Bidding on an Apartment Complex Cleaning Job?

September 28, 2018

How do I bid on cleaning an apartment complex? There are 10 buildings and 2 floors. The job will include vacuuming, mopping the laundry room, and cleaning all glass.



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You do not say if this is a one time event but if it is a bid then I feel sure it is for a certain length of time - several months/year?
This could make a big difference in what you charge as once you have done the initial "clean up" then your time may be condensed so give this some thought.

You will have to research what other commercial companies are charging in the area the buildings are located. Even different areas in the same city could charge differently.

If this is a formal bidding scenario then you will have to check the application forms to see how you will have to list what you will be doing and if they are requiring one price or if they are asking for prices for each service - some do ask this but most only want the "bottom line".


If you have done work like this in the past then you should be able to figure approximately how long it would take to vacuum (halls/entryway/etc?) and mopping the laundry should be easy to figure but when you start talking about "glass" that is a very big question.

If you are talking about windows - how many? Where - 2 floors? - inside and outside? This could be a big job according to how often it has to be done. The application should have all of that information so check it out and make some phone class to cleaning services in your area - check out what is charged for one window as this is not the usual thing in a service contract. The application should give you a lot of information on what you will have to do and how often.

This is a big job so keep track of all the information you gather so you will know that if you are successful and get the contract you will be able to do the work and still make money.

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March 17, 2017

I have an opportunity to bid on an apartment complex and I'm seeking advice. There are 22 bldgs total. Each building has 3 floors. They have to be done 2x a week. The cleaning would include vacuuming the common area and mopping stair treads. There's one office to be done daily and a fitness center daily as well. They want someone to perform services for 8 hours a day; 40 hours a week.

What's the best approach to bid on this, please.
Thank you.


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From Wiki How:

Decide if you want to charge for cleaning by the hour, or by the job. Each method has its advantages and drawbacks. ...
Determine your hourly rate. ...


Assess the cleaning job thoroughly. ...
Calculate a bid amount. ...
Present your bid sheet to the potential customer.

I also assume you are going to clean apartments when a tenant moves out. You probably are better off using an hourly rate for that because some apartments will require a lot more cleaning than others.

I would have a set rate for the office, fitness center, and common areas. You will most likely spend the same amount of time on them each time you clean.

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January 25, 2021

Advice needed from commercial cleaners! I need to bid on an apartment complex with 4 entrances 3 floors in each vacuuming and windows what should I charge? Not sure of sq ft but the floors aren't very big only 3 apartments on each floor.


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I would charge by the job. Determine how many hours it would take you and use that figure in the bid.

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