Trying to hit the sweet spot?
I've read some other posts on developing commercial cleaning bids, so I get the general idea: Determine the time you'll spend working, calculate your cost of materials, decide what you want for profit, type up a bid and submit it to your prospective customer.
That all makes good sense, but I want to present the specifics of a job I'm about to bid on to some forum users who have experience doing this and see what they think about my pricing. I'm at the point where I can be incredibly flexible with what I charge, so I can easily undercut the competition. I also want to make this worth my while, though.
Any input will be greatly appreciated.
Location: Amarillo, TX
Square footage of building: 4,000
Flooring type: Vinyl planks, no carpet
Windows: 4 large, floor-to-ceiling windows, both sides must be clean
Frequency of cleaning: 3 days a week
Materials: supplied by customer
Cost of help: $0 (work performed by owner)
The customer wants general cleaning performed. (standard sweeping, mopping, dusting, trash removal, etc.) Additional services will be required. Floors are to be buffed as needed (all 4,000 sq. ft.), but most likely once per week, windows must be maintained as needed, so possibly every visit depending on weather.
Bid: $1,000 per month
My instincts are telling me this may be a little high, but I perform a singular weekly cleaning (with two other visits during the week to take the trash out) for another company for $600 a month. They require no floor maintenance and supply all the materials as well, so this doesn't seem like too much of a stretch.
Any ideas about what my potential customer might think of it?