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ICAN/ATEX: How should I approach my first bid?

April 30, 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.

Tuesday’s Question:ICANATEX Logo

I'm in the process of preparing my first bid and I'm unsure of the pricing.

They want a crew for overnight cleaning.

The days are Sunday through Thursday from 6 pm until no later than 1 am.

I also would like a separate bid for a day porter, Monday through Friday 7 am until 4 pm.

The day porter should also be able to perform light maintenance duties.

How much should I charge them? The current cleanable square footage is 78,577.15 total for both buildings.

Tuesday’s Answer:

Not much to go on here.

If you can clean at the rate of (just an example) 2250 sq. ft. per hour, you will need about 35 man-hours fitted into 7 hours a night.

Figure that you will need 5 cleaners (7x5=35). Add your labor rate (including burden), say $10 per hour, and you need to charge $350 a night to break even on the manpower. $1750 per week.

The day person will cost 8 hours a day times 5 days x $10 per hour = $400 for the week.

Now, your labor … - Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor

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