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Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Question

My business has been asked to submit a bid for three local utility business offices. Each location is 15,000 sq. ft., with basic cleaning (mopping, vacuuming, dusting, etc.) 2 times a week. Two of the locations are 10 minutes away, and the one location is half an hour away. Twice a week on three locations for one check, any advice on how much to bid? (They supply everything but the vacuum cleaner.)


Answer

Include the travel time if you are doing this as route work.
Figure to spend a bit more time for a twice a week job than for one done nightly. The accumulation of blemishes will be greater with the service frequency reduced.
Price each facility individually to make certain any special considerations are provided for. These are things such as traffic, condition of surfaces, access to water source, and such like.
15,000 sq. ft. at 3000 sq. ft. per hour will mean 5 manhours of cleaning. With three such in one evening, you are looking at roughly 15 manhours plus travel time between them. Good reason for applying a team approach to each or hiring someone for each building to cover them separately. Will they let you stagger them so all are not done on the same night?
Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor
lekrafft@juno.com