Most people consider the pressure washing business because it is conceived to be a business that can be started with a very low investment. Simply buy a $500 pressure washer at Home Depot plus some bleach and detergent; throw it in the back of your pick up, and PRESTO, you’re in business.
Because one can get into this business with a relatively low investment you will be facing a lot of competition. Don’t be discouraged. By working smart, you can bury competition and make a lot of money. Below is a story of how we made money as exterior cleaning contractors.
In 1993 my buddy, Dick, was making a decent living doing power washing work, while I was in the air conditioning and heating business. Since he was not very mechanically inclined, he kept bugging me about helping him come up with a method to clean roof stains without using high pressure. Compared to the HVAC business, pressure washing did no seem very challenging to me, and I just could not get interested. One day, after his numerous pleads I broke down agreed to look into his business. Dick had an open trailer, a pretty good pressure washer (13 HP, 3400 PSI) 200 feet of hose coiled up, a five gallon sheetrock bucket for mixing chemicals, a case of Clorox, some Dawn detergent and a couple ladders. This was his entire business.
I felt like his idea about the roof cleaning business offered the most promise if any money was to be made, as no one was doing it. In 1993, I couldn’t even find any info on the new information highway (internet). My interest grew when Dick announced he had heard through a supplier of a company that was producing a chemical that would clean roofs with garden hose… Read more…