Many cleaning professionals visit the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) Ask the Experts (ATEX) page for insight. We deliver advice to help you perform your job.
How much should it cost per week to clean a 15,000-square-foot grocery store?
A quick answer from an ICAN representative is that the only way to calculate a bid is to find out the specifications or scope of work and the frequency.
Often this sort of inquiry arrives without any details or specifications like the question mentioned above. "Cleaning" is a general term that may refer to everything, from pulling a few trash baskets from the check-out line to autoscrubbing the entire vinyl composition tile (VCT) floor. You need to be more exact as to what you are being asked to do.
You then need to assign a number to each task that represents the time you need to do the work. This must be translated into the labor rates for your operation. Add in the costs of equipment and supplies, insurances, overhead for the business, and profit.
There is a grave danger in tossing out a cost per square foot that may or may not fit your operation and then praying that it will work out for you.
It is a misuse of prayer and that is why we won't do it.
Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX Editor
View additional bidding & estimating questions and answers from ICAN/ATEX here.