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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Question

I have been asked to give a bid to clean a 14,000 sq. ft. office building. The building is a few years old and has been vacant for 1 year. Our client wants a top-to- bottom cleaning, including removing adhesive lettering from several doors and cleaning bugs out of light fixtures. There are six restrooms, 2 kitchen/break areas. With the exception of the restrooms and kitchen floors, everything is carpet. We are doing entranceway windows only and basic sweeping and vacuuming. How should I bid this job to provide quality work and make a profit? I bid it at $45 per hour, estimating 91.5 hours. If I am way off I have a couple of weeks to change.


Answer

It is challenging to assist with time estimates without seeing the building, but your estimated time of 91.5 hours would average 153 sq. ft per hour. This would normally be on the high side except in your case where you have to remove lettering, etc. Just cleaning light fixtures can take 2-4 minutes each. At $45 an hour your price would be $4117 or 29 cents a sq. ft. Overall, 29 cents is usually high for an initial clean, but about right for a post construction clean. The job is likely worth that, but in a down economy you may want to stay under $4K. On the other hand, if you have to deep clean all the carpet then the price is very appealing.

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