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post #1 of Old 01-24-2011, 10:34 PM Thread Starter
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Help with office cleaning bid

I have worked with a property management company in the Chicagoland area, doing mostly move-outs cleans. Recently they asked me to bid on cleaning their office 2x per week. The office is about 6000 sq ft with the following break down

Reception area with 3 desks that are occupied with agents ( carpet )
2 bathrooms
1 Conference room ( carpet )
1 Kitchen
3 offices ( carpet )

I estimate one person 2 hours

Any help will be greatly appreciated
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post #2 of Old 01-24-2011, 11:57 PM
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I would charge $ 40.00 per occurrence or $ 346.67 per month. But I also know that property management companies don't want to pay much, so this price might be too high. But since you've been working with them before you probably have a better idea about their pricing. Just determine how much they pay you per hour when you do move-outs and go from there.
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post #3 of Old 01-25-2011, 06:50 PM Thread Starter
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Help with office cleaning bid

Thank you Alphacleaning, our numbers were very close...... I service Dupage,Will, Kendall and Kane counties. I noticed you are more in the northwest burbs. Good luck to you and thanks again.

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6,000 sq. ft office cleaning bid

According to a chart I have, based on national averages, for commercial cleaning: 6,000 sq. ft 2X per week = $57.56 per cleaning. Based on this you could be making $460.48 per month. Keep in mid that this does not include floor maintenance (stripping, waxing, buffing) carpet cleaning (i.e. extraction) window cleaning OR supplies (paper products, handsoap etc) Many companies decide what the carpet cleaning ( ex. quarterly) and exterior window cleaning (ex. quarterly) will cost, then spread that across all the cleaning. You can take the add-on services and divide them among the total number of cleaning for a set amount per cleaning OR you can charge fro "special" cleanings separately.

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I think $40 will do. Some companies charged with $.05 to $.20 per square foot depending on the type of building you are cleaning and the frequency of cleaning.

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I have worked with a property management company in the Chicagoland area, doing mostly move-outs cleans. Recently they asked me to bid on cleaning their office 2x per week. The office is about 6000 sq ft with the following break down

Reception area with 3 desks that are occupied with agents ( carpet )
2 bathrooms
1 Conference room ( carpet )
1 Kitchen
3 offices ( carpet )

I estimate one person 2 hours

Any help will be greatly appreciated
That sounds good. It is good to have a regular job. Find yourself a partner and go for it. Good luck!

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I think you should also consider the amount you'll expense on that project. Including the distance of the project site from your office. In that way you could bid much better.

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I think you should also consider the amount you'll expense on that project. Including the distance of the project site from your office. In that way you could bid much better.
Yeah, you should consider the distance too.

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For $40.00, how long would it take the average cleaner (s) to knock out a 6,000 sq ft area? Seems like just a little bit of money for a lot of area. I'd be closer to the $60 figure, but I guess I may not get the job, either. Has this industry been beat down that much to where we are making much less than we could be?
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From my experience, a person can not get rich doing commercial cleaning. If you clean yourself... you might be able to make a living. The way lots of people make money from it is to have a lot of employees/'sub contractors'. I just couldn't get used to making so little and not getting paid until much later. Even with employees I never liked the idea. Plus, all the hassle to get the job to begin with. But it works for some people. My buddy does all floor work and makes a dang good living. Kind of like this guy I know that ONLY aerate lawns. He doesn't do any mowing or anything else and he makes $60,000 a year and only works 7 months a year.
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According to a chart I have, based on national averages, for commercial cleaning: 6,000 sq. ft 2X per week = $57.56 per cleaning. Based on this you could be making $460.48 per month. Keep in mid that this does not include floor maintenance (stripping, waxing, buffing) carpet cleaning (i.e. extraction) window cleaning OR supplies (paper products, handsoap etc) Many companies decide what the carpet cleaning ( ex. quarterly) and exterior window cleaning (ex. quarterly) will cost, then spread that across all the cleaning. You can take the add-on services and divide them among the total number of cleaning for a set amount per cleaning OR you can charge fro "special" cleanings separately.

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Hi April , where can i find this chart ? This info would be very helpfull


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Any news on that chart sounds like a good resource to use?

Hello my name is Hugh Armstrong and I work for a company called Champion Cleaning Services who provide cleaning services in Warrington, carpet cleaning in Warrington & commercial cleaning in Warrington.
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Hi, I was looking for jobs here and there, and run by this website that offers to borrow and lend employees, Any good experience with borozoro here? I did get interested on the idea but wanted to hear some insights on this, thanks in advance
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For $40.00, how long would it take the average cleaner (s) to knock out a 6,000 sq ft area? Seems like just a little bit of money for a lot of area. I'd be closer to the $60 figure, but I guess I may not get the job, either. Has this industry been beat down that much to where we are making much less than we could be?

I agree. Even here in Florida, that seems very low to me. 6000 SF is a lot of territory! However, I dont do commercial cleaning, so maybe I just dont understand what is involved in it.

A 6000 SF HOUSE would take one person approximately 8 hours to thoroughly clean, unless the home had NO knick knacks and very little clutter.
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You won't build much of a business at $40.00 per cleaning of 6,000 sq.ft. We would be at $550.00 per month at a minimum on this account and more if we felt we could sell them on the benefits of our services. Don't try to compete with the lowest priced services but sell them on a premium service at prices that will help you build your business.
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Well said.

What has worked for me - and I am not some big cleaning company - its just me - was bidding slightly lower than my competitors. Over time, what has happened is that I get more work than they do, and the majority of my customers are so happy with my work they pay me the normal, going rate just to keep me! Try not to laugh too hard, but in my part of Florida, many house cleaners charge from $10 to $15 per hour. The pricier ones charge $20 to $25/hour depending on complexity, size of home, etc. Presently, almost all my customers pay me $20 per hour. Shucks, if I was still working as a nurse here, I'd make about $23 an hour! I would rather clean houses, to be frank.
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That's great that you were able to adjust your prices higher over time. Very hard to do in commercial. In commercial we also provide all of our own equipment and chemicals, not to mention that we need liability insurance and workers comp.
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I do provide all the equipment and chemicals. I prefer to use products I know clean well and smell nice because that is what my customers seem to want. It doesnt add much expense, and is worth any excess expense, to keep customers happy.
I choose not to have insurance. If I make a mistake and get injured, its my fault. I work very carefully, and cleaning a house is a whole lot safer than cleaning, say, roofs, or buuildings with high ledges, etc., that need to be dusted.

I think everyone has to find their own niche in this business. For me, that has been homes with pets, because I really do enjoy working and being around animals. Many pet owners are hesitant to have someone clean for them, because some house cleaners turn their noses up at kitty litter, dog slobber and whatever else. I promote my business by telling people that I DO like pets of all sorts, and that none of the supposed "pet messes" will bother me. Because they dont!

Years ago, when I was recovering from a major illness, I hired a woman to clean my own home. I was using a walker at the time, and owned 5 cats. You can only guess at how grubby my house was! Kitty fur rolling iin balls, kitty litter on floors, etc. Well, this woman made it absolutely clear that my home was beneath her. And she did a lousy job of cleaning, too. I felt as small as a speck of dirt that day. I paid her $60 to be made to feel awful! And vowed I would never do this to anyone again. As I look back, my home was NOT that bad - just a lot of cat hairs everywhere. It didnt come ANYWHERE as being as dirty as some houses I have cleaned! Just untidy and it was plain that I could not do the cleaning myself.

Life can teach us a lot of lessons and this was one for me.
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I have 2 dogs that shed and also look for someone to clean my home that is comfortable with animals around and removing all of the fur!
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