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Cost To Starting A Power Washing Business

A Guide to Start-up Costs

SUMMARY: This article presents information on costs associated with beginning a pressure washing business – either as a new enterprise or as an add-on to existing services. The most up-to-date information can be found by contacting Powerwash.com at 1-800-433-2113.

When looking at how to start a pressure washing business, the first bit of information you need is how much it will cost. Surprisingly, depending on which market segment you plan to enter, the investment is quite reasonable. Typically, start up costs for beginning a mobile power pressure washing business will range from $2,500 to $10,000 (this includes a power washer and basic accessories and chemicals). The most expensive item is the pressure washer itself. Its power, hot water or cold water system, cleaning capacity, and fuel source all have an impact on price. In addition, as the size of the pressure washer increases, transporting the equipment becomes a factor.  Powerwash.com can help you determine the best setup for the work you plan to do and for your budget.

For more information contact Powerwash.com or see the article How to Choose Pressure Washing Equipment on this website.

In this article, you can find the following information:

Average Contractor Hot High Pressure Washer Specifications
Average Contractor Cold High Pressure Washer Specifications
Basic Equipment Charts
House Washing
Exterior Wood Care {Decks & Fences}
Fleet Truck Washing
Flat Work
Kitchen Grease Exhaust Cleaning
Awning Cleaning
Safety Equipment

Average Contractor Hot High Pressure Washer Specifications

A good, workhorse, hot water high pressure wash system will have the following specifications:

  • 16 to 20 hp
  • 4 to 6 gpm
  • 3,000 to 3,500 psi
  • Water heating capability of 200ºF
  • Price Range: $4,000 to $8,000

Average Contractor Cold High Pressure Washer Specifications

A cold water, high pressure washer will have the following specifications:

  • 13 hp
  • 4 gpm
  • 3,000 to 4,000 psi
  • Price Range: $1,400 to $3,000

Purchasing the equipment is not the only option; many companies pressure washer leasing plans. Powerwash.com has a number of leasing programs available at exceptional rates. Contact us for details at 1-800-433-2113.

While the price range given includes the basic equipment necessary to start a mobile power washing business, (depending on the line of business you are entering), there is more equipment you many want to consider. The accompanying charts are general guidelines to give an idea of what to expect. The best way to get started is to contact the professionals here at Powerwash.com. We will meet with you to find out what you want to accomplish and then show you the different options available.

Related Articles

How to Choose Pressure Washing Equipment
Mobile Power Pressure Washing: Tips, Techniques, and Chemical Usage Guide
Marketing Your Mobile Pressure Wash Business
Add Pressure Washing to Power Profitability
Deck Cleaning for the Mobile Pressure Wash Contractor
Deck Sealing for the Mobile Pressure Power Wash Contractor
Mill Glaze

Basic Equipment Charts

Please refer to our catalog or contact one of our customer service representatives for pricing and other details.

House Washing

QTY ITEM POWERWASH.COM PRODUCT LISTING
1 Hot High Pressure Washer (for oil and grease removal on driveways) RK-40C, RK-42, or
RK-43C
2 High Pressure Hose reels HR-46, HR-65, or HR-66
2 Heavy Duty Hose Reel Hook-up Kit HRHUK-HP-46-KIT-9 or HRHUK-HP-46-KIT-6
1 Pressure hose – 150 ft. R-1-150-BL
1 Heavy-duty garden hose – 100 ft. RED-100-100
2 Spray Wands W-15-79” and W-15-48”
1 Telescoping Wand 85.206.018L or 85.206.424L
Spray Tips (Assortment) QCF-2508, or QCF-2510
1 Zero Degree Rotating Nozzle ROTOMAX-3
1 Long Range Chemical Injection Nozzle M5XJet
Brushes WBR-XX
1 Telescoping Brush Handles AEH-618
1 Electric Chemical Pump CP-2000
Spray Wax W-200-05
Detergent R-109-100, V-505-50, and DNB-1430-50
Chemicals OA-50
Clear Plastic Sheeting (2 mil) POLY2MIL
Training Material DVD-509, DVD-505, DVD-Training pkg.
ADDITIONAL MATERIALS
Ladders
Wire Brush
Claw Hammer
Screw Drivers
Pliers
Pipe Wrenches
Flexible Wand
PTFE Tape
Masking Tape (1” and 2”)
Duct Tape
Caulking Gun
Caulking (variety of types)
Putty Knife and other Scrapers

