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ICAN/ATEX: What is the best way to bid post construction cleanup?

May 6, 2013

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We are bidding on a Target store in Alberta, Canada that is about 120,000 sq. ft. with about 100,000 sq. ft. of shelving.

They want a price on the final clean before move-in.

They are after a hospital clean.

Can you give me an idea about what to charge per sq. ft., or what other Target store post construction cleans have been done for?

Monday’s Answer:

Since I have no idea of what exactly needs to be done or what you intend to do it with, I can’t offer any accurate pricing.

You must list what they need done and set a production rate for doing it.

Then, you can figure labor rates (with burden) and factor in other business related costs and your desired profit.

For example, ISSA’s 540 Cleaning Times says that dust mopping 1000 sq. ft. with a 30” head will take 6 minutes.

Multiply 6 by 120 and you get 720 minutes or 12 man-hours for that task.

On the other hand, if you use a wide area vac, you can move much faster, but you may need to damp mop as well, or, possibly, they want the tile finished.

What is required?

The dusting with a treated cloth will  … - Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor

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