This document sets forth a bid proposal, prepared by a cleaning or janitorial service
company, to secure a cleaning contract for an apartment or apartment building. An
apartment cleaning bid is a quote listing the company’s rates or prices and may include
general terms. An apartment cleaning proposal provides comprehensive information
about the cleaning company, its services and qualifications, and pricing. This bid
proposal contains standard terms about the company and services provided but can be
modified so that the company best reflects its qualifications when bidding for a cleaning
Apartment Cleaning Bid Proposal
Table of Contents
I. BACKGROUND .......................................................................Error! Bookmark not defined.3
II. STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE............................................................................................................... 4
III. APARTMENT CLEANING BID ROPOSAL CONTENTS ........................................................... 5
IV. CHECKLIST .............................................................................................................................. 9
V. PITFALLS ................................................................................................................................. 9
VI. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ............................................Error! Bookmark not defined.11
VII. APARTMENT CLEANING BID PROPOSAL TEMPLATE ...Error! Bookmark not defined.12
VIII. DISCLAIMER .....................................................................Error! Bookmark not defined.19
The apartment cleaning industry generates millions of dollars in revenue each year and is
expected to experience rapid growth over the next few years. As the competitive landscape for
apartment cleaning companies intensifies, it is important for companies (and individuals)
competing in this environment to put their best foot forward from the beginning of the process.
Preparing a winning bid proposal plays a key role in determining whether or not you get the
Creating an apartment cleaning proposal bid is a necessary and important first step in
establishing a business relationship. The amount of time and effort you spend preparing your
bid can greatly influence the decision of whether or not your company is selected for the job.
The key to preparing a successful bid is to convey to prospective employers or clients a solid
representation of your company’s ability to successfully deliver quality services at competitive
The need to prepare a bid proposal is usually the result of a company’s request or invitation to
submit a bid proposal or a proactive effort on your part to solicit new business from a new
company. In either case, you must ensure that you put forth your best effort and represent
your company and the products and services it offers as professionally and accurately as
There is a small difference between apartment cleaning bids and apartment cleaning
proposals. An apartment cleaning bid is a simple quote of your company’s rates or prices and
may include a general terms statement or contract. An apartment cleaning proposal is a
comprehensive packet of information about your company, your services, qualifications and
pricing for apartment cleaning services and support.
By following the step-by-step apartment cleaning bid proposal guide and the apartment
cleaning bid proposal template, you can rest assured that you have covered all aspects of the
plan and that you will present your company in the most favorable position to prospective
employers, greatly increasing your odds of gaining new business!
II. STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE
Understand the needs and objectives of the project.
The key to preparing a successful apartment cleaning bid proposal is to clearly understand the
prospective employer’s current position and needs. Make sure you understand the 5 W’s –
who, what, why, where, when and how. Gather as much information about the company and
the project as possible.
Determine if you have the right qualifications and resources.
You need to be sure that you have the capabilities necessary to the job, and to do it well.
Determine if you have adequate staff, expertise and equipment.
You want to make sure that your company is a good match for the job and that the job is a
good match for you!
It is common to have questions about the scope of the project or job you are bidding on. If you
do have questions it is best to ask them upfront. It may be helpful to create a comprehensive
list of questions and then divide them into two categories: questions that need to be answered
to complete the bid proposal and questions that need to be answered if the job is awarded.
Prepare an Outline
Before you actually prepare the bid proposal, prepare an outline.
Prepare the Bid
Now, you are ready to put together your proposal. Depending on the nature of the proposal,
the page length may range from 5 – 30 pages. The key is to include the requested and or
pertinent information and convey it in a very concise manner. Sometimes additional
information is helpful. Your proposal may include resumes, insurance certificates, references,
sales and marketing literature, and/or a service agreement.
III. APARTMENT CLEANING BID PROPOSAL CONTENTS
The cover sheet includes:
The name and address of the company you are preparing the bid for.
Your company name, address, contact information and logo.
The cover letter briefly describes your company and its position, why you are submitting a bid
and outlines the services your company will provide. The cover letter should:
Include your company’s name and address.
Be addressed to the appropriate recipient.
Specify the project or job.
Give a brief summary of your company, its services and product offerings.
