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Monday's Ask the Experts: Bidding & Estimating

June 28, 2010
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Monday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: I am placing bids for cleaning manufactured homes. The companies have 18 homes on their lot to show; most of them have very little, if any furniture, requiring basic vacuuming, sweeping and dusting, no restroom or mopping. Each home is approximately 1,000 sq ft. What would be a good rate to bid on this size of job?
The answer:
A good rate to charge will be one that covers your business cost for doing the job and leaves you a profit.
That said, you need to determine how long each unit will take to dust, vac, etc. and decide on the rate you wish to charge. For example, if you could clean a unit every 15 minutes (4 per hour) and charged $20 per unit, you would make...
Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX Editor
lekrafft@juno.com
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