How to Start a Roof Cleaning Business

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Roof cleaning is a laborious, but potentially lucrative, way to make a living. To make the most of your business, there are several things you’ll want to look into, including, but not limited to: startup costs, marketing, franchise opportunities and location. However, if you are willing to do the work and research, you can begin a successful roof cleaning business. After all, many homeowners may not be fond of climbing up there themselves!

  • Determine your startup costs. There are some basic costs entailed with starting a roof cleaning business. At the very least, you will need to purchase cleaning supplies, ladders and a rinsing tool. You may also want to consider purchasing insurance.

  • Identify a marketing strategy. There may be several roof cleaning companies in your area. Research the most popular ones (one way to identify them is to investigate them at the Better Business Bureau, or look into the larger, franchised companies) and find out where they do the most business. You may want to come in at a lower cost and use low-cost advertising like flyers. Also, offer a more personalized approach. Since you are just beginning the business, use it as an opportunity to give each potential customer one-on-one attention.

  • Location, location, location. Since you’ll be up on the roofs of homes and businesses, consider the seasonal nature of the work. You may be limited to the milder months if working in the Midwest. However, a southern climate would extend the time during which you would be able to operate.

  • Finally, think about opening a franchise. Although you would have to work by their rules, the marketing would already be done, and the cleaning supplies would be predetermined. You also would have the benefit of the business’ pre-existing resources from which to draw.

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