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    We have them stacked four high in our ProWash...

    We have them stacked four high in our ProWash truck. Not a happy customer with the quality of Summit though. Cox units are built a lot better and hold up longer.
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    Best year to date for sales. Weather and...

    Best year to date for sales. Weather and employee issues wrecked havoc on our scheduling though leaving us with a lot of end of year work that is not going to be complete. Most have been fine to...
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    6 box trucks winterized all up end of season last...

    6 box trucks winterized all up end of season last year with no casualties so far this spring (knock on wood). Just a rough start for ya Jimbo!
  4. $200 to park a vehicle out front at most around...

    $200 to park a vehicle out front at most around here.

    Setting up for 3 more shows tomorrow. Have a builders association hosting one at a local casino and 2 at local nursery/home improvement...
  5. 2 More home shows knocked out this weekend - 19...

    2 More home shows knocked out this weekend - 19 estimates from one and 8 from the other. 3 shows on the calender for next weekend.
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    Not out of the question. We do a a large number...

    Not out of the question. We do a a large number of double wides every spring at $250 per unit. The vast majority of house washes run $425. All in how you sell it. It's just like anything else......
  7. 8 pages! I thought this would have died off by...

    8 pages! I thought this would have died off by now lol
  8. 1996 - 17 years ago.. it certainly does!

    1996 - 17 years ago.. it certainly does!
  9. So you ARE saying profit then? I understand...

    So you ARE saying profit then?

    I understand the method of routes but that's a mighty large number for a solo operator. Perhaps under perfect conditions but even in Arizona the weather causes...
  10. Having the company broke up (resi vs. commercial)...

    Having the company broke up (resi vs. commercial) helps in retaining the credibility IMO (wood care specialist / exterior cleaning specialist). Jack of all master of none is the best phrase that...
  11. We do the following: Operations Manager Sales...

    We do the following:

    Operations Manager
    Sales Representative
    Lead Restoration Tech
    Assist Restoration Tech

    The Operations manager and sales rep are generally the same individual until you...
  12. No you cannot. You could possibly GROSS $222,000...

    No you cannot. You could possibly GROSS $222,000 but make implies profit. 'devils advocate' :)
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    Residential house washes are one animal. ...

    Residential house washes are one animal. Apartments and condo's are entirely another and considered commercial to me since we're working for a property management company. We have 2 hoa properties...
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    1500 homes in a year is a good chunk. Hopefully...

    1500 homes in a year is a good chunk. Hopefully your able to bank a $350-450 average on them. It's amazing how many guys get $200 and under for a house wash.
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    Back in the game with sales staff. One for our...

    Back in the game with sales staff. One for our South Bend, In location and one for SW Michigan. Base salary plus quarterly profit sharing. They are managing the locations. In my past experience...
  16. I understand the point your trying to make but...

    I understand the point your trying to make but it's not always so cut and dry especially in wood care. I agree 2-3 months out is on the heavy side but I would go nuts always looking for the work to...
  17. For a one or two man show I would agree. Awful...

    For a one or two man show I would agree. Awful lot of stress with 8 to 10 employees on staff and only a week of solid work ahead of you though.
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    Is your marketing specific to house washing...

    Is your marketing specific to house washing Brian? We only do around 200 residentials a year but it's usually an add on to the marketing.
  19. Sorry for the delayed response I was away on...

    Sorry for the delayed response I was away on vacation.

    Niche markets allow you to become the expert in your field. They allow you to focus on your marketing efforts, networking, systems,...
  20. Niche has been head and shoulders better for our...

    Niche has been head and shoulders better for our business. So much so that I broke it apart into 2 companies solely for the marketing advantage.
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    got an inch on the ground here... 27 inches about...

    got an inch on the ground here... 27 inches about 20 minutes away! Lucked out on that one :)
  22. I'm the exact opposite. We go in with a target...

    I'm the exact opposite. We go in with a target goal in mind based on previous years numbers and I provide an incentive for every estimate SCHEDULED (not just names) by my staff working it. I spend...
  23. We do 8 to 12 shows home shows every year. Most...

    We do 8 to 12 shows home shows every year. Most are in the Spring. They yield very well for us with as many as 100 estimates out of one show plus they keep leads coming in all season from those who...
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    On a local level I think it can be done...

    On a local level I think it can be done successfully if the demographics are there. Distance can cause a problem in my opinion. We have 2 locations now with a third being developed and both areas...
  25. Our techs go on unemployment. Managers are...

    Our techs go on unemployment. Managers are salary.
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