Weekly parking lot cleaning

TitanWashing

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I am putting together a bid for a grocery store chain with what I consider an unusual request. Unusual to me at least. I have bid and washed several flatwork jobs and have a decent formula of price/square foot as a one time or annual job. They, however want the entire parking lot and sidewalk washed every week (appprox 135K). Now I know that this will go much quicker after the first cleaning but I am trying to figure out how to adjust my pricing to win this bid without screwing myself over.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated

Thanks, Austin
 

AZ PowerWash Pros

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Austin, I don't know if this is the type of thing most companies are willing to pay a power washer for on a weekly basis. When they say the parking lot cleaned are you sure they are not referring to removal of trash/leaves/debris? Something that a day porter or parking lot sweeper would do?

How we bid this type of work out here is we would bid it as 3 separate services and let them choose. The parking lot for Parking lot sweeping services. We would base our bid on a per hour cleaning with a 2 man crew sweeping. 1 man driving sweeper and another blowing out curbs and under cars and inside planters. I would let them know they need sweeping done at minimum 3 times per week.

If you don't have a sweeper it would be a great opportunity to sub-contract a local sweeper and start a relationship. You both could use each other's services.

Then we would bid the concrete cleaning on a weekly basis, bi-weekly basis, monthly basis. I also consider that an hourly bid but I would not place the amount of hours in the bid itself. Instead I would use square footage inside my proposal but make sure you know your man hours when coming to the price.

Lastly, if the customer seems like they have money to spend I would send out a day porter to hand pick the lot during the day. And we charge 25-35% markup on the hourly cost of the employee plus trash bags and fuel.

Good luck,
 

TitanWashing

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Ty,

I was surprised at the frequency they wanted it done as well, but he did send out a detailed scope of work outlining pressure washing specifically. He also asked about sweeping (which we do not currently yet offer) in addition to the pressure washing. I will reach out to local sweepers to sub that out, but first need to land my bread and butter.
 

AZ PowerWash Pros

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Well sounds like a money job! I would bid it competitive at weekly 135k sq ft. Good luck, let us know if you get it!

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TitanWashing

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Update - I put the bid in this morning and apparently there was a mix up on their end. They only want the sidewalk washed weekly and the parking lot swept weekly. Oh well, it seemed too good to be true but at least it's not a total loss.
 

clarkservices

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Austin- I started out pressure washing and blowing parking lots with a back pack blower. Maybe instead of subcontracting the sweeping, do it yourself. Shouldn't take more than an hour and you can start figuring out another piece of the commercial/retail center puzzle. You are better resource to a PM when you can present a bid with Pressure Washing, Porter, and Parking Lot Sweeping.

Not to knock TY, but keeping things under your control, especially when you're new in the business may be another option. Like I said, I started out blowing parking lots and now have several parking lot sweeping trucks. You gotta start somewhere.

Jeremy Clark
Clark Services
www.clarkservices1.com
 
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