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ICAN/ATEX: How can I determine how many workers I need for a job?

June 18, 2013

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I have a 12,000 sq.ft. building that the owner wants me to clean.

The tenant just moved out and he is going to rent it again. He said it is used for ballrooms, banquet parties, and that it is nothing but floor, no carpet.

I haven't seen it yet. I am going to go on Saturday, but want to be able to take the job right there and then, because it is far about 30 miles away from where I live.

I don't want to go and just look, so I want a suggestion on how many people I should take with me to finish the job that same day, and how much I should charge him.

I believe it has a bar, a men's and women's restroom.

Tuesday’s Answer:

It is difficult for an ICAN consultant to offer hard numbers on a building that is bid sight-unseen.

The largest labor range will be between simply dust mopping and damp mopping the floors, and double mopping and machine scrubbing or buffing them.

If you can simply damp mop and scrub bad spots with a green pad, you should be able to clean the facility in about 15 man-hours.

So, if you take two helpers, you should finish it the same day.

However, if there are windows to wash, then figure … - Gary Clipperton, president of National Pro Clean Corporation

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