with higher cost of chemicals and gas I am now charging in TN .40 to .50 a foot unless it is over 3000 ft and then may come down to .35 depending on conditions and if I have a maintenace aggreement. My Minimum for stripping and finishing now is $300.
I feel the same way about my pricing. The way the price for everything is i don't see how anyone can charge .25 for a job. I charge no less than .40 for the job. If it is going to be a lot of work to clean up it will be more. If it is a very large job the we can talk about price. My min is 275.00.
Hello to all: I'm a new member. I'm working on a bid to Scrub and recoat 78000 sq ft at a mall. They want 4 coats. I see alot of posts at 25 cents per sq ft but that is small offices and such. What is a reasonable rate for an area this size. The floor is in good shape and we have adequete ventilation. Thanks ahead of time.
If your finish covers 2000 sq feet to a gallon then it would take 156 gallons to do this job. At around $25 gallon that would come to $3,900 just for the finish. Add onto that a mark up and tax of around $390. I am sure that you are using a auto scrubber on this job, that will also take cleaner. Lets estimate a couple of hundred for that. I would have 4 people on this job. One running the scrubber, one sweeping and doing some detail and two with mops working on black marks, burns, and so on. Then I would have two waxing and two pouring the finish. I would think that this would be better off done in two nights. Aproximately 65 hours of labor at $25 an hour plus which would be $1,625. Then wear on machine , mpos, blades and pads another $300. Add another $780 to cover slow drying times, hard spots to scurb up or other unforseen events.
$3,900 plus$390 plus $200 plus $1,625 plus $300 plus $780 equals $7,195. I would round that up to $7,800 which would be .10 a sq foot. If your desired profit margin is higher than add on a few more cents. At the .10 a foot you would make around estimated $1,500 to $2000 profit.
A top scrub and wax is alot easier than a strip and wax and lots less overhead. If this were a strip and wax it would be around .20 a sq foot if it was a fairly eaxy stirp job. All this is what I would charge in my area , yours may be different. It is also without seeing the job myself and estimating only.
Thanks for the info. It sure is nice bouncing things off in this forum. I'm a new member and already enjoy the benefits. Well I put the bid in on Monday. With all things considered I charged 12.5 cents a sq. ft. or $9750.00. I was able to find out that there is three of us bidding, one company bid $19,500 or 25 cents. Not sure on the other. Should hear something by Friday.
I think that for this size area your bid is good. Check with your vendors. They should give you a discount on this amount of finish and stripper in one order. Also promote a maintenance program to them. If nothing else let them know that the floor will look its best after it has been high speed buffed (propane preferably) three times. ( also depending on what finsih you use) It will be smoother, harder and last longer. Try for at least one buff a week for next three weeks. On the first buffing it should be recommended to burnish the floor ( buff it at a slow pace as to heat the finish). It will take about twice as long as usual. They may already have a maintenance program but let them know that you offer it anyway and that if they ever have problems then they can call on you. If they do their own maintenance on this size floor then they probably have an auto scrubber. I would recommend that they don't use it for the first month but instead to hand mop it and buff it regular during that first month. If they insist that they are going to auto scrub it during that first month then recommend that they use white pads on the machine as to not scrub off the fresh finish.
I feel like my bid is a fair bid and I'd be happy to do the work. I checked with my vendor on the floor finish and he started at $115 per pale. And I was able to get him to 93.65 per pale. The product is Hillyard Explorer. Thanks for all the tid bits on the maintainance program. I'm hoping to make that pitch if I get the job.