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ICAN/ATEX: What should I charge for foreclosure cleaning?

May 10, 2013

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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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