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Saturday, August 02, 2014

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My company has been asked to bid on a large office complex for post-construction remodeling cleaning. This is a one-time cleaning prior to new tenants moving into the building. There are 3 floors. The main floor is 25,000 sq. ft., the 2nd floor is 23,000 sq. ft., and the 3rd floor is 15,000 sq. ft. This is an old building that is in the process of being completely remodeled. They want the carpets vacuumed, walls dusted, all windows cleaned inside and outside, VCT floors washed, and there are at least 10 single restrooms per floor. I am trying to calculate how much to charge per square foot for the office cleaning (NOT including the window cleaning price). What is the best way to do this?


Answer

Post construction clean-up is best estimated by carefully tracking the production times you have incurred on previous jobs. The cleaning variables are diverse and difficult to project in advance. In your area, with jobs the size of the one you described, we normally see a price of 13-20 cents a square foot. That price is bumped up when windows, carpet cleaning, and scrub and refinish of VCT is added. Restaurants run much higher because of all the stainless and cleaning of booths. I have seen prices up to 35 cents for restaurants.
The price range has to be narrowed by focusing on the scope of service and complexity of the cleaning demands. For example, if the GC has a person assigned to perform a rough clean daily, then the final clean will be much easier. Try to assess if counters have been brushed off and plugs and wire nuts picked up from the carpet. If you can go in with only light dusting and vacuuming, then your cleaning time is reduced.
The next area of concern is the amount of detail work required. Is there a lot of expensive cabinetry, designer molding, overspray on window trim, stairwells and elevators, polishing of lobby marble, VCT that needs finish applied after it is cleaned? If you are able to factor in and adjust to all the specific cleaning demands, then it is easier to plug in your price per square foot, according to a min/max sliding scale.

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