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post #1 of Old 07-06-2019, 09:14 PM Thread Starter
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Hi Everyone,

I am trying to currently land my first cleaning contract and I was wondering If I could get some help figuring out what to charge.

the opportunity is on the south shore area of massachusetts and I don't want to run the risk to overcharge and lose this opportunity.

It is for a facility that is around 1,736sq for which I would be doing mostly regular mopping + vacuum + trash pickup, monthly fridge cleaning. building has 3 bathroom once a week.

any rough help will be appreciate it. I figured that 2 people for 2 hours would be able to do everything based on previous experience.
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post #2 of Old 07-07-2019, 09:23 AM
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So what is your price? Have you included all the expenditures into the price?
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post #3 of Old 07-13-2019, 08:34 AM
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2 people for 2 hours or 4 hours total? That is way high for 1700 sq feet. Since this is a small account that is only once per week this should be bid as a minimum charge.
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post #4 of Old 07-13-2019, 02:37 PM
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If operated by the owner it's always done by results, so if you suggest weekly cleaning of fridge included in price too it will make you look professional.(besides if you clean weekly is faster than monthly)
Super detailed first class service may take you the 4 hrs. But average I may say 2 hrs., so multiply your hourly rates x 4.33 (times per month) and you have your monthly charge.
Don't be afraid to undercharge your first account, because once you have a happy customer this will be great way to have references to increase your business.
Rather to do this way than being sub-contractor or franchisee where you basically are just like worker without benefits of your own business that deals directly.
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post #5 of Old 07-16-2019, 07:22 AM
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interesting what did you decide?
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post #6 of Old 07-18-2019, 06:48 PM
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If you undercharge on the first job that's a tough way to go.

I can remember when I was first starting out I gave people good prices and as soon as the place started looking all polished they decided they could handle it themselves. Happened to me two or three times and I learned my lesson. So get paid for the work you're doing!!

On the first clean it's is safer to charge by the hour,then move to a fixed price.
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