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Wednesday's Ask the Experts: Fair bids

February 22, 2012
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Wednesday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: I am bidding a 31,672 sq.ft. movie theater with 10 theater rooms. There are 4 bathrooms with a total of 40 fixtures. 14 trash cans. It is to be done 7 days a week. Lobby: Non-waxable - 5,670 sq.ft. - sweeping, mopping, clean entry glass, empty trash Video Game Area: Non-waxable - 252sq. ft. - sweeping, mopping Theater Rooms - Non-waxable - 19,462sq.ft. - sweeping, mopping, wipe down arm rests Hallways- Carpet - 5,328sq.ft. - vacuum, empty trash Estimated Man Hours/day = 16.3 2-3 Cleaning Staff Based on my calculations at a 2% profit= $6353.16 Does this price seem fair? and are there any suggestions on how long this should take based on the total sq. ft.?

The answer:

It may be, but I don''t know what you are paying per man-hour or your labor burden or your supply costs or your overhead or your supervision costs. Without that information, no sound decision can be made about fairness to you or the theater manager. From what I have, you are projecting $127 profit, leaving $6226 to cover all the cleaning related expenses. Averaging 30.4 days a month, you are proposing to cover this 495.5 hour job by charging $12.57 per man-hour for your... — Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor

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