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post #1 of Old 02-23-2008, 11:40 AM Thread Starter
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first commercial construction bid too high?

Hi ya'll,

I put in a bid for my first 'commercial' construction cleanup job. Its for a final clean only and indoors.

The facility is a single story office building. Its about 8,000 sf
and has 37 windows and 5 glass doors.

I faxed a bid yesterday for $1702 This is at my .20 cents sf rate and $5 each for windows/glass doors (inside & out). Others specs of the job include:

The usual removal of debris/trash, walls, baseboards, vents & light fixtures, doors/frames/ hardware, etc.

Sanitizing - (when its safe on the material, I sanitize all 'highly touched' surfaces): bathrooms, of course (including stall walls/doors), kitchen plumbing fixtures, etc.. but also cabinetry, countertops, plug & light switch covers, doorknobs.

Vacuuming/ sweep & mop carpet/floors.

Sweeping the outdoor walkways (along the front & one whole side of this building)

They also want the carpets steam cleaned (5309 sf) = one day rental for shampooer (about $30 cost)

The builders have left the place pretty clean - mainly just removing labels and microdust for the most part. There is a file 'room' (about 16 x 12') with those tall rolling file dividers that will have to be dusted ( about 5 with appx. 100 + file slots per side), but
the whole place shouldn't take over a few days to clean and I'd make a
really nice profit.

Does this bid sound appropriate for this job or does commercial usually go for less than residential?

My cleaning business is 'green' cleaning only (from day one)and it is stated in the bid. The the building is just down the road from me. I'm hoping this may help me get the job ....


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I charge about ten percent less.
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Commercial is generally less.

Pricing does depend somewhat on where you are located so you might be ok or you could be too high
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post #4 of Old 09-02-2012, 03:36 AM
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I think they charge high for the quality and brand .
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post #5 of Old 12-26-2012, 01:48 PM
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That is a big one for Commercial I would have charged less. Although it depends how you pitch it, if you're products are high quality then so should the price.
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Thank you for the*informative*posts.
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post #7 of Old 02-26-2014, 08:32 AM
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very well said. prices will depends how big the cleaning is
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I dont know alot about doing estimates but if you get that job thats a nice profit! I dont think there are lot of people here in commercial cleaning.

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I agree they charge for big brand.
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