How to price window cleaning jobs
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Congratulations, you’re now a step closer to earning money through your first window cleaning gig! But first, how much should you charge without shortchanging yourself or overcharging your clients? No worries, because by the end of this guide, you’ll have a clearer idea of how to price window cleaning jobs.
How much to charge for window cleaning
How much do you charge to clean windows? To help you start your window cleaning business and price your jobs fairly, we’ve listed the estimated cost of tasks.
£75-200 per contract or £10-25 per hour
£20-50 per hour or £1-5 per pane
Commercial window cleaning
£100 per contract
Primary factors when pricing window cleaning jobs
A lot goes into transforming windows from dusty, streak-filled panels to sparkling panes! Here’s what to consider when figuring out how much to quote for window cleaning.
Number and size of windows
The more windows or the bigger the panes are, the more resources you’ll spend cleaning. When putting together your window cleaning rates, you can charge per window or square meter.
When checking how to price a window cleaning job, it’s important to determine the kind of windows you’re dealing with. These could be large floor-to-ceiling windows, inset windows with crowded windowsills, sliding windows with tracks, attic windows with screens, or interior windows with stickers and gum. Shopfront window cleaning prices will differ vastly from window cleaning in a preschool and even skylight windows in a townhouse.
Number of floors
When computing the average cost for window cleaning, note that you’ll need to charge more for multistory buildings. Here’s why:
First, this is because these are typically commercial window cleaning jobs (vs. residential window cleaning). Next, multistory buildings will require you to use special equipment to reach the exterior windows, which could range from a ladder to a crane.
You can package your rates based on whether a client is in a multi-level, mid-rise, or high-rise building:
Multi-level buildings - 1-3 floors
Mid-rise buildings - 4-6 floors
High-rise buildings - 7+ floors
Evaluate if you’ll stop offering exterior window cleaning beyond a specific floor due to the risks involved and the insurance you and your team might need.
Location and time of year
A building’s location will also affect the condition of the windows and how frequent or intense each cleaning session should be. Here’s what to consider before placing a bid on that window cleaning job:
Buildings near a highway will have more smog or dust on the windows
Buildings near trees tend to be affected by pollen
Windows in hard water areas will tend to have mineral deposits in the water
Rain, snow, or dust can add to the streaks or specks on a window
Remember to consider these factors when computing how to price window cleaning jobs.
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Buildings have different needs when it comes to window cleaning. Sparsely populated ones might have less foot traffic, fewer fingerprints on the windows, and less dust. As for healthcare facilities, they require more careful cleaning due to the nature of the building. Consider the industry and activity level when checking how much to quote for a window cleaning job.
Services related to window cleaning
You can also offer extra services as part of your residential and commercial window cleaning rates. This makes your business a go-to for clients who want to get more done than just cleaning actual window panes and sills. Some added perks you can consider offering are:
Window screen cleaning
Glass door cleaning
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How to bid on window cleaning jobs
Since window cleaning jobs involve different steps or processes, you’ll need to learn to quote window cleaning prices based on the task at hand. This helps potential clients understand your window cleaning charges. You can easily price a window cleaning job in 5 steps:
1. Visit the area
You can check the size and condition of the windows in the home or commercial space. Moreover, it gives your client an opportunity to discuss the task’s specifics.
2. Ask for details and pictures of the windows
If you can’t visit right away, just confirm the square footage of the windows or ask for photos of the home or commercial space. Doing so will help you give a more accurate quote.
3. Determine the resources you’ll need
Verify if your client will provide the cleaning tools. Otherwise, you have to bring all the essential supplies.
4. Consider other operational costs and your potential profit
These include your team’s wages (if applicable), travel expenses, and insurance. The latter is important for high-risk jobs, like commercial high-rise window cleaning. Your profit margin must be 20% of the total project cost.5.
5. Bid on available jobs
On Airtasker, you can start bidding on window cleaning jobs as soon as you see clients’ posted tasks. After picking one that fits your rates, share your price quote and wait for the client’s response.
Get window cleaning jobs on Airtasker!
Now that you know how to price commercial window cleaning, you can start looking for window cleaning jobs near you. If you want to grow your client base, Airtasker can help you. It enables you to connect with locals seeking window cleaners. And because your clients are nearby, you can reduce the cost of transporting all your cleaning tools and materials, as well as the time you spend travelling between jobs.
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