Exterior Wood Care {Decks & Fences}

QTY ITEM POWERWASH.COM PRODUCT LISTING
1 Cold Water Pressure Washer 4040HG, 4035HG
2 Hose Reels HR-65 or HR-66
2 Hose Reel Hook-up Kits HRHUK-LP-65-66-KIT-10 and HRHUK-LP-46-KIT-6
1 Non-Marking Pressure Hose – 150ft. R-1-150-BL
1 Heavy-Duty Garden Hose – 110ft. RED-100-100
1 Electrical Chemical Pump CP-2000
1 Dual Lance Wand ST-54-49
2 Extension Wands W-15-79 and W-15-48
Spray Tip Assortment QCF-2508 and QCF-2510
Deck and Siding Restorer DSR-49-4
Deck and Siding Restorer and Stripper DSR-50
Oxalic Acid OA-50
Detergent R-109-100
Clear Plastic Sheeting (2mil) POlY2MIl
ADDITIONAL MATERIALS
Claw Hammer
Crow or Pry Bar
Screw Drivers
Orbital Sander (rental)
Extension Cords
Drop Cloths
Masking Tape (1” and 2”)
Paint Brush
Airless Paint Sprayer
Ladders

Fleet Truck Washing

QTY ITEM NEEDED POWERWASH.COM PRODUCT LISTING
1 Trailer Mounted Hot High Pressure Washer w/water tank. 2A
Brushes WBR-14 and WBR-10
Brush Handles WBH-5 and WBH-8
Stack Brushes SBR-9000
Spray Tips Assortment QCF-2508,QCF-4008,QCF-2510 and QCF-4010
Portable Vinyl Wash Pits and
Ground Covers
TFTP-2075
Portable Dams and Drain Covers PD-620PD-610, and DC-4.6
1 Recycle System Recycle-16
1 Wash Pit Sump Pump wpsp-8-2300-04
1 Vacu-boom VB-20
Oil absorbent Booms, Pillows, and Pads D-6002, D-6003, and D-6008
Degreasers R-109-100, DNB-1430-50
Truck Wash Detergent V-505-50
Spray Wax W-200-05
Foam Booster R-1420
Training Material DVD-505, DVD-509, DVD-620

Flat Work

QTY ITEM NEEDED POWERWASH.COM PRODUCT LISTING
1 Trailer Mounted Hot High Pressure Washer w/water tank. 2A
Surface Cleaner CC8324D
1 Turbo Nozzle ST-457-55
1 Electrical Chemical Pump CP-2000
1 Pump-up Sprayer CIDS-2235
Portable Dams and Drain Blockers PD-620, PD-610 and DC-4.6
1 Vacu-boom VB-20
1 Vacuum Sludge Filter System VSF-55
1 Sump Pump WPSP-8
Concrete Stain Remover OA-50
Degreaser R-109-100, DNB-1430-50
Training Material DVD-105

Kitchen Grease Exhaust Cleaning

QTY ITEM NEEDED POWERWASH.COM PRODUCT LISTING
1 Trailer Mounted High Pressure Washer 2A Trailer Package
1 Cold Water Pressure Washer RK-3080
Zero Degree Rotating Nozzles ROTOMAX-3
Low Pressure Spray tips VJ-6520
Rotary Duct Spinners RDS-21-6F
Spring Clamps SPC-SET
Clear Poly Sheeting (2mil) POLY2MIL
Scrub Pads and Holders HSPK-126
1 Wet/Dry Vacuum with Sump Pump VSF-55
1 Chemical Pump CIDS-2235
Portable Dams PD-610-H
1 Foot Valve FV-3000
Oriental Detergent OD-100-05
Degreaser V-501-50
Foamer FL803
Foam Booster R-1420
Duct Access Doors (as needed)
Appropriate Safety Equipment
Training Materials  -  Ackland/Powerwash.com 5-day Kitchen Grease Exhaust Cleaning School
ADDITIONAL MATERIALS
Scrapers
Squeegee
1 Mop and Bucket
1 35 gal. plastic trash can
1 2” bulkhead fitting for plastic trash can
Step Ladder
Drop Cloths
1 3’ x 5’ x 3/4” plywood

