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ICAN/ATEX: What is the going rate for stripping and refinishing?

April 15, 2013

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A public school in South MS is bidding out its summer strip/refinish work.

The school is about 200,000 sq. ft. We are very capable of completing the work, but do not want to under bid.

The bid is for labor and equipment only. The chemicals would be provided by the school district.

We would move/replace all furniture, strip and apply 5 coats. Our bid estimates are about .11 cents/ sq. ft.

Does anyone know the going rate for a school strip/refinish with the contractor removing/replacing furniture.

Monday’s Answer:

School strip/recoat projects can be lucrative, but only if you get the bid, which, as you mention, will probably be competitive.

I trust that you have a feel for the prevailing wages in your area for the type of work you will be doing.

Take into consideration the local minimum wage as a baseline, if you have nothing else.

Most important will be the efficiency of your team in getting the work done. You'll have to be organized as never before in planning out the process.

First, pulling and replacing the furniture is critical in time management.

Consider making a furniture arrangement chart on the blackboard of each classroom, since most teachers are very fussy about having their chairs replaced in a certain … - ICAN representative

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