Highlight the qualifications and skills of the cleaners.
State your goals and objectives.
Explain how you will ensure that the job is done well.
Include a signature
The company background provides information on your company to the prospective employer
and should include the following:
Who we are
What we do
The general provision states your overall intent to provide labor, materials and equipment to
perform the job.
Enter the length of time for the proposed cleaning contract and a proposed start date. Include
contract renewal options and specify how changes in project scope will be handled.
The service schedule specifies the dates and times that cleaning services will be provided to the
employer and is often presented in terms of days of the week. List the Services you will provide
in detail in Schedule A “Services”.
Pricing for Services will be detailed in Schedule B “Pricing”.
Determine the process for requesting and providing additional services. For example, require a
client to submit a written request to expand the list of services and agree to provide a response
services within a certain time frame.
Explain how you plan to invoice the client and the payment terms. For example, you will invoice
the employer monthly and payment is “due upon receipt”, 30 days, or 45 days. If you have a
standard invoicing policy, include it here.
Describe in detail your cleaning specifications and criteria. Give general examples that apply to
APARTMENT CLEANING SUPPLIES AND EQUIPMENT
List and describe in detail the supplies and equipment that will be used for cleaning.
Specify if you will provide cleaning supplies and equipment. If you use environment friendly
supplies, note that here. This could serve as a competitive advantage over your competition.
List the type of insurance your company has. Many employers have minimum insurance
coverage requirements. You should be prepared to provide proof to the employer, if requested.
This provision confirms whether or not your company will work as an independent contractor.
It is important to clearly define the relationship between you and your employer for legal and
tax reporting purposes.
Enter the length of time the “Pricing” will remain in effect and the methodology that will be
used to determine future price increases.
Include your company’s termination policy (30 days written notice is standard).
Schedule A “Services”: List in detail all services you propose to provide. Include a staffing
Schedule B “Pricing”: List in detail pricing for services. This may include an hourly rate or a flat
fee per program or service. Pricing should include a breakdown of labor and overhead
List of References
Sales or Marketing Literature
Training and/or Staff Recruiting Program
Time tracking and reporting policies
Proof of Insurance
Include Business Cards
Understand the 5 W’s and the How of the project scope
Check proposal for spelling and grammar errors
Sign and Date the Proposal
Inadequate information about the company’s needs or project scope
o Do not try to respond to a request for proposal without a sound
understanding of the project scope.
Failure to meet submission deadlines
o It is important to submit your proposal in a timely fashion. Failure to do
so could result in the denial of your proposal. If you need more time,
request it from the company before the submission deadline
Lack of qualifications
o If you do not have the right qualifications, you may not want to waste your
time or the prospective employer’s time by submitting a bid.
Generic proposal template
o It is very helpful to start with an applicable proposal template. However,
take the time necessary to present your company in the best possible way
and to customize your proposal. Adjust the template specifically for your
business, policies, operation.
Grammar and spelling errors
o Thoroughly review your proposal before you submit it. Proposals
submitted with errors or mistakes are a big turn off to prospective
employers and could result in rejection.
Signing the proposal
o Don’t forget to sign and date the proposal.
Forgetting to follow up
o If you haven’t heard back from the prospective employer within a
reasonable time frame, it is necessary and appropriate to follow up.
Sometimes it takes employers longer to respond than expected. This
doesn’t mean that you are out of the running, but following up will give
you an idea of where you stand.
VI. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Request for Proposal (RFP) – A request for proposal (RFP) is a prospective employer’s
way of soliciting detailed bids for a potential job or project.
Request for Quote (RFQ) – A request for quote (RFQ) is a prospective employer’s way of
soliciting quotes (pricing only) for a potential job or project.
Proposals vs. Bids – Proposals are much more detailed than bids. Proposals require a lot
more information and bids typically require price quotes. Proposals are 5-30 pages, Bids
are 1- 5 pages.
After you have submitted your proposal, you may have to wait weeks or even months
before a decision is made by the hiring company. Often times, prospective employers
go through a down selection process, where they identify the top companies and invite
them in for an interview.
