I was thinking of bidding 75,85,95 for 1,2,3 bedroom apartments. I have no idea how much apartment/property managers are currently paying so I don't know if I'm too low or too high. Any insights from people with experience here?
How much can you bid for motel rooms?
The answer to this or any other question about how much should I bid, comes down to "What are your costs?" So few cleaners really understand what costs are involved. It goes well beyond the cleaning agents you use. Advertising, insurance, van upkeep and repair, telephone, the value of your time including benefits like health insurance and vacation days and the list goes on.
If you quote jobs at the going rate that you think everyone is paying - You may be bidding low enough to lose just as much money as everyone else is. Then you can all go out of business together. I think Cosway called this the race to 0.
Bid enough to cover your costs, including your labor, and make a reasonable profit.
When too many companies try to get work by being the lowest price then it hurts you and everyone else. Get the work by offering better service and by being a better business manager or better marketer. If you sell on price, someone can always be cheaper than you are.
When I cleaned apartments, I charged my full rates. There was a discount for open space with no furnitre, since most of the apartments were empty. (I got between $65 and $125 per unit for the carpet depending upon the number of square feet.
When I gave bigger discounts it was for getting 3 or more units to do at the same time and they had to give me the keys. They also had to let me fit the apartments into my schedule when I had an opening or a cancellation. I never went belwo my $65 minimum price per job, but I did give discounts if and only if I got some benefit in return and only to the point I could still make money.
BTW - I am not suggesting that anyone else charge $65. That was for example only. It worked for me. It may not be the right number for your situation.