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Thursday's Ask the Experts: Bidding & Estimating

July 8, 2010
Thursday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: I am in the process of preparing a bid for an office building in Miami, FL. They have requested a quote as a per hour/porter rate. They need one porter from 2:30 pm-10 pm and an additional porter from 6:00 pm-10 pm. I will be paying the porters $9.00/hour. What would be an appropriate rate to charge the building per hour / porter?
The answer:
By adding your total hourly overhead rate to the $9.00 an hour you will know your hourly break-even point. For example, if payroll costs are 20%, you will add $1.80 an hour more to produce your true labor cost ($10.80/hr.). Then, add all of your other expenses in the same manner. Your final hourly rate should...
Gary Clipperton
National Pro Clean Corp.
(719) 598-5112
www.nationalproclean.com
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