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ICAN/ATEX: How much should I charge for 19 different buildings?

October 16, 2013

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I just got an offer to clean common areas for 19 small buildings with 2 floors in the Miami beach area. 1 to 2 times a month.

There is no gym, laundry area, elevator. The scope of work is to remove all debris from the hallways, clean windows, mop or vacuum entry area.

Need to know how much should I charge for each building?

Wednesday’s Answer:

Again, a question with no certain answer from us.

The good aspect of this project is that the common areas are usually open and accessible with few obstructions, meaning that they clean fast.

However, there are some unknowns here, such as travel time from one building to the next, ease of access to water for the mopping, where the trash container is located at each site, how accessible the window glass is, is it once or is it twice (affects the degree of resoiling and debris accumulation), type of traffic that varies from building to building, availability of electric outlets, time to unload and reload supplies and equipment for each building (how near the entrance can you park?).

Add to that the unknown square footage involved at each site.

These are all time factors affecting ... Lynn E. Krafft, ICANATEX editor

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