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Friday's Ask the Experts: Bidding on apartments

May 27, 2011
Friday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: I have been asked to submit a bid to clean 700 apartments at an apartment complex. The apartments range from 483-square-feet units to 677-square-feet units and includes very thorough cleaning when tenants move out.
There is an average of 40 apartments to clean a month. The current cleaner’s bid is closed and, in order for me to get this job, I have to beat their bid. I live in Indiana and I have done a lot of researching.
I have to submit this bid in three days and have no idea what to charge. I need to submit separate bids for cleaning and painting inside the apartments.
The answer:
Without an in-depth survey, it is difficult to be specific, as your request states. In the Midwest, we usually see cleaning prices from $120-$240 for smaller apartments with the volume you are looking at.
The range has to take into consideration your cost of operations and overhead, desired profit, skill level of workers and their pay and, especially, the required cleaning specifications. There are many variables, such as the time to remove and clean light fixtures, moving out the stove and refrigerator and cleaning behind them, cleaning and refinishing bath ... — Gary Clipperton, president of National Pro Clean Corporation.
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