Determining the Fee for Cleaning an Apartment Complex?

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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September 30, 20181 found this helpful
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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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September 28, 20180 found this helpful

You need to determine how many hours you will need to do the job. Multiply that by your hourly rate. That is what you charge. Always charge by the job, not by the hour.


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This site, Thrifty Fun has a section on this topic:

Bids need to be comparable to other like services so I suggest doing some googling to figure out what others charge in your city. I could tell you my area's wage and that could be way over or under your area standard.


You will also want to include value added services that set you apart from others if you are competing with a number of others for the job. Value added is different in every location you could promote use of all natural products or offer to do minor repairs in addition to cleaning.

Wishing you all the best for a winning bid!


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September 30, 20180 found this helpful

This is a good reference site:

Most importantly, I think a nice brochure or flyer explaining your services and a brief description of your services and why you'd be a good fit would be appealing.


Break down of what you do within the job, plus since this is a guarantee of 10 buildings, you would perhaps give a slight discount?

Good luck on the bidding!


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