Thursday''s Ask the Experts questions from a cleaning professionals on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: We were asked to do a bid on an 8,500-square-foot building. It only has one unisex bathroom with a toilet, shower and sink. It has one kitchenette and approximately 20 cubicles. It is mostly carpet and we have to include semi-annual carpet cleaning of heavy traffic areas.
My question is: Should we do two separate bids, one for cleaning two days per week and one for carpet cleaning? We charge $35 per hour but they want this by the square foot What should we charge for a government building?
On a daily basis, I help contractors with their bids across the U.S. In your case, $35 an hour will likely price you out of the market for a government bid of 8,500 square feet. On the other hand, you should earn considerably more per hour on the carpet cleaning.
Without knowing more about the building, all of the cleaning challenges, use, density of occupants, exact cleaning specifications, your expenses, etc., it is difficult to give exact numbers. I''ve seen bids that
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