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Monday, September 22, 2014

Question

I have been asked to put in a bid in a government building. It is 12,250 square feet. 4400 is tile, 800 is concrete and the rest is carpet. They only want it cleaned one time for now. Just a good, thorough general cleaning. Mopping, dusting, vacuuming, restroom cleaning, window cleaning, etc. I have never charged by the square foot, so I am wondering what the typical price is to charge per square foot in WV?


Answer

To quote by the sq. ft. you have only to divide your total price by the square footage. Assume that you can clean this building at the production rate of 2000 sq. ft. per hour. It will take you about 6.125 man-hours to do the job. If you charge $35 per man-hour, your price for the one-time cleaning will be about $214. At that price, your sq. ft. charge is $.0175 per sq. ft. (214/12,250)
Forget about typical prices in WV or anywhere else. Use your own numbers to get a price that works for you and your company.
If this building has been neglected or is truly cluttered, the above production rate may be to fast for it and you may have to lower it to allow for more time. If the building is in good shape, you should be able to increase your hourly production rate above the above quoted number. Normally a one time clean is billed at a higher rate than a regularly scheduled account. Use your own rates, not those of others.
Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX Associate Editor
lekrafft@juno.com