Proud to be House Proud.
Nobody ever wishes to become a window or gutter cleaner, yet the harsh realities of life and a ferocious austerity government, push people like me into new opportunities.
My window and gutter cleaning service began after the birth of my son and a quickly depleting bank account after austerity cuts took their toll on my once thriving web development business.
Despite this, I pulled up my sleeves and got down and dirty (so to speak) to begin the process of spring cleaning peoples homes.
House Proud was born, and I quickly began to accumulate window cleaning customers and climbing my ladders to clean out people's gutters.
What quickly set me apart from competitors, was the full external clean service that made me Chester's most recommended cleaner.
I'm not just a gutter cleaner, I clean the full guttering inside and out, fascias, soffits with other external house features. A unique service that turned out, I believe to be the secret of House Proud's five-years of success.
What has surprised me the most is the pride I have felt over the last few years. Society looks down on window cleaners and gutter cleaning, yet I have stood tall and grown confident throughout the last five year.
I would like to thank all my House Proud customers, for whom all this would be irrelevant ramblings of a crazy man.
A proud daddy.
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A family I clean for told me they have begun telling their kids that "if they don't do their homework and do well at school, the window cleaner will come and give them a job when they leave school." Brilliant idea I say, so I would like to extend this to all my customers who have difficulty getting their kids to revise or take school work seriously.
I can be like the Top Gear 'booby-prize' car that nobody wants to drive and looming in the background ;-)
You're simply the best
I'd like to thank our wonderful customers for prompt payments. It makes a big difference to our world, and I always try to thank you by cleaning more than you'd expect.
Sunshine on a cloudy day
Have you ever wondered why I add a smiley sun to your bill on the most dreary of days? It's a small reminder that with each window clean, you are helping not only to support my son and me but help continue the Heat my Home project that is helping create a better world, and solar-powered future.
Thank you again for your support.
I had noticed a local window cleaning competitor had begun offering 'full external cleans' were before I began they didn't. Where most window cleaners only clean the glass, my innovative service, make sure your whole house is looking its best. This is important if you are proud of your home.
Still the original and still the best.
It has been a year since I first set-up my solar-powered window cleaning business and what a year it has been.
I remember my first day with a bag full of freshly printed business cards and nothing but a belly full of anticipation and determination in equal measures. I set-off on my bike to find as many houses with dirty windows as I could, unfortunately, I finished that day; weary, deflated and wondering if I had made the biggest mistake of my life.
The van was prepared, the state-of-the-art equipment was installed, and although it had a few leaks in the system, I had already invested all I had in the embryonic House Proud.
With a fast growing baby Brandon getting bigger by the day, I stuck my cards everywhere and anywhere while using my web development skills to fashion together a web presence. I knew getting my web site into Google's good books would take a bit of time, so I worked on it evenings and got out and about to find those crucial first customers during the daytime.
One thing I remember vividly was that one new customer seemed to lead to another, almost like following a trail of breadcrumbs. With many recommendations under my belt, my confidence began to grow, and something unexpected began to happen. People were paying me extra to clean other external features using my high-reach extendable pole system.
Another unexpected aspect of the business came when people wanted me to clean conservatories, clear gutters using my ladders and powerwash patios, so suddenly the business was not only growing, but diversifying too.
After a fruitful summer, the winter months were closing in fast, but I still didn't have enough customers yet. Nevertheless I had the spring back in my step, but unfortunately, it was not going to last.
The van broke down spectacularly on the A55 as Christmas was just on the horizon. The timing chain snapped and this meant a whole engine rebuild was required. Not a cheap fix and financially this nearly broke me as the fruits of my summer’s labour vanished in a single garage bill.
I write this, as the daffodils are now appearing and summer is just within our grasp. However, the winter months have been a real struggle as one after another, my laptop died, fridge freezer breaks, my car is crashed into and the wettest January and February in a hundred years takes its toll.
With that said; what has surprised me the most, is the overwhelming kindness that my customers have shown me. I now love being out and about during my day, as opposed to my previous incarnation as a web designer, where I only had the radio for company.
And with a diary full of prompt paying customers today and a web site that now brings me many more enquiries, the future may now allow me to think about employing someone to help me continue to provide the service my customers deserve.
Thank you for your custom and the prompt payments.
Stuart & Brandon.
Setting new standards in window cleaning was never going to be cheap, but after learning the ropes from my good friend Iain Sinclair window cleaners (based in my hometown of Lancaster), and a 'get you started' leg up from my family, I set up House Proud in 2013 to give my son a fighting chance in a world without mercy.
I believe window cleaning services should be about keeping the whole external house clean. With my specialist equipment, I set-up and haven't looked back. The responses and feedback from my customers have been overwhelming kind.
With many recommendations under my belt, I am happy to report that the darkest hours have been replaced by a sunnier dawn.
I believe that to appreciate the good times; one must first encounter and conquer the bad times.
I hope this is true for me and my precious son, Brandon.
I would like to thank all my customers who have reinstated my faith in the future.
I am happy to report that Brandon is growing quicker than I could ever have imagined and loves his weekends with his daddy.
Thank you for your custom.
For most of my adult life, I have never really considered being a dad. Parenthood was always something everyone else did. But now he's here; I love it.
I love making Brandon laugh; I even love changing his nappies. But before I get too gushy on you, I have to confess that the earliest stages of daddyhood for me was a complete nightmare. For the last decade, I have been optimistically pursuing a career in the solar panels industry.
As global warming becomes a more urgent issue and the price of heating our homes projects increasingly higher, it made sense that people would begin to adopt alternative ways to cushion themselves from traditional forms of power generation.
As a keen and self-taught Web developer, I began to use my combined interests to create awareness of solar panels through my web site called Power my Home. Everything was going well, and as the web site began to show fruition, my optimism for the future started to grow.
However, after the financial crash of 2008, the government (at that time) seemed to be heavily investing in greener technologies. This was all to change though when the austerity government came to power, and one of the earliest victims of the cuts was (yes, you guessed it) the solar industry.
With only a two-week warning by the government, the industry went into meltdown as multiple incentive cuts throughout 2012 and the resulting high-profile court cases (government lost plus three appeals), put off many people from adopting this vital technology. A detrimental effect on my income came just at the time Brandon was due.
Money has never been that important to me previously, as I believe we are the luckiest generation of human beings to have ever walked on the Earth, but when a newborn child is involved, my view quickly changed.
To cut a very long story short, Brandon's first year on the planet was also my worst. The financial pressures and stresses didn't show any mercy to his mom's and my relationship, and unfortunately, we were unable to stay together during this most critical of times.
I have always been an advocate of hard work pays, even if it's eventually, but finding employment was going nowhere, and the healing process for the solar industry was not on the horizon.
My window cleaning days began by noticing years before that window cleaners were only cleaning the glass and leaving the frames dirty. Remembering this, I decided I could do better. Maybe even set new standards in the window cleaning industry. After all, what's the point in having clean windows if the rest of the property looks dirty?
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