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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Question

I am bidding a final construction clean for a church. The property is 8,000 sq.ft. I've never done a church before, but we have done residential construction clean-ups. I'm unsure how to bid this job. With my experience in residential, it usually takes a crew of 3 10 hours to do a complete final clean, totaling 30 man hours. Can you please provide any help as to how I should bid this job?


Answer

I'll give what help I can, but I believe your experience will guide you better than someone can from afar with so little detail.
To start, you must be talking about equals. Seldom will you have an 8,000 sq. ft. home to clean, so the church structure is considerably larger than most homes. If your typical home is around 2500 sq. ft. (and not all are that large) taking 30 man-hours to clean it means you are moving at a rate of about 83 sq. ft. per hour. Veerry slow!
However, the rate depends on what has to be done, and if you must detail every inch of a building, the work moves slowly.
With the larger structure, you need information about everything that is expected. Is the interior 40 feet high and in need of dusting, or is it a contemporary design with low ceilings and little decoration?
Do you have to clean carpets or hard floors? Are furnishings in place? Stained glass windows?
Without knowing more details, we can offer only general comments.

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