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ICAN/ATEX: What is the going rate for construction cleanup?

August 26, 2013

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Can anyone tell me what the going rate for construction cleaning is in Columbus, Ohio?

I may get the chance to bid on a luxury residential complex that has at least 7, 24-family buildings ..each 30,000 sq. ft.

Monday’s Answer:

If you check our archives ( you will find numerous suggested rates for construction cleaning.

My recommendation is to use "going rates" with great caution and here is why.

Firstly, you need to know your own costs of delivering the service you offer.

What others charge depends on their experience, equipment, overhead, labor costs, and a host of other factors that may not apply equally to your operation.

And there is the possibility that some others just shoot from the hip when targeting this market rather than taking careful aim by doing on-site surveys and completing competent job costing. Sometimes they hit the target and sometimes they miss by a wide margin.

You need to discipline yourself to do better.

Secondly, the fact that these are destined to be luxury apartments means nothing to the contractors doing the construction.

Seldom are there stricter requirements for   ... Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor

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