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Monday's Ask the Experts: Government building bid

August 3, 2009
Monday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: I have been asked to put in a bid in a government building. It is 12,250 square feet; 4,400 is tile, 800 is concrete and the rest is carpet. They only want it cleaned one time for now. Just a good, thorough general cleaning: Mopping, dusting, vacuuming, restroom cleaning, window cleaning, etc. I have never charged by the square foot, so I am wondering what the typical price charge per square foot is in West Virginia?
The answer:
To quote by the square foot, you have only to divide your total price by the square footage. Assume that you can clean this building at the production rate of 2,000 square feet per hour. It will take you about 6.125 man-hours to do the job. If you charge $35 per man-hour, your price for the one-time cleaning will be about ... — Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX associate editor, lekrafft@juno.com.
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