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Posted by: from Vancouver
9/15/2012 at 2:30:16 AM

What would be the best way of dealing with pressure wash contract?

1- per SQ Foot?

or

2- Per hour Services?

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Date/Time9/15/2012 at 10:16:45 AM

I'm assuming you are the contractor!

I would do it based on the job and the time you think it will take.

I've done concrete driveways that slope towards the street (easy and quick) and I've done patios around kidney shaped pools, where I should have been standing IN the pool to keep the direction of the spray away from the pool and the house. If you have to be delicate and avoid various obsticles the price goes up.

I never give a price without seeing the site first. Not a clear cut answer but hopefully helps.

Good luck.

Tom

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Date/Time9/15/2012 at 10:51:40 AM

Wether you are pressure washing concrete or exterior finishes on your home, whenever you are hiring someone to work on your property I would make sure there is a contract drawn up indicating exactly what is being carried out. Also make sure they have all WBC, Insurance etc.

Paying per sq foot would be cheaper. You could pay by per hour however a contract should be drawn up, to make sure the liability falls on whoever is doing the work.

Hope this helps

Best Ragards from Paul Domoslai with Monarch.

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Date/Time9/15/2012 at 10:57:43 AM

It all dpends on the job. Washing down some dirty siding is much different than cleaning a cement floor.

Look at the project and determing what is involved. I, generally, go by the area ... but also specify any issues I find will be extras.

An estimate is just that, an estmate. Explain that there may be extra costs depending on the circumstances. If all are in agreement, go for it.

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Date/Time9/15/2012 at 3:08:31 PM

I agree with the idea of assessing the job site first. There can be any number of obstacles in the way of the job. For example: Is there ladder work involved? What are the distances for length of hose? Are there power lines about? (safety), If washing a parkade, good ventilation and respiration must be considered, and as one person mentioned, a decent degree of drainage. Sometimes, there is also debris that may have to be bagged up.

It's always good to have square footage prices worked out but I only use them as a starting point to compare against the particulars of any job. That's where that actual hour calculations come in as well as a contingency.

Best regards,

Keith McTaggart

Benross Home Services Ltd.

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John from JALS Corporation in Welland
Date/Time9/16/2012 at 10:38:03 AM

If you are the contractor doing the job is this your first job? If it is you may think about how long it will take by the hour which would include all your out of pocket cost's before you put a price together.

Each job weather it is power washing siding, foundations or drive ways have differant cost's with differant soaps and cleaning products, I would suggest you do a few job's first, weigh them out this way you will be educated on differant jobs.

If you are the customer I would ask for a break down on what is involved with the job making sure that the contractor can answere all your questions.

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Date/Time9/16/2012 at 1:44:47 PM

Get a firm quotation with a signed contract.

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Al in Vancouver
Date/Time9/17/2012 at 3:45:14 PM

Thank you all for your great advices.

I think I got the picture.

Thanks again

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