# How Do I Bid on Commercial Cleaning?

I am just starting to clean buildings located in California my question is, how much to charge square ft bid? The building is 48,000 square ft 2 stories. I will be cleaning bath rooms, mop all and vacuum window cleaning and more. This is a one time clean. How will I figure the total will I multiply the sq ft by $amount? I have a janitorial cleaning business anyone know how to bid on commercial building 48,000 sq. ft. 2 story. Is it by sq. ft. or per hour? I live in California and how much if it's sq. ft. and if multiplying sq. ft. by cents per sq. ft? Any help? Thank you. DAN Last edited by Clough; May 17, 2010 at 10:43 PM. Reason: Made the title more relevant to what the original poster is asking. Search this Question 33 Answers  Clough Posts: 26,679, Reputation: 1648 Uber Member #21 May 20, 2010, 08:48 PM Okay, I sent him an email. Hopefully, he'll be along sometime, soon! Did you answer all of the questions that he asked, dan325is? Thanks!  Stringer Posts: 3,733, Reputation: 769 Business Expert #22 May 21, 2010, 06:20 AM Good morning Dan. Ok... Let's start, please list your direct and to the point questions again and we can start working on this. Stringer  dan325is Posts: 14, Reputation: 1 New Member #23 May 22, 2010, 11:07 AM The buildings are new being built now from 22,000 to 33,000 sq ft, I make the bid I clean from windows to bath rooms vacuum mop wipe all counter tops there is no furniture in buildings I clean it for then to move in there desk its from apartement buildings to dr office and even hospitals . I just need to know how much to charge per sq ft. thank you hope your feeling better.dan  dan325is Posts: 14, Reputation: 1 New Member #24 May 27, 2010, 09:36 PM Thank you  Clough Posts: 26,679, Reputation: 1648 Uber Member #25 May 27, 2010, 10:02 PM I'm sure that Stringer will return here sometime, dan325is! I'm also not sure though what's been happening with him concerning his health. I've left at least a couple of phone messages for him over the past couple of days. Haven't heard back, yet... Thanks!  Stringer Posts: 3,733, Reputation: 769 Business Expert #26 May 28, 2010, 04:09 PM Hey Clough, I doing OK... lots more of exams and tests to go... By the way, I tried to return your call twice around 11 -11:30 PM and your phone rang busy... Dan my apoligies again, I have been having some medical tests taken for some apparently serious situations... I will get back as soon as I can though. Stringer  Clough Posts: 26,679, Reputation: 1648 Uber Member #27 May 28, 2010, 09:57 PM Now, I'm really getting worried, Stringer!  dan325is Posts: 14, Reputation: 1 New Member #28 Jun 3, 2010, 04:02 PM Need to know in a day or two on how much per sq ft I have a job to bid on 6/7/10  Clough Posts: 26,679, Reputation: 1648 Uber Member #29 Jun 3, 2010, 09:29 PM I will be trying to call Stringer yet tonight, dan325is. He left me a message much earlier, but I wasn't home. Thanks!  dan325is Posts: 14, Reputation: 1 New Member #30 Jun 3, 2010, 10:06 PM I need help fast by Monday  Clough Posts: 26,679, Reputation: 1648 Uber Member #31 Jun 3, 2010, 10:40 PM I hadn't called him yet because I've not wanted to let some others here down. I did just try to call him. Got his answering service. I also just sent him an email. When he left his message to me earlier, he talked for long enough that my answering machine ran out of time for him. For some reason, he and I are having trouble connecting...  Stringer Posts: 3,733, Reputation: 769 Business Expert #32 Jun 4, 2010, 05:04 AM Dan, remember that pricing is your responsibility and anything given to you is only a suggestion. Since this is a one time clean and I am assuming that it is a 'final clean' (make ready to move in) bid I suggest that you figure your price at least in two ways; First, figure all your costs; labor, overhead (taxes, admin, insurance, supplies, equipment, profit, etc.) and calculate your total. The trick is calculating your labor hours and figuring in a loaded hourly rate for labor. This varies state by state as taxes, labor mandated rates, etc vary. Take a average area of say 5,000 sq ft and calculate how much time it will take and extend that to the total 48,000 sq ft. Second, as a general suggestion I would use a square foot rate based upon your square footage figure of 48,000. As an average I would suggest$.15 to \$.19 per sq ft.

I would definitely figure your price both ways and compare the two for a final price.

Remember also that if this is a very competitive bid that it will drive down the price.

Also, I would also get a 'sign off' sheet from the contractor when completed, do a walk through with him or his rep to verify that all is completed to their satisfaction, this is important as they can find things that can delay payment. Or you will be asked to keep returning until all your profit evaporates.

Good luck, please let us know how you did, too often people don't return to let us know, thanks.

Stringer
 Clough Posts: 26,679, Reputation: 1648 Uber Member #33 Jun 4, 2010, 10:30 PM
I can see that you're looking at this thread, chowdh97.

Did you want to post a response here?
 dan325is Posts: 14, Reputation: 1 New Member #34 Jul 19, 2010, 09:18 PM

Did you get my answer I over bid, I working on a few more bids right now I have over 30 to bid on so I hope I win one or two I WILL LET YOU KNOW THE OUT COME AND THANKS

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