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Window cleaning business viable ?

  • 06-04-2022 3:14pm
    Registered Users Posts: 3,597 ✭✭✭ mondeo

    I have a cousin who is only 19 and he wants to start a window cleaning business. Is it realistic to buy a small van and drive around knocking on doors these days offering this sort of service ? Would be profitable ?

    Any opinions would be good thanks.


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,397 ✭✭✭✭ callaway92

    In my eyes, there's only one thought I have in my head when someone comes asking to clean my windows/gutters....

    I think to make it viable, make sure he has an actual website and social media with good examples of work done on them

    To say if it's going to be profitable, it's up to him how much he needs to charge to make it viable. Market Research etc. would tell how much people would pay.

    Moving on from doing one-off houses etc, try to get in contact with potentially Property Management companies to see if there'd be interest in taking him on on a larger scale.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,008 ✭✭✭ phormium

    I think driving around is pointless, everything seems to be on SM these days, on my local town FB page lots of people advertise these sorts of services and also the question is often asked 'who does x/y/z' and then names are recommended. Plus not a hope I'd hire someone that appeared at my door even if I wanted the service!

    For example if I wanted chimney cleaning in the morning I'd do a search of the local page to see who was recommended before, most people though I think don't bother searching they just stick up another post but either way the names get out there, a FB page would do these days, can't see the need for a website, get a few good reviews asap up on the page.

    Any of those service type things are busy these days as people in general don't do their own jobs like that anymore, I do but among my friends I would be in the minority although I'm going to call it a day on cleaning the gutters this year and get someone to do it!

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,784 ✭✭✭ coolisin

    Is it viable, sure could be.

    No1 would be answer a phone get back to people as soon as you can. Next would be soical media and word of mouth in a locality, google reviews build them up.

    Im never convinced by the knocking on doors really, seems like you maybe checking the place out.

    If you do knock on a a door leave a business card/leaflet and be genuine have a clean van look professional, like a labelled polo shirt or fleece.

    Actually got a local person to clean our windows lately from a cold call knock on the door. €40 for ten/twenty mins work cleaned the windows.

    They send a text once a month asking should we call around again.

    However remember you will need to have the correct insurance and all the assoiciated costs with owning a business.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,012 ✭✭✭ The Continental Op

    Definitely viable I know people who make a wage at it and only work 3 days a week (and no they don't sign on).

    One charges in excess of €100 and hour and has more work than he can handle.

    Wake me up when it's all over.

  • Registered Users Posts: 228 ✭✭ exitstageleft

    I know of people who do it for businesses in their area. They clean well, every few weeks, and don't charge much. But they are very quick and have all the gear.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 18,288 ✭✭✭✭ Del2005

    Commercial vehicle insurance for a 19 year old is going make it hard to be viable and a small van won't do as all the commercial window cleaners I see bring their own water. If they are planning on using ladders there is a lot of regulations that need to followed, not many people will allow their walls to be drilled for window cleaners.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,597 ✭✭✭ mondeo

    I'll pass the advice on, he is just a lad who doesn't really know what to do with himself work wise. He doesn't want to work in an office with a boss watching him. I think it's admiral for a young lad at 19 to want to start their own business. No one said it would be easy and yes there is certain types that also do these services that I would prefer not to have lurking around my house to. He is far from a waster and is actually pretty well spoken from a decent background. Just chatting to him you would know straight away he wasn't a chancer or that way inclined. He would just get the job done and wouldn't mess around the place.

    Insurance at 19 ye is abit of a killer but it is what it is.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,152 ✭✭✭ black & white

    I'm in a large town in Clare and getting a reliable window cleaner is impossible. There are a few guys doing it, as each has come to do my house, I've asked them to call regularly (every 4-6 weeks or so) all have agreed but then only come when I ring or text. It's a semi and they charge 30/40 yoyos, depending on who it is. Gutters and windows together are 60ish. There's def a bizz here, depends on where your cousin is living.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,597 ✭✭✭ mondeo

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,075 ✭✭✭ NSAman

    Window washing in Ireland? Not so sure. It would need to linked to other washing, power washing etc.

    Where I am in the States, window washing is easy to start and rather lucrative. just quoted 700 dollars to wash the house, 600 to wash the office.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,775 ✭✭✭ 3DataModem

    Getting someone to post to some of the newer estates whatsapp groups is a goldmine.

    One company came in to our estate (new, Fingal) and signed up dozens of houses on a 6 week cleaning cycle. They rock up, do the outsides, drop a card in the door to remind payment, and head off. They get so much efficiency for doing houses all on one day in one estate, its reflected in the price.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,761 ✭✭✭ Tork

    Is window cleaning a thing in Ireland? I know a few people in the UK who get their windows washed reasonably regularly but they're not paying a lot of money to have it done.

    Would he be open to cleaning gutters as well? From personal experience, it took a while to find somebody reliable to do our gutters.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,898 ✭✭✭ BailMeOut

    Yes if done right and try to focus on local businesses who like their windows cleaned on a schedule so you sell once and you just keep coming back every xx weeks.

    Supermarket or local FB notice boards are also good to get business and again try to focus on recurring revenue so maybe with home cleaning sell a monthly or quarterly package where you just keep coming back.

  • Registered Users Posts: 30,907 ✭✭✭✭ listermint

    Tell him to apply for ESB apprenticeship that's opened in march.

    He'd probably make more money delivery food than cleaning windows tbh