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    • PositivelyPerturbed
    • By PositivelyPerturbed 14th Mar 18, 10:38 AM
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    Window cleaning etiquette
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    • 14th Mar 18, 10:38 AM
    Window cleaning etiquette 14th Mar 18 at 10:38 AM
    I hired a window cleaner yesterday - an old man who I saw cleaning windows on my street. He only charges 3.50 to clean the windows and doors including frames and sills. I think this is far too cheap and I'm wondering if there is some window cleaning etiquette that I don't know about? For instance, is tipping expected, or do you pay what you think the job is worth?
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    • Doozergirl
    • By Doozergirl 14th Mar 18, 10:43 AM
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    Wow. If that's his price, that's his price but I would tip really quite heavily if I felt something was worth more. There's cheap and then there's being taken advantage of. I used to tip Uber drivers rather heavily but prices have risen quite a bit.
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    • need an answer
    • By need an answer 14th Mar 18, 10:51 AM
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    Maybe its a case of if he prices his work slightly lower then more will take him up as their window cleaner.

    If perhaps he were to charge more he may get less work so maybe its just the point he wishes to pitch his services at.

    Presumably he may even want to trade on word of mouth,its better for him to be cleaning 5 sets of windows on a street for 3.50 than 2 for 5.

    Nothing wrong with spreading the word amongst your neighbours or indeed tipping if you think he is doing a good job
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    • TheCyclingProgrammer
    • By TheCyclingProgrammer 14th Mar 18, 11:04 AM
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    I!!!8217;d wait until you see how good a job he!!!8217;s done for 3.50 before you start considering tips!
    • Doozergirl
    • By Doozergirl 14th Mar 18, 11:07 AM
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    • 14th Mar 18, 11:07 AM
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    • 14th Mar 18, 11:07 AM
    Maybe its a case of if he prices his work slightly lower then more will take him up as their window cleaner.

    If perhaps he were to charge more he may get less work so maybe its just the point he wishes to pitch his services at.

    Presumably he may even want to trade on word of mouth,its better for him to be cleaning 5 sets of windows on a street for 3.50 than 2 for 5.

    Nothing wrong with spreading the word amongst your neighbours or indeed tipping if you think he is doing a good job
    Originally posted by need an answer
    I pay 15! He could come and do mine once.

    Who pays 3.50? He could do five sets at 5 easily.
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    • getmore4less
    • By getmore4less 14th Mar 18, 11:25 AM
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    That's very cheap and suggest he may not have factored in all his costs especially his liability insurance.

    Is it just the front or does he do the back as well for that?

    If he has all the tools so not factoring in replacements or costs of transport then 3 houses at 3.50, 20 mins a house is over 10 an hour which is more than a lot of unskilled jobs.
    • EssexExile
    • By EssexExile 14th Mar 18, 11:46 AM
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    If he's good I'd give him a fiver. I've found window cleaners tend to disappear after a while, he may not disappear if you do that!
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    • Jackmydad
    • By Jackmydad 14th Mar 18, 11:46 AM
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    I'd give the bloke a tip,
    Here's my tip
    "Make sure you get right into the corners when cleaning windows"

    Seriously if he does a decent job I'd give him a decent tip.
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    • pollypenny
    • By pollypenny 14th Mar 18, 1:16 PM
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    • 14th Mar 18, 1:16 PM
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    • 14th Mar 18, 1:16 PM
    My window cleaner charges 9, so I give him 10 and tell him to keep the change.
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    • Lorian
    • By Lorian 14th Mar 18, 1:44 PM
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    1st floor windows too?

    how long does it take him for his money....?
    • bertiewhite
    • By bertiewhite 14th Mar 18, 1:53 PM
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    3.50 is expensive - I do mine for free.
    • PositivelyPerturbed
    • By PositivelyPerturbed 14th Mar 18, 3:43 PM
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    Takes him about 25mins and he does the first floor too
    • Grenage
    • By Grenage 14th Mar 18, 4:12 PM
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    25 round our way!

    I'd be happy with 15; but then again, I've only had our windows cleaned once. I had our windows washed once in four years at the last place.
    • TheCyclingProgrammer
    • By TheCyclingProgrammer 14th Mar 18, 6:17 PM
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    I pay 15! He could come and do mine once.

    Who pays 3.50? He could do five sets at 5 easily.
    Originally posted by Doozergirl
    Yup, I pay my guy 17 (used to be 15) for the whole house, including outside of the conservatory (excluding the roof) and my garden office. He uses a water fed pole system with his own water tank, does a good job and always has time for a coffee and chat.
    • TheCyclingProgrammer
    • By TheCyclingProgrammer 14th Mar 18, 6:18 PM
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    Takes him about 25mins and he does the first floor too
    Originally posted by PositivelyPerturbed
    So he's barely making minimum wage (and that's before factoring in additional costs he would have that an employee wouldn't, like insurance etc.).
    • Lorian
    • By Lorian 14th Mar 18, 6:21 PM
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    I'd at least do the "here's a fiver keep the change" routine every time, and then you are still getting extremely good value.
    • glasgowdan
    • By glasgowdan 14th Mar 18, 6:28 PM
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    He's obviously just keeping himself from going to the pub with that window round and I expect he's not in the least bit interested in the nuts and bolts of running a successful business. Good on him. It'd be good to be able to switch off and enjoy each day as it comes.
    • shortcrust
    • By shortcrust 14th Mar 18, 6:30 PM
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    He's obviously just keeping himself from going to the pub with that window round and I expect he's not in the least bit interested in the nuts and bolts of running a successful business. Good on him. It'd be good to be able to switch off and enjoy each day as it comes.
    Originally posted by glasgowdan
    I was thinking the same. He must enjoy it for that money. Everyone's a winner.
    • bertiewhite
    • By bertiewhite 15th Mar 18, 7:54 AM
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    Yup, I pay my guy 17 ....................... and always has time for a coffee and chat.
    Originally posted by TheCyclingProgrammer
    I bet he does for that sort of money.
    • Heedtheadvice
    • By Heedtheadvice 15th Mar 18, 11:52 AM
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    I'm wondering if there is some window cleaning etiquette that I don't know about?
    Well it used to be rattle your ladder, whistle loudly but then beam a big smile if you caught somebody 'unawares' in their birthday suit!
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