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We are going to do a first walk thru tomorrow there are several bids already in and they are taking two more. It is a new office they are moving into it's 15k sq. feet but only like 7,500 sq.ft. is office space that needs cleaning. there are four bathrooms, 4 urinals, 1 complete bathroom with shower. Blinds to be dusted, linoleum in kitchen, wood floors, carpet, inside windows "don't know how many yet". Taking out trash and regular office cleaning is what they want. It will be twice a week and it's a one hour drive each way for us. We plan on charging $15 hr. two employees. This is in South Florida area.

I need assistance in putting this together to give a proper quote and not be too high or too low. This will be my first commercial quote and im anxious in getting this new contract. Where would I start ?.
 

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I did the walkthru and after talking with the manager she indicated they also wanted a/c filters changed every month which they would provide. And wash the outside windows 9 of them plus the entrance once a month. She also told that the owners are very frugal and they will ask for a discount on top of what ever bid I make. Mind you that are already 5 bid besides mine, so what I did I bid $750 per month and added the a/c filter changes & outside window cleaning free of charge hoping this will get there attention and if they ask for a discount I would be able to come down. But the manager told the bids that have been submitted already are in the $600- $700 range. I came in at $50 higher. Don't know if I out bid myself or did good by offering two free services.

What do you guys think, Since this is my first walk-thru I would like opinions in helping out a new commercial newbie.
 

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I think you priced it right, sometime you don't want to give things for free specially if they are going to be asking for discount and you will have a very minimal profit that might not be worth it.
Good Luck and let us know how it went.

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HomeCleanMiami,

I agree 100% with Superb Pro on this account. You've already offered to provide two services for free and you have an hour drive each week to factor in as well. If they call you, I would stress the VALUE your company provides before I would start eating away at my profit margin. Those who shop on price alone get what they pay for. Good luck! :thumbsup:
 

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HomeCleanMiami,

I agree 100% with Superb Pro on this account. You've already offered to provide two services for free and you have an hour drive each week to factor in as well. If they call you, I would stress the VALUE your company provides before I would start eating away at my profit margin. Those who shop on price alone get what they pay for. Good luck! :thumbsup:
That's the great thing about residential cleaning.... the only thing I have to give for free is my great conversation! :thumbsup:

I bet HomeCleanMiami regrets it if they got that account at that price. It will cost a minimum of $300+ for drive time and fuel for the month. That's before any cleaning is done. Plus oil changes and wear and tear on the vehicle. Hopefully they stuck with the cleaning that is in their name.
 

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It depends what you mean by 'win'.

Did he get the account? No idea. People normally use us here to get an answer and never come back when reality sets in.

If he got the job I can guarantee he didn't 'win' according to his calculator. lol He LOST lots of money to the gas station, windshield time and mechanic when all was said and done.

99.9999% of my jobs are within 10 minutes of each other. The only job that is out of the area is charged $140 for 1.5 hours of work. That job takes 20 minutes to get to.

Miami seemed to have wanted the job without using his/her calculator. Getting a job just to have the job is silly. If you gotta do free stuff or drive an hour to get to it, you need to charge enough to make it worth it. If you charge $550 a month and it costs you $475 a month to do the job, what's the point? $550 - $475 = $75 profit - taxes takes it down in the $50 range of profit. Seems silly when you use a calculator huh? :bangin:
 
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