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    Many of you may already been aware of this, but many are not.

    Google maps has a street view mode. Roving google subcontractors drive through towns and film streets in 360 degree circles. These are very current photos and in many instances give you a clear view of three sides of a home. Combined with a satellite view and a square footage quote from Zillow or a local assesment office, you don't have to visit the house to put together a very accurate proposal.

    Has your street been done?

    http://maps.google.com/help/maps/streetview/
    Ken Fenner
    PressurePros, Inc
    House Washing
    Pressure Washing Companies




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    I use it alot. I look it up on those sites and then I give the customers a minimum range and I ask them if they would like me to come out and give them a FREE EXACT NON-OBLIGATORY ESTIMATE. Once they say yes the job is pretty much a sold deal.
    Florin Nutu
    ALL WASHED UP EXTERIOR CLEANING LLC
    206-380-4555

    Seattle Roof Cleaning and Pressure Washing
    email--- allwashedupexterior@gmail.com

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    We do all of our estimates by phone. And it is possible by using google for the street view and maps.live.com for the birdseye. There has never been a suprise when we got to a house, where we said to ourselves, "damn I wish I would have estimated this in person." Our avergae job is 40-60 miles each way, so onsite estimates that we may close only 20-30% of the time, would cost us more in gas than we would end up making. The google street view and maps.live.com are invaluble tools for estimating.
    Scott Davis
    Confident Roof Cleaning

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    Quote Originally Posted by PressurePros View Post
    Many of you may already been aware of this, but many are not.

    Google maps has a street view mode. Roving google subcontractors drive through towns and film streets in 360 degree circles. These are very current photos and in many instances give you a clear view of three sides of a home. Combined with a satellite view and a square footage quote from Zillow or a local assesment office, you don't have to visit the house to put together a very accurate proposal.

    Has your street been done?

    http://maps.google.com/help/maps/streetview/
    Fenner, i started a thread about this very topic months ago over at Bob's, with very little interest or reply. This tool alone more than likely saved me a few hundred or more in gas this past summer. Great topic.
    Precision Power Washing & Non-Pressure Roof Cleaning Evansville, IN 270-860-7894
    Kevin O'Bryan; Owner/Operator

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    So how do you guys that use this method implement it?

    When I get calls, Im usually working, so I cant just go online and pull up their address and give a rough estimate.
    I wouldnt feel right telling a "potential customer" that I'll have to look up their property online and get back to them.
    If it is something odd ball like a patio or deck, I have to look at it.
    Problem to is that livemaps.com or google maps wont always show the property, so then your pretty much obligated to see it or use you best judgement and give a ball park figure.

    Hows everyones success with this?
    Chad Johnson
    East Tennessee Power Washing
    Knoxville, Tn.
    www.easttnpowerwashing.com

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    Chad, I am going to use it in conjunction with my website leads. But I am also going to use it for all leads so I have a heads up before I go do the sale. I schedule estimates for weekends only so when someone calls during the week I tell them I'll be there on Saturday or Sunday depending how I route myself. This gives me the time to use the online tools.

    How cool is it to show up with an estimate sheet with the customers name and a picture of their property on it? Just another way to notch up your professionalism in the eyes of the public.
    Ken Fenner
    PressurePros, Inc
    House Washing
    Pressure Washing Companies




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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnson View Post
    So how do you guys that use this method implement it?

    When I get calls, Im usually working, so I cant just go online and pull up their address and give a rough estimate.
    I wouldnt feel right telling a "potential customer" that I'll have to look up their property online and get back to them.
    If it is something odd ball like a patio or deck, I have to look at it.
    Problem to is that livemaps.com or google maps wont always show the property, so then your pretty much obligated to see it or use you best judgement and give a ball park figure.

    Hows everyones success with this?


    I always want to go and actually see the property and be face to face with the customer but for the times that I cannot I will use it. Here is how it goes for me.... They call and explain what they have that needs cleaned. I get some basic info from them and then I mention my minimum or a price range for that type of work. If still interested I tell them to give me their adress and I will take a look at their property today or tommorrow. I then look it up and if it is a home that is easily viewable thru the map sites then I will call them later in the day and tell them that I looked at their property and the price will be such and such and I tell them about the company and processes.

    Not as good of a closing ratio compared to doing it onsite but with these short daylight hours and busy times, it works.
    Florin Nutu
    ALL WASHED UP EXTERIOR CLEANING LLC
    206-380-4555

    Seattle Roof Cleaning and Pressure Washing
    email--- allwashedupexterior@gmail.com

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    My "Be all, end all" of house wash estimating was my creation of per (heated) sq/ft pricing. It allows me to give estimates immediately on the phone. Very high closing rate. It allowed me to survive the higher gas prices last year and customers absolutely understand that the cost of an estimate is actually included in the price, so not having to use the fuel and time for every estimate, it has allowed me to keep my prices down and my P/E about the same - if not better. I also never increase price for existing customers - since the cost to obtain that customer was paid the first time, I'm able to pass the savings on...and my customer's appreciate it.

    The market for house washing remains uncertain for this year, but if "WHAT GOES AROUND, COMES AROUND" is true, I look forward to a good year. Historically, my season starts around March 1 - and the phone has already started ringing. We'll see. Referrals are the lifeblood of my business, but the Yellow Book as well as my local Community Phone Book, with coupons in each, help get the phone ringing and they are delivered in the Sping...right on time for me.
    John Orr
    Former UAMCC Board Member/Treasurer
    Low-Pressure Exterior Cleaning
    757/718-5442
    http://www.exteriorcleaning.com



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    [QUOTE=John Orr;8216]My "Be all, end all" of house wash estimating was my creation of per (heated) sq/ft pricing. It allows me to give estimates immediately on the phone. Very high closing rate. It allowed me to survive the higher gas prices last year and customers absolutely understand that the cost of an estimate is actually included in the price, so not having to use the fuel and time for every estimate, it has allowed me to keep my prices down and my P/E about the same - if not better. I also never increase price for existing customers - since the cost to obtain that customer was paid the first time, I'm able to pass the savings on...and my customer's appreciate it.

    I have talked to John and many about this. We have for years done est. over the phone and got the sq. ft. of the house and told them that we are great and do more than anyone and sold a lot of jobs. We have done this for over 15 years and it does work. Then the guys go out and I give them 10-15% on any extra work they do (sell ups) and it works a little. But the guys do not get the extra because they are good but they are the guys. I have learned that going out and seperating prices and pricing out everything does work better. Meeting customers is great and they want you to look at the property so they have that warm fuzzy fealing inside and you now know what it looks like even if you did 5,000 of the same homes. There home is special.

    If you want to make more money, go out and write the estimate and leave a nice packet explaining everything you do and why they should hire you.
    Pressure washing in Pa.
    Brian Wendling
    Rolling Suds Inc.
    www.Rollingsudsinc.com

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    I looked up my house, and that picture is at least three years old. I also know it was taken on a sunday, because of where my truck was. Not super current, but it also did not provide a street view, either.
    Scott Stone
    The-washer@msn.com
    602-509-9741
    Office 480-834-3434


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