Does anyone do new construction cleans on custom homes? What would you charge for a 2300 sq ft residential? If you got an agreement from the home builder/contractor to clean all new constructions, would you bill on account or would you ask for pay upon completion of each?
I would ask for pay upon completion. I have some problems yet with pricing them right for the competitors pricing. So you may want to call around on how much charging in your area per sq. ft. Haven't found one that size yet....Good Luck!
Right now i have went driving around yesterday and found a few condo places doing construction hope i get called for some of those jobs. I really need the work now.
We do post-construction cleanings on a regular basis. My advices...charge by the hour. Negotiate a fair hourly crew rate with the builder/contractor ahead of time – the rate may be lower than your regular rate but you will benefit from more hours of work which will allow you to do a spectacular job which will then land you the next job and the next! Let them know you will be billing by the hour. Otherwise, you may find yourself working alongside painters, electricians, and various installers that have no problem messing up the cleaning you have already done. If you charge by the job you may find yourself having to complete the job several times before the builder/homeowners agree the job is done! We have a great relationship with a few custom home builders in the Los Angeles area. We work with them to make sure we don't have to charge them more than necessary. As a result after trying other companies-who never fail to quit half way through the job …they call us back. Generally a post-construction cleaning job will require more than one visit. First to remove the major construction mess....i.e. paper, tape, plaster, paint overspray, and dust and lots of dust! Make sure you take filtered canister vacuums and microfiber towels – do not attempt to wet wipe this dust as it may end up leaving a painted residue everywhere…at this point just remove the dust. Also, do not attempt to call it a finished product unless you are absolutely sure there will be no more work done in the house…You must be the last ones out to call it finished. Once the first round of cleaning is done, the builders will generally go in and find lots of little details that need to be re-worked...paint chips, unfinished cabinets, missing door handles faulty measurements....they then schedule the contractors to go back in to make corrections, in addition there will be more construction dust settling in all the areas you have already dusted...Basically much of your cleaning work is undone. If you charge by the job the builder may hold you to your estimate...if you charge by the hour and work with the builder to schedule the cleanings at the right time, then you will both benefit. You will be much happier redoing the work knowing that you are getting paid. The builders we work with warn the contractors that the cleaning crew is going in. Anyone who fails to finish by the time the house is cleaned is back charged for any additional cleaning. This keeps contractors neat and on time. Hope this helps….
Post by braidyrigby on Feb 11, 2013 0:40:57 GMT -5
Even though residential construction has slowed down due to the economy, there is still construction going on in some markets, and alternative housing such as apartment buildings and condominiums are still being built.
The final part of the construction process is the cleanup prior to move-in. Removing dust is the key: It collects nto every crevice of the home. The final cleanup also gives the builder an objective opinion of any problem areas that need addressing prior to move-in. Cleaning newly constructed homes is a lucrative business for an individual or team.