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Post by milspec6 on Sat May 13, 2017 10:28 pm

Anyone doing gov't contract cleanings? I am looking into it, but not sure how to get qualified for government contract bids.

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Post by Freemind1 on Sun May 14, 2017 8:46 am

Never done one, don't think I ever would either. Heard they were a race to the bottom and a long wait on payment. Besides the many hoops to jump through to even get the bid.

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Post by dp1 on Sun May 14, 2017 7:48 pm

I also wonder from time to time, I know that they are looking for the lowest bids and we all know lowest bids means low quality work, they might need another cleaning by the time check was issued, but I think it's a cycle they are prepared to go through again ? Kind of silly I guess ?
I also know that if you have "connection", you will get the job even if you're not the lowest, I don't think I even need to give a hint since it happened right in front of our noses with government has to fork an extra couple hundred million dollars a few years back with one of the military project overseas.
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Post by Matt; My carpet cleaner on Sun May 14, 2017 8:51 pm

@Freemind1 wrote:Never done one, don't think I ever would either. Heard they were a race to the bottom and a long wait on payment. Besides the many hoops to jump through to even get the bid.

I'd heard the same thing; but, never found that to be the issue were I'm at. Yes you do need to be conservative on the bid(but not loooow), normal waiting time for payment. Havnt had to compete for bidding. They call, ask for bid, then schedule me.
Solicit them like a business. Ask for the person that oversees maintenance bid/contracts.
I've done 3-4 bldgs over the years; dshs, state employment office, can't remember the others.

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Post by milspec6 on Sun May 14, 2017 10:05 pm

So how does one get on the approved list or what-ever they call it Matt?

I understand the modest bids, but around here, I might be the only company local so no competition to fight with. Seems like a good idea to me, but I don't know how to get listed.
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Post by Matt; My carpet cleaner on Mon May 15, 2017 8:42 am

Stop in drop a card, ask who the person is over maintenance contracts. Call a few days later, ask for a short meeting. Now if and when you sit down, ask them "what problems they are having with their carpet or furniture?" Then be their problem solver.
I do that with churches. Got one tomorrow with a "oil on the carpet" issue. I'll use some encap, scrub, and RV it.Smile
I didn't get on a list. They just called me. I would guess in your neck of the woods, a drop in or call to introduce yourself would "get you on the list".
They have a budget for cleaning carpet and chairs; they need to use it or lose it;)
Not many options for them to choose from? So the squeecky wheel gets the grease.

I use to hear there was some process and paperwork, and hoops you had to go thru to get their work. But that's not mky experience.

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Post by milspec6 on Mon May 15, 2017 10:44 am

I always heard that there was an "approved list" that you had to be on for them to consider you. Maybe that was bad scoop, I will knock on the doors and see what happens.
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