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ICAN/ATEX: How would you advise a newbie bidder?

February 20, 2013
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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.

Wednesday’s Question:ICANATEX Logo

I’m new to bidding and estimating. I have to bid on an office that has 16,000 sq.ft. It has 35 employees, 2 restrooms, office/conference room, 71 cubicles, 13 offices, 3 conference rooms, 1 training room, all carpeted.

7x14 mopping area plus restrooms and I supply all hand towels, toilet paper, small trash bags, large bags, hand soap, and neutral cleaner.

My travel time is about 40 min. each way and I need employees.

Could you please help me with a breakdown and price?

Wednesday’s Answer:

This is a fairly large project to take on without estimating experience, even with the help of the Cleaning Times handbook.
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You also need to estimate the product usage you mention, paper products and such. Be careful.

Just as a rough guide, 16,000 sq. ft. cleaned at 2500 sq. ft. per hour means about 6.5 man-hours, so one worker could do it in one shift, but adding the 1.5 travel time brings you to a full 8 hour job.

Add a worker (employee) and possibly you can cut the cleaning time down to 3.25 hours per person.

We can’t help you with the product usage described above. It is hard to know the usage without  … Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor

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