When I did this Deep Cleaning Parking Structure Job, there was (7) permits and Certifications needed for all of us to do the work.
These permits/ Certs costs a few hundred of dollars to upwards of $8,000 each.
I have yet to see anyone talk about permits in their Parking Garage Cleaning Classes which makes me wonder...Do they even get these permits? Are they cleaning legally and if so, why aren't they talking about this important sales tool?
You must clean these mammoth Garages correctly if you expect to get upwards of 80 cents a foot.
In talking with some self-proclaimed " Parking Garage Experts", I found out that most have never even applied for a single permit. Not one..Nothing...
So I have to ask, why is that so?
Their reply " I work at night and no one ever comes around to ask for one, so why should I get one?" Meaning, they are cleaning under the radar, and as such, the cleaning is not known to the AHJ. They are able to cheat on reclaim and on filtration and as such pass the savings onto their customer.
Both the Client and them are trying to get the cleaning done as cheaply as possible. Thus the reason for 3-8 cents a foot. ( 3 cents for the mammoth garages and up to 8 cents for the Condo/ office garages of 20,000 sq ft.).
What they do not inform their customer on, is that if caught, both the customer and themselves will receive the fine and those fines will not be cheap ranging upwards of 10,000 per day for illicit discharge.
Now because of the cut backs, I have found out the AHJ resources are not as strong as they were 8 years ago. And now with Trump, ( Whom I voted for) will have even fewer resources due to budget cut backs. So now more than ever, you will see more times than not, a contractor who appears to be filtering these garages with a home made filter that was never designed for parking Garage Cleaning, but more so for drive thru's at Burger King.
But what is not written is about the permit process and how that can be a very important selling tool. It shows professionalism to your client. It shows you are legit and that it is going to be done correctly. It shows a Perceived Value on your services.
One of the many reasons why we won the bid is because we listed the permits needed to complete the job. We notified the proper agencies that permits were needed to complete the said job. The city was impressed stating that there was not another bid that was stating about the costs of the bids, nor about the special surfaces and the cleaning requirements and expectations needed to clean those surfaces without damages to the surface.
Now some contractors may say this is all Bull Shit. But the fact remains... I do receive $160,000 dollars for cleaning a 200,000 sq ft garage in a 4-day cleaning. I have yet to have anyone prove that they can do this through documentation such as a news station. So I am showing you just one of the many sales tools on how to get those prices here today.