Wednesday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: I live in Florida and would like to know the charge to clean a 43,000-square-foot country club. It has five dining rooms, eight bathrooms with showers, rugs, wood floor, many windows (250 window ledges), desks, tile and rugs, tables to be dusted, an employee area, bars, three elevators and four staircases.
Your area is showing a janitorial labor rate of roughly $10.83 an hour. Since you are unfamiliar with bidding a job of this magnitude, you might consider starting with an hourly rate. If you were to double your labor price and charge $21.66 an hour including all equipment, chemical, supplies, insurance and overhead, your profit should be acceptable (probably in the 25 percent range).
Next, convince the manager to give you a shot and you will provide the most efficient, motivated and thorough staff possible. After two weeks, see if you can negotiate a monthly price and write up a contract. There are too many unknown variables to quote an exact square foot price. Things like ...
— Gary Clipperton, National Pro Clean Corporation