What services you offer as a pressure washing contractor will depend on several factors. You must identify a market in need of exploitation, determine what equipment is necessary to perform the task profitably, and then you must gain the experience required to operate the equipment well enough to perform the task well.Do you want to learn more? Visit Picazzo Painting and Pressure Washing
In the pressure washing industry, there are numerous sorts of work you may choose to perform. They include wood restoration, flat-surface cleaning, building washes, industrial equipment washing, fleet washing, and kitchen hood cleaning, just to name a few of the better known disciplines.
While each is part of the pressure washing business field, and requires a commercial-quality pressure washer, they are vastly different endeavors, each requiring a specific set of skills and equipment. For instance, flat-surface cleaning, especially in the commercial setting, really requires a high-flow power washer equipped with hot water. That machine would be well-suited to house and building washing as well, but the hot water is not a necessary tool for building washes. Here, a cold-water machine will probably suffice, as long as flow is sufficient. However, a high-flow machine is entirely inappropriate for most kitchen hood cleaning applications, as the effluent must be captured in the kitchen and disposed of, usually by hand.
When people first begin in the pressure washing business, they often just buy whatever machine they think they can afford, and then go looking for some kind of work to do with it. This is the exact opposite of the best method of beginning your cleaning business. First, find a market that you can exploit.
It has been said many times before, if you find a need you can satisfy, customers that need you will seek you out. If you have noticed a lot of gum on commercial sidewalks in your area, or that there is a great deal of graffiti on local buildings, and you also see people toiling away trying to remove that gum and graffiti, you may have stumbled upon a market to exploit. You may also notice an increasing number of ads looking for cleaners in your area, perhaps on Craig’s list, or some other local advertising venue. That is another good sign that a market exists for a service you could supply.
Avoid the common mistake of opening a pressure washing business because you have observed a large number of dirty houses and properties in your area. You are not looking for people with dirty homes, because those people most often do not hire cleaning services for any reason. You should seek out people that have money available to keep their already clean property spotless. It is always better to find somebody who is amenable to buying services, rather than trying to convince someone with a dirty property that they require your services.
Now is the time to look into all the costs you will incur to satisfy the needs of your potential customers: Look into business licensing, insurance, and fees first. It seems almost as if some areas are actively trying to discourage people from opening new businesses and it is best to find this out before you drop a bunch of cash into a business you cannot afford to enter.
When you have established the basic cost of your business as an entity, now begin to look into equipment. You might try a local supplier first, he may have a good idea what the local market conditions are, and he will be a valuable acquaintance if you do go into business, and you have an equipment emergency. You should tell any equipment seller you speak with, what kind of work you intend to do, and ask his opinion on what you should be looking for, he has a vested interest in seeing you succeed, so he should be honest with you, but remember, you are always safer by getting as much information as possible, so check more than one dealer. You will soon have an idea what equipment is worth if you take the time to do some basic research.
You should also check the online bulletin-board communities. There are several good ones out there, and they nearly all have a search button. Use the search button to check out the industry you are planning to enter, then call some members if it is possible to do so. Remember, though, these are business people with busy lives, so try to be concise in your questioning, and be sensitive to the value of their time.