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Hi guys I would like to know how many painters provide pressure cleaning service and if so where are you located.

Siding Cleaning
Brick Cleaning
Deck Cleaning and Sealing

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We don't do much painting unless customers ask us to complete some exterior trim work. What % of your work is pressure washing? Would you rather just stain a deck or do you not mind power washing it.
 

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We do about 10% pressure washing. We do mario lemieux house and that takes up about 8% of our 10%.
 

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What % of your work is pressure washing?
Hard to say
Traditionally "deck recovery" has been a large part of my seasonal work
This includes PWing....but see the answer below
Would you rather just stain a deck or do you not mind power washing it.
I don't mind at all
If I had my druthers, I'd just as soon follow a properly cleaned and prepped deck
I have done so working for other companies
In my case often the PWing is not sold as an add-on or stand alone
It's simply a prep tool
In the case of decks, it's often part of a "apply mildecide, pw it off, apply deckcleaner pw it off, apply wood brightener, pw it off" process
Doing it with a hose would take way to long

Same with exterior prep
It's expedient and efficient
However, I would not mind simply following after a properly cleaned exterior, as I have done when working for others
 

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Do you guys go after much pressure cleaning business or just if a customers ask?
Wet, I frequently solicit paint work or pressure washing, then try to upsell other things we do. Money is real tight right now, with the housing bubble thing that has expanded into the credit situation all around. It's been real difficult to get folks interested in improvements, even to protect their investment...
 

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Do you guys go after much pressure cleaning business or just if a customers ask?
Nearly all of my PW work is part of the prep
If they ask for (just) a wash, I'll do it
I don't push it...but I'll list it under services provided

Mostly it's some thing like a call on a deck job, and me saying first it needs a PW, then I'll stain....something along those lines
 

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All good?

The market has slowed. If the news cycle changes in Jan - Feb all should be good. :thumbup:
Have you given that much thought, Wet?

Local bank just laid off a bunch of girls because they don't need 'em.
I looked on web news and Wamu closing branches in New England because mortage biz will be down 40% next year.

14 month supply of houses on the market.

Following the Christmas crunch, how many folks do you think will buy homes in Jan - Feb so they can be in time for close of escrow in tax season?

Even black&decker posted a downturn, in part because of slow housing market.

If you see any lite at the end of the tunnel (like a nationwide program of improvement to our countries deteriorating infrastructure) I sure would like to hear it.
 

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Have you given that much thought, Wet?

Local bank just laid off a bunch of girls because they don't need 'em.
I looked on web news and Wamu closing branches in New England because mortage biz will be down 40% next year.

14 month supply of houses on the market.

Following the Christmas crunch, how many folks do you think will buy homes in Jan - Feb so they can be in time for close of escrow in tax season?

Even black&decker posted a downturn, in part because of slow housing market.

If you see any lite at the end of the tunnel (like a nationwide program of improvement to our countries deteriorating infrastructure) I sure would like to hear it.
Again if the news cycle changes we will be fine. New housing is only a small part of our business. If you have a problem with the market contact your Congress Men. You don't need a program, you along with every other american need to change your vote or the way you vote when the economy hits rock bottom you will have no choice. Wamu has no direct effect on my business as long as Bush Doesn't strike Iran and a high % of the country feels good about whom the next President will be, there is at least two more years before the crash. If your not making money right now your marketing to the wrong people.
 

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:hang:

Boy, I feel much better after reading this thread. People made money during the depression, a capitalistic society will adjust to the market, a free market that is.

We just have to find ways to adjust, adapt, and over come.
 

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:hang:

Boy, I feel much better after reading this thread. People made money during the depression, a capitalistic society will adjust to the market, a free market that is.

We just have to find ways to adjust, adapt, and over come.
Until Then. :tank: We need to cut programs.l
 

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we clean every house we paint, a lot of times they have a deck we do as well. For me I really like powerwashing, the learning curve is much faster then painting and the money is good, people, usually have to do their decks every other year, so that is nice repeat buisness.
 

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Hey Wet, you are correct. I am marketing to the wrong people.

But I'll get back to yah on the rest of your post... tired now.

We just watched a dvd from the library. Hacking Democracy.

You might take the time to watch it...

I'll be back
 

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Hey Wet, you are correct. I am marketing to the wrong people.

But I'll get back to yah on the rest of your post... tired now.

We just watched a dvd from the library. Hacking Democracy.

You might take the time to watch it...

I'll be back
I'm not talking politics I'm talking business.:eek: :yes: If you want to talk about how politics helps your business thats cool (respectfully) otherwise I don't give a rats azz about your politics. Start your own thread about Hacking Democracy and Stop High Jacking my Thread.
 
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