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Monday's Ask the Experts: Bidding on office space

December 19, 2011
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Monday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: I will be bidding on a office building, specifically a dentist office. Once a week, 6 exam rooms, 1 bath w/2 vanity sinks, vacuuming utility closets (2), break room, and dusting picture frames, sterilization area sanitized, and vacuuming foyer/waiting area. How would you price? It''s well under 10,000 sq ft.

The answer:

First off a disclaimer. We receive several requests each week for help on janitorial bids. However, without actually touring the facility, we can only make a ballpark guestimate. It is much safer to purchase bidding training manuals, take courses, or purchase janitorial bidding software so you can identify and adjust to all the cleaning variables. Without proper knowledge, it is like trying to locate travel directions by reading a map in the dark. Your description appears to represent a thorough clean once a week, which would include a lot of detail work. The production rate would probably be around ... — Gary Clipperton, president of National Pro Clean Corp.

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