After 2 years of trying to get this contract, we finally did! Our first high rise condo in downtown Vegas. (see pic below) And not a crappy run down one either. 14 floors of hallway carpet, lobby, wool area rugs. Approx. 55,000 sq. ft. of carpet. We have cleaned several units in this high rise over the years, and I have emailed back and forth with property management about how the traffic lanes and carpet in front of each unit always seemed dirty. I would send them pictures via email when we would have a job from a tenant in one of the units. They have had a contract with another cleaner for years who used a porty and the contract finally expired and they went with us! Persistence pays off! We now have a contract to clean quarterly all floors!! $$$
6 guys and 2 days on this job. 9am to 4pm was our time limit. Technically 5 guys and 1 girl. I hired on one of our techs girlfriends to follow with vacuum after it was cleaned.3 techs ran CRBs, 2 prepped (pre-sprayed, refilled chems, hosted where needed). It came out amazing! Did a test spot for them 2 weeks ago and they were pleased that the dark traffic didn't reappear after a few days of being cleaned like before. The test spot was where tenants entered in through the parking garage into the hallway.
On top of this, last month we became the only cleaner for 2 new management companies. Combined they manage 175 commercial properties. In the last week, we've done 22 commercials for them. It's been insane!
Upside of these jobs:
- Commerical Money$
- Schedule properties around our residentials
- No one at any of these properties. Throw on headphones, music and clean away.
- Low traffic lanes, most are small office turn overs.
-30 day net pays. Though it has been nice getting these checks in randomly, not really thinking ahout them as residential has been enough to keep the business healthy. At times though, some run past 30 days and you have to begin to hound accounts payable. Usually reminding them that their touch up cleanings go void, or the late fee on payments they agreed to will go into effect. Usually has them issuing checks the next day. Had one deposit $2,800 directly into our bank same day when they were notified of being late 12 days.
I guess my point of this post, besides for a bit of bragging, if you have been shooting for commercial and not getting as much as you wanted - keep pursuing and networking. One commercial property management company referred us to a maintenance company they use for paint touch up, etc. That maintenance company now sends us 15 to 20 commercial cleanings a month to. When it comes, it comes in big!