All bids are not created equal!
The phone rings. The mail arrives. Regardless of how the message is delivered, it’s a promise you’ve heard before: “We can save you money on your cleaning services.” There isn’t a facility manager, or a business owner who isn’t interested in hearing more.
So you bite and agree to a bid and with bid in hand you go straight to the bottom line and it looks promising. So why not get a few more bids and see “how low can we go”.
But with so many cleaning service companies to choose from how do you know which one to go with?
If this sounds familiar then you like many others are caught in a cycle that facilities managers have been wrangling around with forever.
Every building is different. Cleaning service companies that make bids based on square footage of an office aren’t taking into account how that space is being used and may overlook important site variables. For example, a roomful of cubicles requires a different level of services than an office lobby, the president’s office, or a computer center. Skipping an onsite walk-through usually yields an inaccurate bid that will most likely result in a change order.
Credentials: If you are considering a cleaning company the companies credentials are probably the most important item of the proposal you need to confirm. The quality of services and other performance concerns are usually easily addressed if not up to par. But you can face some serious and costly situations by hiring an unlicensed, uninsured or inexperienced company. Cleaning bids should be accompanied by a current General liability and workers compensation insurance certificates as well as an employee dishonesty bond. In addition to insurance coverage a current business license and E-verify MOU certificate should be attached. All of these items should be presented with the bid upfront.
Insurance, licensing all very important but how do you determine the experience of a cleaning company? The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, more commonly known as the IICRC, is a certification and standard-setting non-profit organization for the inspection, cleaning, and restoration industries. A company that has gone through the IICRC training and certification program shows that they are committed to excellence in their field.
References: Do the cleaning service companies you are considering have experience with commercial cleaning or office cleaning? Some companies service homes, not businesses. Others are start-up businesses with little industry knowledge. The best option is to go with a cleaning company with decades of experience that knows what it takes to maintain an office building that fosters productivity and a positive image. Reputable firms will happily supply contact information of customers with needs similar to yours.
If you’re choosing among several cleaning service companies, remember that price is irrelevant if it results in low quality services. When you’re comparing cleaning service companies, review all of the specifications in the proposal – such as cleaning method, time needed to perform services, scheduling requirements, is the application of carpet and fabric protectors included— Most cleaning bids are usually pretty consistent when it comes to cost but it’s not uncommon for them vary greatly in convenience, service specs, quality and the credentials offered by the companies presenting them. .
Meet Your Scheduling needs: You may have a high use facility that may have a very limited window of time in which to perform cleaning services. This may require work to be performed on weekends, nights or holidays. Carpets, upholstery and other materials will need to be dry and ready for use in a short time period. Confirm that your cleaning company has experience and a proven track record in fulfilling these requirements if needed.
Direct Lines Of Communication: Emergencies happen. When you need to make a distress call in the middle of the night or on a holiday weekend, will you get an answering service or your account rep? Look for cleaning service companies that offer direct phone access to account managers all day, every day, who will dispatch a task force to your location within minutes, not days.
Payment Options: Cash, credit card, check, net 30 or C.O.D. Method of payment should be clearly noted to avoid and misunderstandings.
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