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Tuesday's Ask the Experts: Pricing construction cleaning

August 25, 2009
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Tuesday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: I have been in the cleaning business for about 30 years. I have opened and closed two businesses in cleaning. I have been in business for a third time for about 15 years. I have mainly stayed with residential cleaning, but would like to start doing construction cleaning again. It has been about 20 years since I last did construction cleans and I am not up to date on the prices per square foot. And is there a price for cleaning the interior and a separate price for the windows? I live in Colorado.
The answer:
You must set your own prices to match your current expenses and profit needs. Since the interior cleaning requirements vary from job to job, each of the tasks must be priced to conform to your production capabilities.
Some jobs will have resilient tile that needs scrubbing and finishing, and some will ask for just a vacuuming and mopping. Some floors will be carpeted and need only a vacuuming, while others will need spots removed. The same will hold for the windows. Some will be large plate glass done quickly with a squeegee, and some will be small panes requiring ... — Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX associate editor, lekrafft@juno.com
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