What to Consider When Shopping for Office Cleaning
All business owners want to know what the “going price” is for office cleaning and what it includes. Most companies that Building Cleaning Services, Inc. (BCS) has given quotes to are “shopping around,” getting at least three quotes, a great idea, although price is but one of the many variables to consider when hiring any cleaning company.
The price of office cleaning depends on several factors including the type of cleaning services required, the square footage needed to be cleaned, any specific requests and how often it is cleaned. Typically, the price per square foot per visit decreases as the frequency of cleaning increases. A word of caution: If you base your decision solely off a low price, it can end up costing you more in the long run because of a lack of quality cleaning, poor consistency, and unreliable customer service.
How BCS Calculates Its Cleaning Quotes
Typically, when a potential cleaning client contacts BCS, an appointment is set to schedule a walk-through so we can put together a free quote for office cleaning. Our Janitorial Sales Manager, Alan Eames, meets with the client and he is shown all areas that need to be cleaned. If the square footage of the office is not known, measurements are taken of the areas to be cleaned. Then the frequency of cleaning is decided upon. Some clients request a few scenarios: for example, for five days/week versus three days/week, so they have a choice. We inquire as to any specific requests – items that may have been overlooked by the previous cleaning company (if there was one) so that those things are given more attention.
Then we want to know if the client would like an initial deep cleaning. Initial deep cleanings are generally required at the beginning of any cleaning program before starting regular cleaning services and normally requires a crew with multiple cleaners. Deep cleanings are well worth the upfront cost to a business. It allows BCS to bring the entire facility up to our standards and to have a fresh start.
For a large metropolitan area like Los Angeles, cleaning quotes range from $18/hour to $25+/hour, depending on all the previous factors mentioned and what you would like us to do. Other factors may also influence who you choose as your cleaning company, such as services which save you time. BCS can have our cleaners keep track of janitorial supplies and place orders when you start to run low, so you do not have to worry about ordering toilet paper, paper towels and hand soap for example. Additionally, other specialty services such as window cleaning, carpet cleaning and power washing can be obtained at a reduced price if you’re a BCS client, saving you money in the long-run. And finally, BCS prides itself on its unique Quality Control, which includes giving clients a Quality Control Logbook to communicate concerns directly to the cleaners so they can be taken care of the next visit, as well as regular visits by our Quality Control Manager to inspect the facility to ensure the job is being done right.
All these factors should be taken into consideration to determine if what you are paying for office cleaning is worth it. Again, if you base your decision solely off price, it can end up costing you more in the long term.