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I was recently approached by the Vice President of a local bank to bid a clean up job in a building they had foreclosed on in town.
I am unsure of how to bid this because it’s both residential and business.
The building is 2 story with a full basement.
The top floor is 2 small apartments. The main floor is a special small restaurant with another apartment behind it. It’s approximately 4500 square foot.
The basement is full of stuff, but another crew will be dealing with the trash removal; my job is to make sure the building is move-in ready.
I guess whoever owned this building and restaurant just locked the doors one evening and never returned, so there is food and such left behind.
My question is how much should I charge to clean this place and make it move in ready? It’s in pretty bad shape.
Friday’s Answer:I am going to suggest you offer to clean at a fixed rate of $30 per man-hour (or what you feel is fair for what is needed) for whatever time it takes to do the work.
Fix a maximum not-to-exceed price if you wish, but let the VP understand that there are too many unknowns to set a fixed price and you don’t want to low-price the job and then have to cut corners to make a small profit or just break even.
The restaurant may be greasy and require a lot of hands-on work.
Spoiled food is disgusting to work with and requires ventilation … - Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor
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