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Friday's Ask the Experts: Job estimation

June 10, 2011
Friday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: I need to submit an estimate to clean a building in Miami, FL that is 30,000 square feet and needs to be done five times a week. Most of the building is office with carpet, with a few areas such as the restrooms and kitchen that have tile. I just want to start my business now. Do you have any suggestions on how to estimate this job?
The answer:
I have helped several dozen contractors with bids on the Ask the Experts board. However, when it comes to bidding 30,000 square feet, the margin for error is compressed. In other words, just being off 10 percent on your labor projection could make a difference between success and failure. With that said, your pricing will probably range between $2400 and $4500 a month.
Without knowing the exact cleaning specifications, workload density, use of building, customer expectations... — Gary Clipperton, president of National Pro Clean Corp.
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