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Post by milspec6 on Mon Sep 19, 2016 7:41 pm

I received a call from the first customer I cleaned for today. A really simple job out in the country consisting of just a single room off the garage. I told him that I would do it for my truck minimum ($100) but would gladly clean more than just the one room. We ended up driving over to his Sister's house a few miles down the gravel roads to clean a living room.....then he paid me $220 cash. The Sister also paid me $100, but I refused both and only accepted the $100 like we agreed on.

I know, you don't have to say it, really bad way to run a business giving back money. I realize that, but I just didn't feel right about taking more at the time. I don't mind a little tip, but not triple the fee as a tip.

Fast forward to an hour ago and that same customer called me back. He wants me to meet with his Brother this week to discuss quarterly cleanings of his business. I thought, sure, Karma coming back already, but the early details of the "business" is a little troubling.

This is what I know thus far. The "business" is actually a major data firm that consists of a 24 story office building with 12 offices per floor and a break area as well on each floor. He wants me to bid it on Friday. I am at a bit of a loss on going about it.

I have been mostly a commercial cleaning guy my whole career, but never office buildings. It has always been banquet halls, day cares, museums, event centers, theaters, but never an office building. I am not a big fan of encap cleanings, but a TM would be pointless here. I do still have my Steamin Demon and know where I could buy 2 more pretty cheap. IF that building has a decent size water heater and mop closet on each floor, it might work.

Just not sure how I would approach this one, let alone bid it for quarterly cleanings. Shocked
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Post by Freemind1 on Mon Sep 19, 2016 8:43 pm

The likelihood of dirt impaction is pretty low. You will probably have more coffee stains and toner ink to deal with than anything.

I know a guy in Indy that would encap that with confidence. Encap and a porty are the only ways you are going to clean a building like that. It could be GREAT money.

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Post by milspec6 on Mon Sep 19, 2016 9:07 pm

It sure could be and I have been trying to set myself up for this winter, so the timing would be good. Just seems like I would have to factor in a lot of the pita costs.

The last thing that I want to do is under-bid a quarterly cleaning job like that.
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Post by Mo on Mon Sep 19, 2016 10:20 pm

I know your Superman butvcan you clean all the floors in on session?
If the floors are identical bid one and multiply by 24. Good time that Orbot to use
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Post by Freemind1 on Mon Sep 19, 2016 11:06 pm

Well the problem will be:
1 When are you going to clean it? After hours or only when they are there?
2 How long of a time frame will they give you to clean all that? I don't think a solo guy could get more than 3 or 4 floors in a good day. So you'd be looking at 6 days to complete it.
3 Is noise going to be an issue? If you have to clean while they work, will you need to crb it all to keep the noise down?
4 A worry of mine would be as well, is over payment. That is a HUGE bill to wait on if it's not VERY prompt. I am waiting on payment now, for a commercial job I did a week ago. While it's ONLY a week, I asked if they needed terms for payment, and they said no. Just leave my bill and they will cut and mail a check right away. It will be mailed local and doesn't need to go out of town for sorting. I should have had a check the next day. Still haven't been paid.....

I don't like waiting on/chasing payments. On a job like that, no way I would want to wait weeks or months.

5 This may be a total waste of your time. They may be thinking you work for peanuts.

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Post by milspec6 on Tue Sep 20, 2016 12:50 am

All valid points to consider, thanks.

I'm waiting on checks all the time. It used to be 7-10 days, but this year it can be as long as 30 days just do to some unorganized managers. I hate that part of the game, but it just seems to happen.

It might be a waste of time, but I will show to find out. I don't think I will really know what to do until I get to sit down and find out what their expectations would be. I am just not set-up for that type of building, so it might take some additional equipment to meet it.
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Post by kleen1 on Wed Sep 21, 2016 8:59 am

A good auto fill auto dump 1000 psi portable and a rotary floor machine should be able to handle anything you could run into.
They do weigh a lot, but once you get them into the building, you're good to go.
This is also a great job for encapping as maintenance where hwe is not required. Light spotting and traffic area maintenance is where encap works great.
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Post by kleen1 on Wed Sep 21, 2016 9:02 am

On larger commercial jobs, I allow up to 30 days then I start to charge interest.
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