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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Question

I have been asked to provide an estimate to a motel that is looking to sub-contract our cleaners for housekeeping. The motel would be providing all products and they would just be paying for our cleaners to be there 5 days a week. Do you think it would be best to charge the motel by hour or provide them a flat monthly amount for three cleaners? The motel has about 30 rooms.


Answer

You run a high risk of incurring unexpected costs when bidding by the room or giving a flat fee per month. There are too many variables. It takes less time to clean a stay over because you don't pull the sheets. That ratio can change from week to week, and who will eat the extra 20% labor per room? You have a time loss when moving from one end of the facility to the other, when there is a Do Not Disturb sign. There are always interruptions for special services. Proposing an hourly rate takes the unpredictability out of the equation.

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