Professional window cleaning equipment and tools can be expensive. This might come as an unwelcome surprise to those new to the business. Since you'll be using these materials in large amounts, you'll need to buy them in bulk, and the costs can add up. To prevent this from eating away at your profit margin, you’ll want to find the best quality at the lowest prices. Here are a few things to keep in mind when buying your window cleaning tools.
Professional Window Cleaning Equipment: Price vs. Quality
Having high-quality supplies can mean better results with less effort. It might make sense to invest more on pricier brands if you know that they will save you time and energy and leave your clients' windows crystal clear. Take note, though, that quality is not synonymous with a higher price tag! Sometimes cheaper brands and simpler tools provide the best results.
PRO TIP: Test out different supplies to see which ones work best for you and stick to those, even if they aren’t the flashiest name-brand items. Get recommendations from other professionals in your field who've already tested the goods and can vouch for them.
Why a Warranty on Your Window Cleaning Tools Is Worth It
Quality and pricing are important aspects to consider when shopping for your own window cleaning supplies. One aspect of the pricing structure you might not have considered, though, is the warranty that comes with your materials. If you're buying a lot of supplies and happen to get a bad batch, having a warranty means you'll be able to replace the materials without any added costs. This can be especially important when the materials or tools you're buying are expensive.
PRO TIP: When comparing prices, don't forget to consider the warranty of an item.
Warranties Are Good, but Insurance Is Better
On the other hand, a product warranty is only as good as the manufacturer’s policy. If you really want to be sure that you are covered for all eventualities, you’ll need window cleaning equipment insurance as well. Most legal businesses are required to have basic general liability insurance, and if you are cleaning windows anywhere higher than the ground floor, this is especially important for you. If you want to protect your business against the cost of replacing expensive window cleaning accessories in the event that they are damaged or stolen, you can add equipment insurance coverage to your basic liability policy.
While purchasing insurance does add a business expense, having insurance means you can charge more for your services. Clients will be willing to pay more for a service that is professionally insured.
PRO TIP: Stay covered for all eventualities with equipment insurance.
Modern Window Cleaning Tools: Apps & Software
They still haven't invented an app that can clean windows, but in today’s high-tech world, there are several digital tools that will make running your business smoother and easier than ever before. Using apps for invoicing, scheduling, accounting and other business needs frees you up to focus on reaching more clients and making their windows sparkle.
PRO TIP: Let technology do some of the heavy lifting.
Where & When to Buy
With window cleaning materials so readily available at your local hardware store, you might be tempted to do your business shopping wherever is most convenient, but this is a mistake. You’ll end up paying significantly more for each item on your window cleaning equipment list - and you won't get more value for your money.
Instead, look for a wholesaler in your area where you can purchase all your supplies. You might even be able to find a wholesaler online that can ship items to you in bulk inexpensively. Cleaning supplies can keep for a long time, so buying large amounts and stocking up on several months' worth of materials might be worthwhile if you have a good idea of your average monthly usage and have steady clients booked ahead. Keep an eye out for clearance sales and other bargain deals.
PRO TIP: Go wholesale whenever possible.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to maintain your commercial window cleaning business. Buy smart, and enjoy a higher profit margin and a more satisfactory business experience.
For more information on how insurance can protect and enhance your window cleaning business, see our page on window cleaning insurance.