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    Default Adjusting your prices for 09??

    I am leaning for the first time in years not to raise my prices for this upcoming season. Obviously the economy state being the way it is that is the top reason why I am considering not raising my prices for 09. The other huge reason will most likely be the cost of Fuel which as of right now is about half of what it was last summer.

    My prices are never low to start out with because all these years I always had a full time job to fall back on. Of course I needed to be much more competitive in my prices the last few years so I can keep my guys busy and also make my bottom line productive enough to make it worth it to deal with all the headaches that go into running a business.

    What are you guys thinking about doing with your prices for this year??

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    Are you losing jobs? Upon what basis are you lowing prices?

    I raised my prices. Everything for me is more expensive---why shouldn't I charge more? Some stain prices going up 20%.

    JohnnyT---a lot of the recession business is perception and attitude. Don't participate in it. Think about this: if 10% of people in nyc are losing their jobs, then let's assuming 10% of Pwashers are going under. 10% less business, but 10% less servers. Wash. Raise your prices, stick with business as usual. Improve your sales angle, make more $$, and be in phenomenal shape when the economy picks back up!
    efiF, .M noJ
    (four one seven) 496-7829

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    We are not adjusting any prices just doing business as normal. Only adjusting prices as our good and services go up, and if they go down we will offer discounts to customers.
    We did pre-advertising last fall and have customers left over from last year that we did not get to in time before bad weather conditions moved in on us. We are just sitting and waiting for spring type weather and then I will be hiring at least three new employees to start the season and maybe four. Guess we are lucky because our only head aches maybe hiring and training fresh blood. Already booked up to at least for the first month to two months.
    Tony Szabo
    Midwest Mobile Washers
    800-804-7517
    midwestmobilewashers@frontiernet.net
    www.midwestmobilewashers.com

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    [quote=Jfife;7167]Are you losing jobs? Upon what basis are you lowing prices?quote]

    I am not going to lower any prices but alot of my prices will stay the same. Basically I was increasing my prices around 10%/yr for the last few years on average but I for the first time in my life am a bit pessimistic about something.....and that something is the economy. I am bracing myself for 09 to be a Hugely bad year here all around me. I am going to most likely put more money towards advertising but I am expecting to get a lower % of jobs out of my advertising.

    On the flip side of that I am looking forward to the UAMCC opening there doors for membership and to keep networking for any potential jobs that may come my way.

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    I'm not changing my prices either. But, I have added on an extra service here and there to get the business. Such as adding on a dumpster area or grease can cleaning, takes an extra 30 minutes. But the prices remain the same.
    Danny Bates
    Lone Star Power Cleaning
    Arlington, TX
    817-681-9239
    danny@lonestarpowercleaning.com
    www.lonestarpowercleaning.com
    Lone Star Power Cleaning on Facebook

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    Keeping my prices about the same.....economy has not produced much work this winter here.....

    Serving Bryan-College Station-Huntsville-Madisonville Texas Area

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    We have raised labor prices this year. We planned for a slow Winter and pretty much got it. Now we have adjusted our financial & business plan to account for the slow economy. All in all, it still should be a pretty good year.
    Our Passion is Coatings,
    Our Obsession is Service!

    Terry Miller COO
    Tegrey Family of Coatings inc.
    330-418-8955

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    If they are calling you, they have the money or they would not have called.

    My prices are going up. When my phone stops ringing, then I will need to figure something else out
    JC Power Wash & Soft Wash LLC
    Jim Chesmore
    609-412-3033
    www.JCSoftWash.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by JCinNJ View Post
    If they are calling you, they have the money or they would not have called.

    My prices are going up. When my phone stops ringing, then I will need to figure something else out
    That is a good point. When I sold cars our managers pounded that concept into our heads. ALmost every customer on the lot, has the want, need and means to buy a car. The "im just looking" crowd are the biggest new salesman killer, but a seasoned salesman will close them at least 40-50% of the time.

    If customers are calling about getting teir roof or house washed, they have the desire and the cash to do it. Now the exceptions are the ones who have gotten it done in the past for 1/3 of what you charge, but even they can be brought around.

    Good point Jim!
    Scott Davis
    Confident Roof Cleaning

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    -House wash price are staying the same
    -Roof cleaning min. is going up a hundred dollars (i keep getting yes answers instead of no)
    -Lawn Care min. is going to $40 a week
    -Landscaping prices will stay about the same for installs, prices will adjust to plant price in creases
    DJ Carroll
    President of [COLOR=Blue]EasyPro[/COLOR] [COLOR=SeaGreen]Property Services[/COLOR], LLC.
    502-525-EASY
    Carrollton, KY 41008
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