VII. APARTMENT CLEANING BID PROPOSAL TEMPLATE
APARTMENT CLEANING BID PROPOSAL
______________________ (enter name of Company proposal being made to)
________________________ (insert Company’s address)
SUBMITTED BY: ____________________ (enter your Company’s Name)
________________________ (enter your Company’s Address)
[YOUR COMPANY’S LETTERHEAD]
Re: Apartment Cleaning Bid Proposal for ______________________
Thank you for allowing ______________ (your Company’s name) to prepare and submit
an Apartment Cleaning Bid Proposal for ____________________ (enter name of
company/location/building proposal being submitted for).
Our Company’s goal is to provide customized professional cleaning services and support
to each of our customer’s to the best of our abilities, with the highest possible standards.
Our stringent hiring process allows us to supply the most productive, reliable and
efficient professional cleaners on the market. Each and every one of our professional
cleaners/janitors completes an extensive cleaning and safety training program that has proven to
be successful and yield desired results.
At _____________ (your Company’s name), we understand the importance and value of
a clean environment. We are committed to providing strong management and direction to ensure
that our services are delivered to you in a smooth and hassle free manner.
We look forward to the opportunity of servicing your needs and becoming a valued
partner in maintaining and improving the appearance and cleanliness of your
(Your Company’s Name/Representative)
APARTMENT CLEANING BID PROPOSAL
_________________ (the “Company”) agrees to provide to _____________ (the
“Client”), all labor, supervision, materials and equipment necessary to assure the
performance of the Company of the apartment cleaning services (the “Services”) for the
The Services that the Company shall provide to the Client are set forth in
Schedule “A” attached hereto.
The Company shall provide such Services to the Client for a period of
___________ (___) months/years, with a commencement date of ________________, or
at such other date as the Company and the Client in writing may agree.
The Client, at its sole option, has the right to renew or expand the scope of the
Services to be provided.
The Company’s cleaning staff shall perform the Services for the Client on the
dates and times as agreed to between them and shall observe all holidays of the Client.
The Company shall adapt the service schedule to meet and serve the Client’s
needs and requests.
The Company shall provide the Services to the Client ___________ (___) times
per week at the following days and times as set out below:
(i) Monday –
(ii) Tuesday –
(iii) Thursday –
(iv) Friday –
(v) Saturday –
(vi) Sunday –
or at such other times as the Company and the Client may agree to in writing.
The Company proposes to the Client that Services shall be payable monthly to the
Company at the rate of ____________ ($______) per hour/per week/per month.
Pricing for Services are set forth Schedule “B” Pricing.
The Company, in addition to the Services set out on Schedule “A” hereto, also
can or may provide the additional services (the “Additional Services”) to the Client as
Such Additional Services shall be provided to the Client upon written request to
the Company, and at such time, the Company shall provide to the Client price quotes for
any Additional Services requested.
The Company will invoice the Client on a monthly basis by providing an up-to-
date invoice to the Client by the _____ day of each and every month.
Any and all payments due and owing to the Company by the Client shall be paid
within ______ (___) days’ of the Company receiving such invoice.
The Company shall clean the designated areas based on the “Cleaning
Specifications” outlined in Schedule “C”.
CLEANING SUPPLIES AND EQUIPMENT
The Client shall provide and maintain all necessary cleaning equipment to the
Company, including but not limited to, floor machines, buffers, vacuums, maid carts,
buckets, mops and brooms and the Client shall keep all such cleaning supplies in a safe
and secure location.
The Company shall ensure it maintains at all time or times, proper safety
standards in connection with the performance by Company of the Services at the
Company’s location where Services are to be performed.
The Company shall at all times maintain insurance applicable to the Services
being performed by the Company and shall include comprehensive liability coverage,
property damage, Worker’s Compensation and bonding.
The Company shall furnish to the Client a copy of such relevant insurance policy
upon request of the Client.
Any and all staff or personnel supplied by the Company for the performance of
the Services shall be deemed employees of the Company, and at no time shall they be
considered employees or agents of the Company.
Any prices quoted to the Client shall remain in full force and effect for a period of
______ (___) year. After this time, price escalation will be based upon the [Enter the
applicable labor/material index or applicable formula that will be used determine
Any agreement or agreements entered into between the Company and the Client
may be terminated at any time by either party, by providing ________ (___) day’s
written notice to the other party.
YOUR COMPANY’S NAME
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