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If a window cleaner is not mathematical with his pricing method there may exist a problem. If there is no real set pricing, no template for bidding this can prove detrimental to the homeowner or business owner because top-of-head bidding allows room for price discrimination. Many window cleaners will hike up the prices if they see that the homeowner is quite well-off financially or if for some other reason they feel that the homeowner is willing and able to pay top dollar. When receiving an estimate, be sure to ask the pricing method that the window cleaner employs. If he gives you the run-around or if he doesn't have legitimate reasons for his fees, then it may be best to to use an alternate cleaning service.
Also, be weary if the estimate is extremely low. In this industry, the cheapest workers may likely be the same in quality. Many companies will bid low so as to beat out competing companies' bids, but to compensate for the dollar loss, they sloppily rush the work. Many such workers have little time to establish a professional relationship built on trust and great performance.
Another reason such window "pros" may be able to bid so low may be because of neglecting to pay out for necessary business expenses such as workers-compensation, liability insurance, necessary equipment, appropriate licensing and permits, or even taxes! Even their own employees wages may be too low. Hence, less expenses, less prices.
How do professional window cleaners get their prices?
Many window cleaners will bid by how long they feel the job will take.Thus, the more experienced ones may actually charge less! The average price in California is around $50 to $70 an hour for low story window cleaning. Many window cleaners charge by size and/or number of window units, single pane units, or simply the square footage of the house. Still others combine several different pricing methods. But no matter how a window cleaner determines his price, his ultimate goal is usually an hourly amount. Such prices may seem steep, but one must remember that window cleaning costs are not set by employees. They are set by skilled business owners whose businesses incur many expenses. Such expenses include: liability insurance, workers compensation, equipment purchases and maintenance, payroll, self-employment taxes, travel and vehicular expenses (gas gas and more gas!), advertising, leased office or home office expenses, pre-established route purchases, start-up financing debts, and more. Furthermore, window cleaning is one of the most dangerous occupations in the country and thus that reality is reflected in the price.