Wednesday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: I am being asked to provide post construction cleanup on a new 125,000-square-foot-building. We have been in the cleaning business over 20 years, but on the few post cleanups we did, the company basically told us what they were willing to pay so we did not have to bid.
I am trying to figure a production rate for a seasoned cleaning crew. This new company has a lot more work if our bid is right.
Look back into your records and find the payout in labor for those older cleanup projects. Compare that to your payment from the construction company.
Was that sufficient to give you a profit after all the costs of the job were covered? If not, you need to charge more, obviously.
If you do not know for certain the costs you face and the time you need for completion of the work, why not suggest an hourly charge per man? You can cap it for ... — Lynn E. Krafft
, ICAN/ATEX editor