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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Question

I have been asked to bid on a 7000 sq. ft. office building. I would be cleaning twice a week. Cleaning would include dusting, windows, floors, bathrooms, desks, a small kitchenette, and baseboards. What would be a fair rate to bid?


Answer

We canít honestly say. It all depends on how quickly you can do the work and what you wish to earn for your time.
If you can clean at a rate of 2000 sq.ft. per hour for the basic tasks, you will spend about 3.5 hours on the job. If you wish to earn $30 per hour, your charge will be $105 per time or $210 per week. That figures out to $910 a month with a uniform billing.
Are these the right numbers for you? We donít know. If someone is ready to work for $25 an hour and can do the job in 3 hours, they will beat your proposal by $640 a month. It all depends on your production time and what you need to earn to make the job worthwhile. Only you can determine that.

Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX Editor
lekrafft@juno.com