I have recently received a request to clean someones pool, it's an outdoor pool with no screen. I have one nearly the exact same at my own house, so I would be familiar on how to keep it clean. However, the guy cleaning it prior "gave up" on it, because he can't get it blue, which worries me a little bit as he does this full time from what I understand. But I know with TFP methods I can get it blue, as long as the pump/filter is in good shape.
I have never done this before, even though I am very passionate about my own pool's maintenance, and it is something I enjoy and could see myself doing full-time. I understand the chemical aspect, but I am wondering on what type of price range I should be charging for an outdoor pool w/ no screen.
One thing that worries me is my current pool has no screen, I was calling around to get estimates on how much it'd cost to clean my pool, 3 companies wouldnt touch it, and one would but wanted to charge 140 a month.
I assume 2 trips a week minimum without a cage over the pool, the guy is older and can't really clean it much, so I would probably have to go a little overboard on the chlorine to ensure it holds enough until I return.
The pool is approx. 12k gallons I believe, it's slightly small, square shaped, has a kreepy krauly, with a sand filter and hayward pump. I want to do this as I am trying to get a pool maintenance company going on the side, so this could get me on the right track as this guy lives in a subdivision with alot of other pools.
Current equipment: Pickup truck, Long cleaning pole, skimmer, brush, leaf net, 4 liquid chlorine 12 gal jugs, plenty of muratic acid, extra vacuum lines with a manual vacuum that I never use.
I believe I could transition to this easily, but I'd like a pool professional's opinion on where to start, what type of pricing should I offer (i know this is a hard question to answer accurately, I live in FL btw), anything I am missing here? Thanks for your help in advance.
(Admins: I wasn't sure which forum this would go in, please feel free to move this if need be.)