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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Question

I am placing bids for cleaning manufactured homes. The companies have 18 homes on their lot to show; most of them have very little, if any furniture, requiring basic vacuuming, sweeping and dusting, no restroom or mopping. Each home is approximately 1,000 sq ft. What would be a good rate to bid on this size of job?


Answer

A good rate to charge will be one that covers your business cost for doing the job and leaves you a profit.
That said, you need to determine how long each unit will take to dust, vac, etc. and decide on the rate you wish to charge. For example, if you could clean a unit every 15 minutes (4 per hour) and charged $20 per unit, you would make $80 an hour. In the 4.5 hours needed to do all 18, you would earn $360.
To get and retain this job you may need to go lower, much lower, considering the undemanding nature of this sort of housekeeping. Charge lower and move faster. Do 6 or 8 an hour.
We canít know what you can do as far as production, but a timing of your production rate in a 1000 sq. ft. area will tell you quickly.
Make sure you have electricity in each unit for the vac or you will need long cords and time to run them. Or, a small generator.

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