Mid-Rise Bid Help


#1

Okay, I need some help/input.

Got a bid request today for post construction window cleaning.
This is the job: http://www.blueridgeshadows.com/lodging.shtml

While I have no doubt my team and I can handle this job, it will obviously be a first for my company.

  1. do I charge by the window, pane or hour? And would the hour rate be my rate for each man?
  2. two (2) man-lifts will be needed. Dose the rental price get added in to the estimate?
  3. How many days for a 3-4 man team using 2 man-lifts? Or could 1 lift do the job.
  4. How long is too long to stay on a job.
  5. will a contract be needed, and should the payment be accepted before or at the start of the job?

It wasn’t noted whether or not interior was needed. is it usually exterior only?

There is 3 more hotels going up in the area, and if i can capture this one and do the usual superb job we may be able to fanegle our way to the others as well as the established ones in the area (small town USA).

Guy and gals any input would be GREATLY APPRECIATED. Also, point out anything I’ve missed. I got a day or two to get back to them. Also, if anyone has a bid template for this kind of job I’d appreciate that as well…

Note: 2 of my guys are certified man-lift operators, and the rental company will provide training as well. Also, i am insured by Safeco up to three stories. Should I notify them for additional insurance?

Again thanks.

Lee


#2
  1. do I charge by the window, pane or hour? And would the hour rate be my rate for each man?
    [COLOR=black]Charge by the pane, that is the most accurate way to do it in my opinion. You will need a basic idea of how long each pane will take on a NCCU, determined by how much goo is on the glass. Then you can check your pane pricing by your estimated hourly rate. [/COLOR]
  1. two (2) man-lifts will be needed. Dose the rental price get added in to the estimate?
    [COLOR=Black]You will need to get quotes on the man lifts and then mark up the rental by 30% to your customer, but roll it all into the bid. There is no need to do a break out and have them questioning your rental pricing.[/COLOR]
  1. How many days for a 3-4 man team using 2 man-lifts? Or could 1 lift do the job.
    [COLOR=Black]This is where you need to do some planning. Figure out how many people you will have and what can be done from ground level. Then figure out how many windows will need the lift. If you have two guys using lifts, you will need a plan on where they start and what direction they go, and then coordinate that with the ground crew work so they are not working above clean windows or people. [/COLOR]

[COLOR=Black] You will also need to know what other contractors will be working that might be in your way. The rental company won’t refund you if you can’t work one day because they are paving the parking lot or something. [/COLOR]

  1. How long is too long to stay on a job.
    [COLOR=Black]They will probably want the job done before opening. I would suggest you clear you calendar and attack it until completed. Don’t piecemeal it or you will have issues. Windows you cleaned will be dirty again, you will forget what is already done etc. Have a plan and meet with your crew each night and asses what was done and what still needs to be done.[/COLOR]
  1. will a contract be needed, and should the payment be accepted before or at the start of the job?
    [COLOR=Black]Definitely have a contract (agreement) signed. Getting paid from these people can be a nightmare. A signed contract (even a simple one) will make collecting easier if needed. Do whatever you feel that you need to on payment. It wouldn’t hurt to ask for half up front but I doubt they will go for that.

Best of success with it, hope that helps some anyway.

Shoot me your e-mail (via PM) and I will send you a bid template and a service agreement.
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#3

1st of all … Scratch waiver and some fabricating debris information !


#4

Good call! I guess I thought that was a given…


#5

On the lift rentals, depending on how long you need them, the shorter the duration of the rental, the more expensive the rental costs are , so hiring 2 lifts for 2 days would be far more expensive than hiring 1 lift for 4 days
eg a 40 ft lift in our area is about $450 per day, but is only $1250 per week, delivery and pick up charge is about $150 per lift , so in your scenario, 2 lifts for 3 days would cost you $2950 , whereas 1 lift for a week(6days) would cost you $1400
Plus the cost of down days due to scheduling and weather issues would be halved