“Free carpet cleaning for the tenants”

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  1. Nomad74
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    Yeah, just what I need in my life. Some janitor talking me up to the manager of low income housing. Kill me now please.
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    Even janitors need love
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  3. Matt Wood
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    For what my goal is here, I"m gonna need to get in good with 50-70 maintenance guys
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    Since this contract is gonna be so big and risky, someone close to me advised me to getting their credit score Dun&Bradstreet. So I payed the $62 for the credit report and saw that their a very good company when it comes to being a very low risk

    Have any of you felt the need to see how good these big companies pay?
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    Just keep a watch on how long it takes them to pay. Some will stretch it out and think you lost track so they won't pay you until you bitch. Most of mine pay within 30 days but I have had some go out 4 months. I dropped them. This could be a exhausting adventure for you. That and wearing out that TM.
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  6. Matt Wood
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    I'm coming up with a different pay scale for them to make certain they pay on time. I don't plan on invoicing each and every apartment. If I'm cleaning at 50 -70 of their complexes, it'll make it too easy for them to "lose" or "forget" to enter the invoice and I don't plan on hiring someone just to call them for late payment on each apartment. Once I tell them that I"m going to invest in another setup DEVOTED just for this account, I'll tell them how many I can do in one day, and I'll charge a flat rate per day, depending on how many we can squeeze in an 8hr day, which should make it easy for them to enter it into their system to send out a payment. I'm just dreaming right now, so I'll let you know how that goes when I approach this to them at the meeting.
  7. steve_64
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    Good luck Matt but I'd focus on more commercial.

    There's a long list of why apartments are not good for business. I do ok with them but I'd rather do residential these days.
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  8. Matt Wood
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    I see this specific contract as commercial, because it'll be dealing with one major customer, not 20 different apartment companies. I've never tried dealing with property management at this angle, so I can't say "nah it doesn't work" until I've actually tried it. And so far, none of participants in this thread have taken property management at this level yet either, so my feedback is goin to be very valuable to everyone on here when I get my results
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    Big corps often respond to quick pay discounts. Its someone's job to pay those that offer incentives so they can receive a cost savings. Even 1-3% is huge over a years time with all the vendors they pay.
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    With the size of this contract, that'll be a big incentive. I'll put that in somewhere when I get it put together
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    We had a large fire invoice that we offered 3% if paid in 10-days. The school district was all over it. They were on the phone getting the needed documentation from us so they could save the 3%. It can work, just depends how they are setup.
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    When I say commercial I mean like doctor offices and places like that who clean regularly either quarterly or yearly.
    I make decent money on apartments but it's more work and time than good residential work. Getting keys places not ready when you open the door always on the 3rd floor.
    Then the whole employee thing.
    I chased a management company for awhile doing 4 to 7 homes a day in the Chicago burbs doing 7 to $1000 a day once every couple weeks. Too much management change and dealing with ghetto work made it not worth it and all the travel.

    It always comes back to money.

    It is a learning experience but what learned was to find easier work that I don't have to put so much unpaid time into.
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    I question working on time. How do you allow for break downs and other things that pop up? Rather do a per unit price.
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    Room price with a minimum two or three rooms to cover set up and travel time and discount just a little for three or more units per stop.

    Give them incentive to help you.

    As far as raising the rent to pay you I don't see happening. Don't try and create work and cost look for ways to save them money on turn overs and restorative cleaning.

    Hallways are big upsell too.
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    Big companies when dealing with little ones often take the 3% 10 day discount and pay in 60 days. If you tell the company you can do 4 units for $700 per day what happens if you only get 3 done that day or you get 5 done? Or they want two in one complex and two in another that is an hour away? The different complexes might have different sized units... and different ownership so billing might be different.---you are focused on making it easy for you----focus on making it easy for them.... Each facility will probably have their own property manager and some will not like having you as their only cleaner. Also most facilities have turnover on the first of the month---all will want you there on the same day....

    Good luck
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    Every year the same spiel.

    A brand new crop of newbies hungry to take over the apartment world.

    Followed by a new batch of broken dreams.
  17. Matt Wood
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    Broken dreams, maybe

    Newbie being me? Nope

    Taking over the apartment world? Sounds like bulk work that'll give me capital income, not high profit, to help operate my business.

    Also, this is the perfect setting for an unexperienced employer, like myself, to practice hiring and firing
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    Lots of "practice," however as Vince Lombadi said,
    "Practice doesn't make perfect, only perfect practice makes perfect. "
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    I’m planning to do more than just 3-5 apartments per day. I’m going to push doing 6-9 apartments, depending on how close they are together.

    With 50 complexes, I’ll try to break it down into 5 regions and schedule the van to do each region on different days

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