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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Question

I need know how to estimate the cost for cleaning elevator windows on the inside of a glass hoistway of a building. And also, how much is a fair market price for this service in the southeastern region?


Answer

You may have gotten a more detailed answer by inquiring on a window cleaners’ forum from someone who commonly does this work, but here is my general take.
Any work you do is to make a profit, money beyond the actual expenses involved which includes your salary. To do this, you must price the work according to its time and expenses.
How long will it take you to do this job? Are you paying labor costs to others? How will you access it? Will you have to buy or rent special rigging or lifts to reach the windows? Do you need safety gear? Are you using a water-fed pole setup or strip washer and squeegee? Do you have the tools and equipment you need to do the work?
When you can answer these questions, you will be able to set a price that makes sense for you, on this job, and for the capability of your company.
A fair market price is one that will allow you to do a good job, pay your expenses, make a modest profit, and attract the customer. That description works the same in all parts of the country.

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