ICAN/ATEX: How much should I bid to clean a 40,000 square foot area?

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Size 40K sq. ft. consisting of vacuuming carpet (using rented equip), area of tile floor (unsure of size), and wiping down inside windows and sills.

One time cleaning only.

Also, assuming the building is empty commercial space. How long & how much based on one person or two?

Thursday’s Answer:

As much as we would like to help, there is insufficient information here to offer much beyond the above generality.

In an open building, a back pack vacuum can cover 10,000 sq. ft. per hour, but this place could be strewn with litter from a move-out and that will add more time to the job.

I am wary because of the word "assuming" regarding the occupancy. Have you not visited the site and done an accurate survey so that you know for a certainty the condition, location of water sources, accessibility, and, of course, whether the space is open or filled?

This leads me to the sermon of the day based on the question of the day. Why do people in our industry try to price work they have not looked at closely?

First, you need to know exactly what is needed and the expected outcome. If you wouldn't buy even an inexpensive suit without trying it on, why would you not do a building ... Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor

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Posted On August 22, 2013
Lynn Krafft

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