Window cleaning business year round?

Is that possible lol

Spring and summer I understand you can stay busy but what about fall and winter.

I’m a year in and don’t have much of new customers that are calling now.

I guess longer I stay in business the longer I’ll stay busy I assume, just wondering if window cleaning and some other service would keep me busy year round.

Had one call the other day but that’s about it so far for september.

I have existing customers that I’m doing different work for here and there but as far as new inquiries for window cleaning during this time looks like it’s dead…

Very possible. We did it for years and many others still do.

We decided not too for the last 7-8 years.

Are you marketing or just waiting by the phone?

Depends where you live I guess, I work all year.


Since we’re in the same area, Ill give it to you straight…

September is slow until the 2 or 3rd week. Then you will get a good hit into mid-October.

It used to be that Mid-October til Thanksgiving was insane, but now its hit or miss. Definitely enough work to get by.

After Thanksgiving, people will call and book, but a hefty portion of them will reschedule til the spring, depending on the weather. If its an early cold snap, consider the season over after Turkey Day. If its nice, you’ll get a dribble of people who are planning holiday parties coming in.

Christmas to Valentine’s Day you will be dead in the water for resi. Maybe a job every two weeks. Aside from answering the phone, we actually shut down completely from Christmas Eve til Valentine’s Day/ I used to keep a skeleton crew running, but now we just use the time to “reset” for the coming year.

Storefront can be decent in the winter. I actually started this biz in the dead of winter with all storefront accounts. If we get a good storm there’s usually a few panic calls from shop owners. Also, a lot of the vagrants that do storefront around here disappear for the winter, so its prime time to swoop in. We got rid of storefront in 2012, so we just pass the info along to SF companies in the area.

Valentine’s Day to St Patrick’s Day is also a crapshoot. The phone will start ringing again, but if the weather doesn’t want to play nice, you still won’t be working. Remember, some of the biggest blizzards we have ever had were in early April.


When you shut down for that long do you have to hire new people? Do you have regulars that come back?

A little bit of both. Upper management is paid year round.

Oddly enough, I used to get a shit ton of calls between Thanksgiving and Xmas Eve… power of suggestion (of how filthy their homes are, when planning “get togethers.”)

  • that has passed over the years (even before Covid) Still uncertain, where that Urgency went…?

Agree with Chris… Beginning of September is like middle of January = dead!
… not sure why, but its ‘religious’ for my past 30 years in this business!

I have been at this 6 years and still struggle with winter in my opinion that is where route work comes into play. You’re not going to do large commercial stuff that gets done once or twice a year or homeowners that get done two to four times a year in the winter. Yes I do do homes in the winter but far less. One of the lessons I have learned is it’s better to work for less than to work for nothing. It sucks when you could go water fed pole a residential house in the spring summer or fall and you got to stop and do storefronts but look at it this way. Large commercial work is your big dollars it totally changes your annual income if you can get a hospital college etc. Residential work is your middle money. Route work is not the biggest of money but it’s always there it’s the money you can count on. As my financial advisor told me it’s great to have elephants but you also got to have rabbits and squirrels.


Now about getting those hospitals / colleges :grin:

You would laugh if you knew how I got my first hospital oh boy is it a story.

Share it. We’d love to hear :grin:

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Been at it a lot longer (but thats just because Im older, not wiser), and i agree with your post. :slight_smile:

  • I personally find, my downfall is dismissing route work, to squeeze in new calls (fairness, many are repeat/referrals these days.)
  • sometimes skipping/staggering times between service.
  • I’d really like to keep (for example) one solid time frame- maybe one week per month, where I schedule nothing but routework. (this is timely, because Im currently scheduling November, and my routework is all over the place, from the busy Summer)

I always recommend having a good mix of work. Never have all your eggs in one basket. Economic sectors fluctuate! Have a mix of different commercial accounts. Resterauts, offices, shops, gyms, ect… Residential is usually, and typically always more $. But a giant trap. You really have to be self disciplined in the summer, and spring, and save for winter time. Try to have at least 2 days commercial for every employee though.
Remember to sign up your good residential clients for extra work. Most embrace the idea.
I learned to sign up my residential for winter projects by doing high dusting, ceiling fans, blind cleaning, and outside of their main windows if the have casement, and decorative windows, mirrors, and more. Batteries changed in automatic blinds. Plus you keep in contact with your good residential clients. They think twice about other offers bc you do this, and that. I’m not saying to do plumbing, and other non cleaning jobs, but you’ll be surprised how busy you can stay if you want to.
Personally, I look forward to the downtime, and break. I’ve cleaned windows in -20 degrees before. For weeks in below zero temps. It stinks! Plus driving in bad weather. You can do it!


I’ve always done this, the “while you’re up there”/ “they have ladders” thing, but have eased off.

  • Partially because I just dont like to charge for something that I feel I/we may do half assed.

  • "“Half assed” is a bad word, maybe more like “not resulting to my satisfaction.”

  • Instead, Im COMPLETELY on board with the ‘winter break’ aspect… 30 years in this business, and Im finally getting there. ($aving over the summer is a wonderful thing!)

Maybe I should clarify the above…

  • when we show up to do your windows its…
    • ladders up *
  • *squeegees doing things that seem to defy physics *
    • smooth perfection, precision * = Almost a spectacle

But when I do add ons… it looks like we are fumbling our way, to make some ‘beer money.’

  • and I dont like that feeling/image.
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I know exactly what you mean. It takes time, experience, and skill to be a trur professional. Anything else is unacceptable.

I have 27 years experience and work year round. I let new clients know that once winter hits it is weather permitting. All my business is regularly scheduled repeat business. I have some companies that I’ve been working with for 27 years and I still clean their windows on a regular basis.

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  • I have eased off this phrasse, because I started to see a pattern, where people assumed that “weather permitting” meant that it would be the next day. (or next ‘best day’)