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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Question

I am going to bid on a 20,000 sq.ft. building. Half of the building is carpet and the other half is VCT. I have not done a building this big before. My questions are, how long do you think this will take to clean, and is $20.00 an hour (my normal charge) too much or to little to be charging? It is just my husband and I that do the work. We do not have employees.


Answer

Answer #1:
There are too many unknowns, such as type of building, number of employees, use of the facility and scope of cleaning services, to supply exact numbers.
My guess is that in the Springfield area, larger contractors clean typical 20K office buildings in 5 Ĺ - 7 hours nightly and pay their help under $10 an hour. By doubling the labor cost, you might be slightly higher.

Gary Clipperton
National Pro Clean Corp.
(719) 598-5112
www.nationalproclean.com

Answer #2:
At $20 an hour, you and your husband are making $10 an hour each as a wage. By the time you figure in your business operating costs and travel expense and the like, you are making less than if you worked for someone else without the grave responsibility of running a business.
If I misunderstood and the $20 is a man-hour rate so that you are actually charging $40 an hour for your total service, you are doing better. However, by now you should know your usual production rate. As a team you can clean, letís say, 6100 sq. ft. per hour. That is between the 6 and 7 hour time Gary suggested above. As a team, you will be finished in about 3 ľ hours.
At $40, this job will gross you $130 per night.
Now the questions are, can you hit that rate and keep up quality (not skipping what is soiled to save time), and can you live with the money (you have a decent return after expenses are deducted)?
Knowing these things, you can give a solid answer to your original questions.

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