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Window Washers: 7 Reasons to Hire a Professional
Posted on Wednesday, August 9th 2023


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Window Washers: 7 Reasons to Hire a Professional

At Fish Window Cleaning®, we have a 90% customer retention rate. We provide excellent, reliable service to retain our customers, which is why our customers continue to hire us for window washing as opposed to doing it themselves. If you’re wondering whether there is a benefit to outsourcing your window cleaning, you’ve come to the right place.

7 Reasons to Hire Professional Window Washers

The question isn’t whether our customers can wash their windows themselves, it’s whether they should. In our 40+ years of working in this industry and training professionals all over the U.S., we’ve seen seven key reasons why homeowners most often choose to use professional window washing companies.

1. Comprehensive Training of Professional

Professional window cleaning companies such as Fish Window Cleaning® has significant training and insurance to do the job properly. Our franchisees take 90 hours of classroom and on-the-job training to run their franchise, which includes the safe use of equipment, operational standards, best window cleaning practices, and occupational health and safety considerations. We update our franchise owners annually on issues impacting the industry and further best practices that allow them to provide a better service to the customer.

Window washing is one of those things that homeowners can do themselves, but with almost 40,000 window washing businesses operating throughout the U.S., employing more than 120,000 people, there’s a reason people choose a professional service. The national average to clean a single-pane window is $5 – making it well worth the investment.

2. Keeping Safety in Mind

No one ever thinks they are going to fall off a ladder, but it does happen, even with younger adults. A 2021 study by the National Library of Medicine noted that falls and fall-related injuries were not uncommon in young adults: 48% fell at least one time, 25% fell multiple times, and 10% reported an injury from their fall.

Window washing requires working at heights while being able to balance a bucket, cloths, and cleaning supplies. We reach farther than we should to avoid having to get down and move the ladder and that just sets up the scenario for a fall. Other factors that impact the safety of window cleaning include wind and weather and overhead obstacles such as tree branches and powerlines.

Professional window washers are trained in working at heights and in managing obstacles in a safe manner. The cost of their service is far less than the cost of a broken bone or injury that keeps you out of work or prevents you from being able to do other things.

3. Preventative Maintenance

The preventative maintenance assessment that comes with professional window cleaning is one of the most important attributes of this service. Just like you get regular oil changes in your vehicle or checkups at the dentist, identifying small problems before they become big ones is a money-saver down the road.

Professional window washers can identify problems such as chips and cracks in the frames of the window and in the window itself. They can also evaluate the frames for any wood rot and see if your seals are broken or if there are insect issues that need to be looked after. If you don’t know what to look for when it comes to window maintenance, you won’t be able to prevent a larger and more costly issue that may arise.

4. Maximize Your Time for Other Projects

According to consumer research, professional window washers can usually clean a home’s windows in half the time it would take a homeowner. Instead of spending 5-6 hours a day (or maybe over two days) cleaning your windows, how else could you spend that time to accomplish other household chores? You can likely knock a few tasks off your list in the time it would take you to clean the windows.

Window cleaning is also labor-intensive and depending on the location of your windows or the age of your home, it can be a difficult job to complete. When evaluating chores to outsource, window cleaning should be at the top of your list.

5. Seniors and Aging in Place

More adults are choosing to age in place at their homes for quality of life and financial reasons. However, the home still needs to be maintained, and as people age, their ability to perform regular maintenance tasks such as window and gutter cleaning diminishes.

Outsourcing window cleaning to a professional service means you reduce the chance of a fall which is the leading cause of injury deaths among those aged 65 and older. Consider these facts by the CDC for this age group:
  • • Falls among adults aged 65 and older caused more than 36,000 deaths in 2020.
  • • Three million emergency department visits were reported in 2020 for older adult falls.
  • • Older adult falls rack up $50 billion in medical costs annually.
  • • 1 in 5 falls cause a serious injury (broken bones or head injury).
  • • Over 800,000 patients a year are hospitalized due to an injury caused by a fall.

Cleaning windows is a hard job that almost always requires working from a ladder. As we age, our balance and vision worsen – two important criteria for being able to complete this chore safely and successfully.

6. Enhancing and Maintaining Your Investment

Your home is among the biggest capital investments you will make in life. Many home-related repairs are expensive – including window replacement. Professional cleaning of windows, frames, and sills can help prolong the life of your windows and can prevent costly repairs that include addressing structural issues that occurred due to window leaks.

When it comes time to sell your home, professionally cleaned windows will enhance the curb appeal of your home and show a potential buyer that you cared for important aspects of the home which instills confidence in the sale.

7. Enhancing Your Mental Health

A New York Post article noted that the typical American needs an additional four hours in a day to complete their to-do list. The number one chore that is getting pushed aside is cleaning (38%). In addition, housework was noted by one-third of respondents as being an energy-draining chore.

People have busier lives than ever before and outsourcing a task like window washing is one way you can improve your quality of life. Your mental health has value, and it’s certainly more than the cost of having your windows professionally cleaned and inspected.

Make a Confident Choice with Fish Window Cleaning®

If you’re new to having your windows professionally cleaned, or you’ve had poor experiences with other window washing companies, we encourage you to give us the opportunity to show you how a professional window cleaning service should operate.

We are so committed to your satisfaction that we offer a guarantee on our work. Book us for a one-time cleaning or set up a schedule so you never have to worry about this home maintenance chore again. Request a free estimate.

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