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ICAN/ATEX: How should I bid on a specific post-construction job?

October 16, 2012
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Many cleaning professionals visit the International Custodial Advisers Network (ICAN) Ask the Experts page for insight and, every business day, we deliver advice to better help you perform your job.

Tuesday’s Question:ICANATEX Logo

We had recently had a request to provide a construction cleaning proposal for a state court and library facility in Sacramento, CA.

We have been in business for a couple years, cleaning offices and other facilities. However, we don't have any experience in getting government contracts.

I need guidance and advice on putting out an accurate proposal and figuring out how to price the job. The building total sq. ft. is 188,000 sq. ft.

We will only be responsible for cleaning about 170,000 sq. ft. six floors high. The project time is 3 weeks based on that information.

We need to hire 13 people that are subcontractors in our network. All the cleaners need to be paid a prevailing wage.

Where can I find out the prevailing wage for construction cleaning? Since I hire the subcontractors, I am not required to pay for medical and other fees.

What would be an hourly rate excluding fees?

Project Details: Dusting shelves, baseboards window ledges and all horizontal surfaces, vacuuming carpet, restroom cleaning, window cleaning , elevator and stair mopping, trash removal. I’d appreciate your help and advice.

Tuesday’s Answer:

My advice is to skip this one. Here is why, and I’m not encouraging you to be overly timid, but simply to exercise due caution.

1) You have already noted that you have no experience with construction clean-up and yet the project you are looking at amounts to, not 17,000 sq. ft., but 170,000 sq. ft.

2) Assuming a cleaning rate of 200 sq. ft. per hour (and this is an illustration only) it will take 850 person hours to do the work.

3) I waded through the information at  … - Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor

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