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Friday, December 19, 2014

Question

We recently were asked to place a bid on day cleaning at one of our local schools. We have never taken on a project this large before. So, my question is, how do we even begin to quote such a job?


Answer

Answer # 1:
My first question would be: Are you qualified to bid or do this job? If you don't know how to bid the job, how are you going to know how to organize and perform the work? Not every account is for every contractor. Educational facilities can be tricky as you have many bosses and budgets are tight as they prefer to spend money on books, not brooms. If you do decide to go forward, you may want to get someone with more experience in cleaning schools to assist you.
Bill Griffin, President
www.cleaningconsultants.com
Cell-206-849-0179

Answer # 2:
I would recommend using personalized Workloading software specific for schools. Some programs are available on a 30-day free trial. Most can project chemical usage as well. The school RFP should have plenty of details to construct manpower coverage. Once you know the FTE (full-time equivalent) demand, the math becomes easy. One caution is to have a tight definition for non-cleaning expectations. Don't let chair setups at midnight catch you by surprise.
Gary Clipperton
National Pro Clean Corp.
(719) 598-5112
www.nationalproclean.com