window cleaner charges

(37 Posts)
bananabrain Wed 12-May-10 14:18:40

Hi,
Just wondering how much window cleaners generally charge as I think ours seems expensive.
We have one downstairs window at front, plus a conservatory across the back (smallish house but a fair number of separate window panes on conservatory.) Then 4 windows upstairs which are washed with a long pole thingy. It seems to take 10-15 mins max.
We're in East Anglia, if area makes a difference. He charges £15 (started at £11 and has crept up....) How does that sound??
If that's the going rate I think we might just have to start doing them ourselves.... or more likely leave them to get dirty as we did before!

whatname Mon 17-May-10 19:42:16

£5 just for the front windows, exactly the same as IsItMeOr. We are terraced in London too, ours is lovely though and will clean the back if i ask him.

drivingmissdaisy Mon 17-May-10 19:46:07

We're in east anglia and just get the outside of the windows done. We have 7 downstairs windows, including a patio door and 6 upstairs windows and he charges £7 once a month.

melondrama Mon 17-May-10 19:57:15

we're in n.yorks, £6 every month, 3 bed terrace front and back windows. 3 guys with ladders. i always feel quite embaressed that i obviously never wash inside of windows, but forget immediately until next month..

dixiechick1975 Mon 17-May-10 19:59:30

£10 every 3 weeks including 2 conservatories oop north.

newpup Mon 17-May-10 20:50:37

Mine costs £25. I have it done every 8 weeks. I do have a large house but that does not include 2 side windows they can't get to and 4 roof windows I can flip over and do myself.

They use those spray hoses on a broom type things.

Jimmyben Fri 28-May-10 11:16:22

I have been window cleaning for about 4 years now and bananabrain, I think you pay too much. I would probably charge £7.50, my prices are quite average.

Of course you have to factor other issues into why the price maybe higher, eg, does he travel far to get to you and not do any other houses around you? Do you have leaded windows that are much harder to clean?

It sounds as though your Window Cleaner uses the Pole System which cost more for him to run, but lets him get through work much faster.

Speak to him about his price being high. I don't mind when a customer asks me so long as they are resonable and appreciate that a full day Window Cleaning with ladders can be dangerous and exhausting. Some people have a funny view of how much they should pay, one customer of mine resents paying £4.50 for a large 4 bed house with massive bay windows. They gave me a 50p xmas tip!
Another lady insists on paying me £8 instead of £3.50 for her small bungalow.

Also bear in mind there are two types of Window Cleaner. 1) The benefit cheat looking for cash in hand 2) The legal fully insured tax paying window cleaner. Naturaly window cleaner 2 has to charge more.

shammie Thu 14-Mar-13 15:57:31

REPLY TO BeenBeta and JimmyBen

BeenBeta, you have little understanding of running a business or of what cleaners actually earn. I found it a bit arrogant to presume ALL cleaners earn the minimum wage, in fact many cleaners earn considerably more than the minimum wage. I have been in business for over 20 years and 7 years as a window cleaner. A water fed pole system can be costly and add time to preparation. Some machines are 4k fitted into the van, if he has a trolley system he may have to used resin to make the water pure, each house can use 25 litres of water, which can take 10 minutes to produce. Therefore a window cleaner cleaning 20 houses a day will have to spend 3.5 hours purifying the water. If it takes you 5 hours to actually clean the windows, there is another 3.5 making water and probably 1.5 hours driving if not more.
There are the costs of the equipment and running costs, the cost of the van, insurance, diesel, running costs, loan repayments. Then there is cost to collect payment which can take hours. 25 hours cleaning time can easily result in 50 hours work if your not careful. Then there are the days you cant work because of the weather. Why would someone want to take all those risks and put in all that work to charge the minimum wage. 15 quid is fair. If you think its money for old rope do your own.

Jimmyben

If your charging 4.50 for a large 4 bedroom house, your off your rocker. If you dont value yourself dont expect anyone else too

mamij Thu 14-Mar-13 19:57:19

Goodness! We are in the outskirts of London and ours charge £20 for the windows (small one downstairs, and 6 upstairs), which they did in about 15 mins. They charge £35 for the conservatory. They come in every quarter.

PigletJohn Thu 14-Mar-13 22:21:22

I too think BeenBeta has failed to grasp the difference between wages and running a business.

Where do you think the money comes from for holiday pay, sick pay, pension, National Insurance? And to buy the van and equipment? The time to canvass for new customers? Are the accountant's fees free? Business insurance? Who pays the wages when there is no income due to bad weather?

this is a 3 year old thread.

p.s. I pay a £5 for a 4 bed detached house - all windows cleaned, front and back of house

MrsDexter Sun 17-Mar-13 08:31:46

My window cleaner doesn't use water but uses a brick shaped object to rub down the window with. Does anyone know what it is? Just worried it may scrap off the lead we have on them.

S

KatyTheCleaningLady Sun 17-Mar-13 22:30:35

In some areas, you don't have a choice about who cleans your windows. They are territorial and won't go onto another cleaner's patch. They often have to buy a patch from someone getting out of the business

Window cleaning is hard work, and people who make assumptions about what they "ought" to be making annoy me.

I am a house cleaner, and I sometimes run into people who assume that I should be happy with just above minimum wage. It's usually middle class people who think like this.

Well, I pay insurance, taxes, business expenses, and I don't get sick or holiday pay. So of course I charge far more than minimum wage.

And I don't have to work outdoors in all weather!

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