Commercial bid help


#1

Hey guys just wondering some input on a commercial bid for sidewalks and building. Roughly 5,000 sf of sidewalks and the building is about 96,037 sf. Any idea on the amount of chemicals that I should use, price I should charge per sf for sidewalks and building or any other pertinent information you guys think I should have before submitting a formal bid. Thank you in advance any help is appreciated.


#2

Night work. Allocate water sources. $400 for sidewalks and $14,500 for building is where I’d be at. Doesn’t look bad so I’d downstream and around 45gals of SH.


#3

Depends somewhat on where you’re located and what equipment you have.


#4

Thanks for the info. Just wondering how did you get to $400 for the sidewalk and $14,500 for the building?


#5

Located in the NYC metro area and have a 4.2 gpm @3500 psi.


#6

Sqft…05cents flat work and .15cents bldg.


#7

Why .05 for the flatwork. I’ve never even heard of anyone that low for that little amount of flatwork. That’s crazy.


#8

You’re going to have your work cut out for you with that equipment. I’d be at .10/ft on building and .15-.20 on concrete depending on whether it’s broken up into different areas or is it just one sidewalk around the whole place.


#9

I only do that to secure the bldg work. I’ve lost some good money when I started because I was bidding normal. I’ve learned that the bigger the job, I can lose a bit of money to make a lot of money.


#10

My typical flat work starts at .10


#11

Just curious: what do you do when they call you for maintenance cleaning on the flatwork in 6 months? Do you still treat it as a loss leader to keep the contract secure, or do you charge enough to cover your labor & expenses?


#13

Ya I was thinking of going .15 a sf


#14

Ya I know it’s going to be a lot. Thanks for the Info sir I appreciate it


#15

Ya I agree. This is a property management company with 3 other shopping centers in my area. So I figured if I do a great job at a decent price I can get all four locations, maybe more who knows


#16

Perhaps loss leader is the wrong phrase. But cleaning any flatwork by itself at 5¢/ft seems like it would be done at a loss.


#17

I didn’t see the post you were responding too. I understand what you mean I was wondering the same thing


#18

I see your point but I’m willing to lose $400 to make $14,000…same situation six months later. I have a bldg I clean every three months and it’s a steady $4,400 every time. They just gave me another $1,600 worth of work. I learned my lesson at the beginning for trying to make as much money as I could (reasonably), and got underbidded three times for a total of $55,000 that could have been completed in 1 month.