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Thursday's Ask the Experts: Rates

March 22, 2012
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Thursday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: How much should I charge to clean a 14,000 sq. ft. house? How many employees will I need? What is the breakdown on hours needed, etc.

The answer:

The quick answer to all your questions is, I don''t know!
All hinges on how fast you can clean, and that depends on the conditions within the structure, your equipment and experience, and other factors of which I know nothing! If you can clean at a rate of 3500 sq. ft. per hour, you will need 4 hours to do the work. You can use one person for that time or use two and have the job done in 2 hours. Either way it needs 4 man-hours at that rate. If you pay $9 an hour, your cost for labor (20% labor burden) will be about $44 for the 4 hour session. You need to charge more than that to cover insurance, supplies, supervision, overhead and ... — Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor

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