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post #1 of Old 06-07-2011, 03:48 PM Thread Starter
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Bidding Help!!!!ASAP

Hello All:
I need your help with bidding commercial. I was invited by this company ( they have 2 locations) to give a bid on 1/week cleaning.
I do not have square footage...( was not given to me ) and I cannot estimate. I took a tour of both facilities and here are my notes.

Duties: Vaccum, Sweep and Mop, Dust, Clean Windows/ glass doors

Location One: Carpet floors-
3 bathroom ( wih 2 toilets/ sinks each)
Kitchen area and clean inside refridgerator
Show Room, Conference, Room, Front Desk and other offices totaling - 12 offices.
Windows,/ glass doors

Location 2: Carpet Floors
2 bathroom ( 2 toilets each) and one has a shower
2 kitchen areas and 2 refridgerators
7 offices in all ( including gym, front desk area).
Windowas and glass doors

They would like a quote with supplies and without supplies ( right now they do provide the supplies for the cleaning)

I am thinking of 4-5 hours per location. That means 10 hours per week. I will be working with my spouse.
I thinking of giving a quote of $600 per month. what do you all think???

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post #2 of Old 07-06-2011, 10:21 AM
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If you don't have the sq footage, try to estimate how long you will spend in each room. Don't be afraid to ask how much they are spending on supplies right now. This gives you an idea how much to ad to the bill. The supplies could eat you up if they go through a lot.
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If your gonna price these accounts by s.f, get a measuring wheel from Lowe's or Home Depot. For these two locations, I would submit a bid based on "what your time is worth." Consider too, your travel time (gas prices). Example. I clean an HVAC supply house once a week. It's approx. 2,000 s.f. It includes a small retail front, service area, a tiny break room & a small office area. There are also 4 bathrooms (sink & toilet). I vacuum four throw rugs, dust/wet mop VCT floors, sanitize/clean bathrooms & sinks, replace two 45-gallon trash liners, replace 4 waste paper basket liners and wipe off the breakroom table, 2 desks and the retail store countertops. This job takes me 2 hrs. to complete. I get paid $90.00 cash. I think my time is worth $45./hr and apparantly so does the company. I've been cleaning this location for three years. This location is 12 minutes from my home. I don't charge travel time because of the short distance. Ask yourself, what is my time worth/hr. for both you and your wife? This might make pricing of this account easier.

As far as the supplies, charge the client what you'd pay for your supply purchases. Separately list your supplies. Hope this helps.
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post #4 of Old 07-23-2011, 04:48 PM
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"I get paid $90.00 cash"

Cash huh? Hmmm. Your price per hour is high, on average most companies in a competitive market would not be able to charge that amount no matter how good you are.
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You really need to know upfront with what your time is worth like the post above. Then its just determining how long each job takes. That my friend will come in due time.
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As most of the others have already said, couple of things you need to look at to make sure you're profitable on this job and don't merely bid a number just to get the account. First, you need to get a measuring wheel. Always calculate the square footage of the building so when you sit down to work your numbers for your bid, you can plug in your production rate (how many sq ft per hr you can clean) divided by the total square footage to arrive at the necessary time needed to clean the building. Second, you need to know what your hourly rate is. This number is determined by costs such as overhead, supplies, insurance, labor, etc. you should have an accurate number that covers your cost + profit percentage. Let's say $25/hr for the sake of argument. Now, you said it should take 10 hrs/ wk for the 2 buildings. Multiply 25x10=250. $250 per week x 4.33 (avg month) = $1,082. Then you can figure your supplies in from there. Good luck!

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As most of the others have already said, couple of things you need to look at to make sure you're profitable on this job and don't merely bid a number just to get the account. First, you need to get a measuring wheel. Always calculate the square footage of the building so when you sit down to work your numbers for your bid, you can plug in your production rate (how many sq ft per hr you can clean) divided by the total square footage to arrive at the necessary time needed to clean the building. Second, you need to know what your hourly rate is. This number is determined by costs such as overhead, supplies, insurance, labor, etc. you should have an accurate number that covers your cost + profit percentage. Let's say $25/hr for the sake of argument. Now, you said it should take 10 hrs/ wk for the 2 buildings. Multiply 25x10=250. $250 per week x 4.33 (avg month) = $1,082. Then you can figure your supplies in from there. Good luck!
This was very helpful for me..when I get my first chance to bid!
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Happy,
As most of the others have already said, couple of things you need to look at to make sure you're profitable on this job and don't merely bid a number just to get the account. First, you need to get a measuring wheel. Always calculate the square footage of the building so when you sit down to work your numbers for your bid, you can plug in your production rate (how many sq ft per hr you can clean) divided by the total square footage to arrive at the necessary time needed to clean the building. Second, you need to know what your hourly rate is. This number is determined by costs such as overhead, supplies, insurance, labor, etc. you should have an accurate number that covers your cost + profit percentage. Let's say $25/hr for the sake of argument. Now, you said it should take 10 hrs/ wk for the 2 buildings. Multiply 25x10=250. $250 per week x 4.33 (avg month) = $1,082. Then you can figure your supplies in from there. Good luck!
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If you don't have a building sq foot,try counting ceiling tile.that if they're squared.some tile are two feet long,some are 4 feet and so on,L*W.It will come pretty close.Some people don't have building sq foot,some will keep that information to their self.To get cheap bids,than there is time a room might be,crowded with desks,and other thing,using a wheel might be hard.That my little two cents.
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Your message shouldn't be limited to only one or a few sections of your cleaning bid, but should instead be reflected in your wording used and explanations given throughout the proposal. For example, commitments to quality and service apply to how you handle cleaning supplies and equipment as much as they do to how your people are trained and supervised. Your cleaning prospects need to see and read about it in every part of your cleaning bid.
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