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post #1 of Old 01-16-2007, 03:57 PM Thread Starter
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please help

hello everone,

I am new to the commercial cleaning business and have a chance to land a big account for a medical building, it is about 135,000 sq feet and has about 25 suites that have to be cleaned. The company wants it cleaned 5 nights per week. I have no clue what to bid on something like this, like I said , I am new to the business.
Can someone please help me with a bid. There are 25 suites all carpet, the main buildingis 2 levels with 4 huge hallways it has 4 restrooms,2 elevators,one staircase,2 starwells,2 main entrences all suites nead to have bathrooms cleaned, floors vaccumed and all trash removed. I would really appreciate any input on this subject.

thank you,

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post #2 of Old 01-16-2007, 05:33 PM
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Need more info.
What kind of medical building? Do these suites have exam rooms? If so what type of medical procedures are done? How many restrooms.
What type of flooring? These are just a few questions to start.
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post #3 of Old 01-17-2007, 04:54 PM
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On a building this size and for someone just starting out in this business this can be dangerous to say the least. I wouldn't want to give someone advise on a bid and see that person loose his business or even worse if I am wrong. And I don't think anyone else here would either. Having said that here are some thoughts...
I personally don't use a sq/ft. price because every building is different and the owners/managers may have different needs. You need to know what the Industry standard production rates are for each task and make a work sheet to list each area and use those numbers to come up with manhour requirements. (These vary slightly per building)
For example: Vacuuming 9000 sq/ft. per hour with a back pack divided by lets say 100000 sq/ft. is over 11 manhours. To get the vacuuming done in one shift you need two people just for that. This is just an example but you need to do this with every task i.e. vacuuming, dusting, cleaning restrooms, mopping floors etc. If your not careful and thorough you can get in big trouble. I don't know how new you are to this business but you may want to reconsider starting out on a building this size. Remember your signing a contract to deliver a service. I don't want to discourage you but I don't want to lead you down the wrong path either.
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