How to really bid...? - Cleaning Talk - Professional Cleaning and Restoration Forum
Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of Old 01-24-2017, 03:21 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
Join Date: Jan 2017
Posts: 3
How to really bid...?

I'm about to start-up a commercial janitorial business. I'm mostly done with my website, biz plan, flyers and sales letter. I've researched a lot, but I'm not completely sure how to bid on jobs yet. I know you charge by sq. ft. (.05-.12) for a month's invoice but how is that determined? Also, how does that effect how many times a week you should come? For example: If I charge someone .05 a sq. ft. but have to come everyday of the week; won't that kill any profit I would make?
midlandscleaningserviceSC is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of Old 01-25-2017, 12:56 PM
Senior Member
bdjanitorial's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Oregon
Posts: 224
Bidding Suggestions

ISSA publishes a book 540 Cleaning Times do a search for ISSA 540 or 612 Cleaning Times, has a pdf version. Ths book show cleaning times for cleaning stairs, cleaning walls, cleaning a restroom etc. offers a free trial for their bidding software--online bidding software where you add in sq ft, room sizes, level of cleaning such as light, moderate and your hourly rate. Then it calculates a bid bid price.

There are some rules of thumb such as 1 person "should" be able to clean 2500-4000 sq ft in 1 hour.
Another rule of thumb is that $.10 or $.05 per hour is usually for larger accounts.

2 day a week cleaning may only consist of 1 day just doing trash & recycle + restrooms + desk tops and the 2nd day cleaning may be a full service day.
It would like something like this
1 day 6 trash 6 recycle 6 desk tops 2 restrooms ( light clean)
6 minutes for trash & recycle - 3 minutes for desk tops - 6 minutes restroom

2nd day Full clean 6 minutes for trash & recycle - 3 minutes for desk tops - 10 minutes restrooms (full clean scrub out fixtures)- vacuum 10 minutes
The above is an example.
Good Luck, I have made my share of bidding boo boos, each bid is a learning experience. Brad BD Janitorial
bdjanitorial is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Cleaning Talk - Professional Cleaning and Restoration Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
What would you bid? DustBusterZ Commercial Cleaning 0 02-22-2015 12:39 PM
went over bid, what to do? 2ofeach Commercial Cleaning 2 09-26-2012 08:41 PM
went over bid, what to do? 2ofeach General Discussion 0 09-25-2012 02:16 PM
First Bid sunloverkim Commercial Cleaning 9 03-13-2011 09:28 PM
Bid kendra Business 3 09-25-2007 02:51 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome