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Friday's Ask the Experts: Pricing concerns

January 6, 2012

Friday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: I have two places equaling 16,500 sq ft. One place is 11,000 sq. ft. and the other is 5,500 sq. ft. The larger one is cleaned 7 days a week, 6 restrooms with a person working for a few hours mid-day Mon.-Fri., 40 rooms. The other is cleaned Mon.-Fri. with 3 bathrooms and 25 rooms. The contract calls for mopping, dusting, vacuuming, restroom detailing, buffing (quarterly) and as needed, we supply the can liners. These are my figures. Please let me know if I''m wrong and if I am, what I should charge for this. 11,000 sq. ft. x $0.035 per sq ft = $385.00 per day 5,500 sq. ft. x $0.035 = $192.00 Total = $577 per day Is this too much? What would be a good price for this type of work?

The answer:

Again we have one of those “I don’t know” questions. You may be able to pull that off, but I doubt it. Those numbers look much too high. If you can clean the 11,000 sq. ft. building at a rate of 3000 sq. ft. per hour, it will take 3.7 hours to clean each time. Using a service charge of $22 per hour, that adds up to $81 a day or $.0074 per sq. ft. per day. That is about $2.69 per sq. ft. per year as opposed to your proposed $12.74 per sq. ft. per year. That is a huge difference.
At $22 per man-hour, you are projecting your daily ... — Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor

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