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post #1 of Old 02-25-2016, 09:09 PM Thread Starter
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How should I bid on an entire apartment complex?

So I have a potential client that has asked me to send a proposal on how much the cleaning would be. There's 4 apartment complexes and one office building/clubhouse. Each complex has 55 apartments, each building with different sized apartments. 650 sqft, 800 sqft, and the last two are 1,100 sqft. Each complex is two stories and they would like us to clean it three times a week, 8 hours each of those three days. They want that to include the 4 laundry rooms, stair cases, outside windows, and occasionally vacant apartment plus the office and clubhouse. I was thinking of charging them per hour. I was going to charge 70/hr x 96 total hours a month which = 6,720. I was also going to charge per sqft (10 cents per sqft). My math gave me a total of 200,750 sqft I divided it by two since I'm not going to be cleaning the entire building, and I got 100,375 and multiplied that by 0.01 and got 1,003.75 and multiplied that by 4 and got a total of 4,015. I don't know if my math is right or if my prices are too high/low. Anyone got any inputs?? Oh and by the way, this is in Illinois. I know the state makes a bit of a difference depending on location.
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Wish I could help but I'm in the same boat, new janitorial business. Good luck tho.

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I normally work it out using hours and number of staff required and chemicals all expenses required to carry out the cleaning and then after adding up the expenses I add my profit , good luck
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post #4 of Old 07-10-2016, 06:33 AM
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So I have a potential client that has asked me to send a proposal on how much the cleaning would be. There's 4 apartment complexes and one office building/clubhouse. Each complex has 55 apartments, each building with different sized apartments. 650 sqft, 800 sqft, and the last two are 1,100 sqft. Each complex is two stories and they would like us to clean it three times a week, 8 hours each of those three days. They want that to include the 4 laundry rooms, stair cases, outside windows, and occasionally vacant apartment plus the office and clubhouse. I was thinking of charging them per hour. I was going to charge 70/hr x 96 total hours a month which = 6,720. I was also going to charge per sqft (10 cents per sqft). My math gave me a total of 200,750 sqft I divided it by two since I'm not going to be cleaning the entire building, and I got 100,375 and multiplied that by 0.01 and got 1,003.75 and multiplied that by 4 and got a total of 4,015. I don't know if my math is right or if my prices are too high/low. Anyone got any inputs?? Oh and by the way, this is in Illinois. I know the state makes a bit of a difference depending on location.
Just curious...were you able to obtain this bid? If so, what was the final bid and did everything work out?
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Nice find! How ever much you charge him make sure you do a quality job so hell want repeat service.
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post #6 of Old 07-19-2016, 12:51 AM
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My suggestion is don't bid if you are not sure how to price it. Gradual growth while understanding your costs and profit margins is much better than sudden growth with lack of knowledge and resources. Handling the stress and providing the capital needed for a large complex are best obtained over time skills. Good Luck!

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The basic structure of this building would be best if left in an uncomplicated "four square" design. Most owners rely on both an architect and a contractor, and the architect will require approximately 10 - 17% of the total building budget;
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