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Friday's Ask the Experts: Bidding construction cleanup

November 20, 2009
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Friday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: We have been asked to bid on a construction cleanup for an 8,900 square-foot school. We will do everything from buffing and finishing the floors to restrooms and windows. We will have to rent the equipment for the floors and all cleaning supplies are out of pocket expenses. How should we bid?

The answer:

Those of us who answer bid questions are at a definite disadvantage. We are uncertain of your expenses, desired profits, the experience and cleaning speed of your crews, the cost of your supplies, the exact conditions existing within the buildings and a detailed list of all the specifications.
One way to price it would be in the neighborhood of 10 cents a square foot for the final clean, plus ... — Gary Clipperton of the National Pro Clean Corporation, (719) 598-5112
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