Wednesday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: I am being asked to bid on a 20,000 sq. ft. grocery store. The floors need to be swept, mopped and buffed nightly. I figure that, with two people, this will take about 6 hours per night. My question is, if I am paying my employees $14 an hour each + overhead costs (mops, buckets, solutions, buffer machine, etc.) would charging 85.00 per hour be too low? In my area, the average per hour rate is very difficult to find.
First, I would conclude that you can do this job faster than you have projected.
Second, I would suggest that the excess time will kill your chances of getting the work faster than the hourly rate. At $85 an hour, your nightly charge will be $1020 for the 12 hour session. If you could drop your time to five man-hours, that would change to ... — Lynn E. Krafft
, ICAN/ATEX Editor