If you own a Pressure Washing Company and wish to get business at the local Marina there are a few things you should know. You need to be careful in bidding these types of jobs.
Square foot pricing is generally the industry standard. For example a 400 square foot one boat dock would be $1.00 per square foot times 400 square feet, which equals $400. Then there may be a price break at 900 square feet at 75 cents per square foot, another at 1500 square feet at 59 cents and another at 2250 square feet at 55 cents.
A hard to get to dock will have very little competition and you can tack on a quarter to fifty cents per square foot. Large piers and marina docks should be bid lower for a routine maintenance program even though the first wash will be a real tough job. Twenty-five cents per square foot will leave you with an excellent profit margin.
The other way to bid a job is by charging an hourly rate plus material costs. For example: $75.00 per hour x 4.5 hours = $337.50 + $64.00 material costs = $401.50
The average deck washer hourly rate is $65 - $90 an hour across the country. Since very few people specialize in docks and there is required environmental knowledge and experience to do it correctly; you should bid a little on the high side. $85 - $90 per hour if you go by hourly bidding. Although we recommend a per square foot bid, eventually you'll be good at judging and be able to quote a price within seconds by just a glance.
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