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Monday, September 22, 2014

Question

I just started a new cleaning business. I just wanted to know the average price for cleaning a church with 4 restrooms,large santuary,7-8 classrooms and offices, 4 halls, and a staircase. This will be general cleaning, maybe 3 days a week. They also want all the halls stripped and refinished, including a very large cafeteria. I submitted a bid of $535.00 a week. Did I cheat myself or over bid? The $535.00 is only for the general cleaning. I bid $1500.00 for floors and the first time cleaning.


Answer

Without knowing the square footage and your production rates for various tasks, I cannot answer your question with any degree of certainty. What concerns me most is that neither can you.

Step one is to get an accurate sq. ft. measurement for every area you list above.
Step two is to determine how long you need to clean each area and then the total time for the entire facility.
Step three is to assign a labor cost to each and then to the total.
Step four is to add in all other business expenses that you will incur providing the service.
Step five is to add also your management fee and the desired profit for the job.

The cleaning service frequency must be nailed down. No maybes. $535/3=$178.34 a time. $535/2=$267.50 a time. Big difference in what your labor will cost you.

$1500/$.40=3750 sq.ft. If you are under that area with the very large cafeteria and hallways, you may be fine for the floor work. Once again there are variables that affect the time and cost of this work.

You must get more facts and figures before bidding this job.

Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX Editor
lekrafft@juno.com