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Thursday, October 23, 2014

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I am bidding for a school area of 31,150 sq. ft. in London. This is a 3-storey plus basement building. 3 cleaners will be responsible for cleaning 5x/week at 6.45/h ( with supplies) I have never bid on cleaning/labor only. Question...what price per sq. foot is acceptable in London?


Answer

I am not trying to be cute when I tell you that the acceptable price is the one that lets you do the work well and profitably. Your price per sq. ft. from your numbers is: 3x5x8x6.45 or 774/ week. Annually, that amounts to 40,248 or 1.29 per sq.ft. per year.
In US dollars that is about $2.02, which may seem a bit high here, but may not be in London. So, to answer your question, you need to determine if this pricing allows you to do what is needed and make a profit. If you cannot go lower or have to move even higher, what others in London are charging makes little difference to your operation.

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