HiLowash keeping your farm business squeaky clean
AFTER working as a horticulturalist and landscaper in Melbourne for many years, Rod Halsted decided he wanted to get out of the office and find himself a one-man business that was both unique and lucrative.
“I left Melbourne and moved to Albury and I noticed that there were a lot of tiled roofs covered in moss, so then I looked around a bit more and noticed that there were a lot of dirty building around,” Mr Halsted said.
“One day I was out and about and saw this bloke pressure cleaning his drive way and the type of pressure washer he was using…well it was going to take him hours to do the job.
“So this got me thinking about if you can use a machine to do a job instead of physical labour then you should, so I went to checkout Spitwater pressure cleaners and decided I could do this type of work with good machinery.”
Three years later, Mr Halsted is now a very busy man running his HiLowash pressure cleaning business where he cleans everything from moss off roofs to silos, farming machinery, dairies, concrete, bitumen, factories and virtually anything else that needs a good industrial clean.
“I had a dairy farmer call me in to clean their dairy and they were so happy they got me in a second time, which is great.
“But it’s not just dairy farms I clean, I can clean silos, ma- chinery, I do work for the Wodonga Council and regularly clean the pavement outside The Cube, I clean inside the tanks and clarifiers for North East Water and I’m even travelling to Sydney to clean the Darrel Lea chocolate factory for a second time.
“Even if there is no access to water, I have 40 minutes of water I can use and we can get in a water tanker and hook it up to the machinery and do a full day’s work,” he said.
HiLowash has grown and grown since its humble beginnings when Mr Halsted outlay $1700 for a ute and $600 for his first pressure washer.
Today the company has $130,000 worth of equipment, “money in the bank” and has expanded into all areas of pressure washing.
“I am a big believer in that if you get up early and work a long day you will have a successful business,” Mr Halsted said.
“Also advertising your busi- ness ends up paying for itself.
“If I didn’t advertise like I do people just wouldn’t know I was here.
“Quality machine and advertising everything I made.
“So I run this advertisement on the radio and part of it has line where I ask you to get a pen and I say I will be right back.
“Then some other ads play and then it comes back to me and I say ‘Got a pen?, Right o, here’s the number’.
“So now, every person I bump into says to me, ‘Have you got a pen?’
“It has kind of become our catchphrase, so I am having some pens printed with ‘Got a pen?’ printed on them so when they say it to me I can hand it to them.
“But the bottom line is you can advertise all you like, but if you don’t deliver a quality product people won’t come back,” Mr Halsted added.
HiLowash is now based in Rutherglen, giving Mr Halsted easy access to all in North East Victoria as he cleans the world, one business at a time.
For more information visit www.hilowash.com.au.
HARD WORKER: HiLowash owner Rod Halsted will travel all over North East Victoria to keep businesses clean.