Awning Cleaning

QTY ITEM NEEDED POWERWASH.COM PRODUCT LISTING
1 Cold Water Pressure Washer 4040HG
1 Large Spray Tip QCF-4010
1 10” Deluxe Wash Brush WBR-10
1 Aluminum Extension Brush Handle AEH-618
1 Electrical Chemical Pump CP-2000
Portable Dams and Drain Blockers PD-610-H, PD-620-H, and DC-4.6
1 Sump Pump WPSP-8-2300-04
Fabric Awning Cleaner AC-12
Vinyl Awning Cleaner RP-1020
Training Materials DVD-509
Step Ladder

Safety Equipment

QTY ITEM NEEDED POWERWASH.COM PRODCUCT LISTING
1 Double coated PVC/Nylon Suit PRS-[SIZE]
1 pr 17” Rubber Pull-on Over-the shoe-boots BOOT-[SIZE]
1 Hard Hat HH-11
1 Hard Hat Visor HH-11-VIS-ASY
1 pr Soft Frame Goggles 4T526
1 pr Gauntlet style Rubber Gloves GAUNLET
1 Black Rubber/Cotton Apron APR-10

Related Articles

How to Choose Pressure Washing Equipment

Mobile Power Pressure Washing: Tips, Techniques, and Chemical Usage Guide
Marketing Your Mobile Pressure Wash Business
Add Pressure Washing to Power Profitability
Deck Cleaning for the Mobile Pressure Wash Contractor
Deck Sealing for the Mobile Pressure Power Wash Contractor
Mill Glaze

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS

25 thoughts on “Cost To Starting A Power Washing Business”

  • Phillip Bonner
    Phillip Bonner August 5, 2011 at 9:47 am

    I'm thinking about starting up a tractor/trailer washout business in Columbus, Ohio. Any suggesstions or tips? How much of an investment would I need to start my business? Thank you for your time and help.
    Phillip Bonner

  • Tyler Luna

    Need cost of equipment needed to start a mobile detailing car wash business

  • Michael Hinderliter

    Tyler,
    Please give our office a call at 800-433-2113. We will be happy to help with costs.

  • steve michelini
    steve michelini January 15, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    thinking of starting a small power wash buss. just decks, fencesand maybe anything else small i could handel. i have been doing my own and some familys for a few years now,i need a little side gig for extra income and thaught of this. any suggestions? i have some equipment already.

  • Robert Hinderliter

    Steve: This is Robert Hinderliter at PowerWash.com. Cost to start any business depends at what level you want to start, full time, part time, and what type of jobs you want to go after. Power Washing businesses are started everyday under $2,000 but the average is slightly under $10,000. There is a lot of variables that go into that figure. I have been helping people get start in the Power Washing Business for over 30 years. Please call me at 800-211-0286 to determine what amount is appropriate for you.

  • Bob fargason

    do you offer van mounted equipment packages

  • Chris Turner

    I am wanting to start a powerwash company. im a graveyard kind of guy an work a grave yard shift now. so on my days off i want to be able to keep working instead of going home an falling asleep. its something i dont mind doing. i like getting dirty its manly lol but i want a part time thing for now till i kan get my full roster of clientele. an kan do it on my own im tired of workin for someone else an making there pockets fatter. but the kind of work i wanna do is ( american legions) if you no what these places are? just to spray the outside spiderwebs drinks on concrete may b even rv parks or houses simple stuff or just side walks. kan u please tell me what all eqiupment i will need and if i have to have a cold or hot pressure washer to do these things i am into also include prices w/ water tanks as well please in new to this. please be spacific thank you very much for your time, patience, and understanding

  • aaron

    i m looking to start a business

  • John Hinckley

    My wife and I own our own residential house cleaning business. We are looking to expand our services to include powerwashing services. We are looking to start small and only part time to see how it takes off. Looking to start off with the most inexpensive equipment, that will get the job done. Any advice? If you could please email me that would be a preferred method of contact. Thanks.

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