith to stand on it! :D
     
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    I think there is a potential market for what you are thinking about but there is a question of what level of service you are considering offering; is it:

    (a) going to be a frequent/regular (monthly/fortnightly) in which case it will be a low price high volume but in direct competition with window cleaners - do you want to do windows as well to offer a complete service? Presumably the uPVC cleaner that you mention could also be used on windows as well so is possibly a added value service above what Bob Spounge Man currently offers. This could be done on a relatively small 'patch' but will have direct competition

    (b) going to be a one off type service - the sort of thing they get done once a year and pay a much higher permium for. This as well as reducing the frequency of jobs would reduce the potential customer base of people who would even consider doing this. If you wanted to make a regular income of it you would need to cover a much larger area


    When living in flats for many years there was always window cleaners with a thingy on a long pole which had a small pump/hose built in so that water could be sprayed onto the windows above ground floor. Don't people use the same tool for doing the roofs of conservatories rather than actually climbing on them?

    I think depending on which type of service you are intending to offer would dictate how it would be best to go about sampling the uptake rate on the service - may it also be worth while contacting a local conservatory building company and see if they would be interested in a partnership to cross sell your services to their customers.
     
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    Bear in mind, you'd need some sort of liability insurance for this sort of thing.... Plenty of damage potential - glass, gutters, etc...
     
  16. alliwant

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    It was going to be a 6 or 12 monthly thing, you can get specialist ladders and the roof spars are usually an alloy of some sort and can support a considerable weight. Either way i would take out insurance for accidents, as they will inevitably happen. Mosts window cleaners either dont want to do them or will only do the glass, in any case the pvc needs cleaning with a solvent and shifting algae from the roof require a little more than a power washer!! I aslo think that hinges need oiling (WD40) etc. all in all i was think of a comprehensive service using non abrasive products lasting around 3 hours for £120.00? After all quite a lot of owners are 50+ and would rather keep there feet on the ground than start balancing on delicate roofs?

    or is the price right? Newpaper advert or sample flyers? If it takes off i would look at partnering with a conservetory company
     
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    Dont go with newspaper adds, very costly for what you get. Make a decent flyer or have one made and i'd get a suit on and knock on those doors a few days after you've posted them. Mail shots make it to the bin in no time, a follow up call to cage reaction to your idea is a good idea and you might book jobs at the door. Just make sure they know about your service before you call..

    You want to target houses that are up for sale, they need their place to be at its best and a conservetory is a big seller, so it needs to be in good shape.
     
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    Good idea cheers... :smashin:

    Does anyone else with a conservetory have any comments?
     
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    bump to the top?
     
  20. MartinImber

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    Stuff cleaning them - the market has changed and they now have glass rather than plastic roofs.

    And we have the first shape nesting glass optimiser for UK sale :thumbsup: :clap:

    We also optimise blinds for a blind manufacturer
     
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    Forgive my ignorance,but what's one of those do?
     
  22. alliwant

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    yaeh...what is that

    first shape nesting glass optimiser for UK sale

    and does it hurt?
     
  23. alliwant

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    anyone else?
     
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    My window cleaner wanted £60 to do mine last year. So I got a car brush and tied it to a broom shank to do the roof. The sides were no problem and it was all done in two hours. Not bad at £30 an hour and once or twice a year should do.
     

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