I am getting ready to bid on a new apartment complex and need help. Seven story college complex. 96 apartments, 3 restaurant's, 3 retail spaces, gym and a couple offices. Total sq footage works out to be about 115000. They want me to give 2 quotes. One for construction clean and one for final clean. I am new at this and the last college property I bid on was for final clean, but I ended up doing alot of construction clean up too. Should I give 3 bids, one for construction, one for final and one for both jobs combined with maybe a price reduction for getting both jobs? The super told me if construction clean was too high he would use day labor to do it. I know day labor charges $17.00 an hour in our area. I really want this job because after this one there is another complex with 190 units. My husband is a maintenance supervisor at a similar property and he says I should charge .35 per sq ft for construction and .20 for final. I think this seems to high. All suggestions appreciated!!!
You have saw this job and should know more about how long it will take to do than anyone else that hasnt seen it. I do know that if you pay $17 an hour than your actual cost for that hour will be around $22 an hour. How many sq feet do you think you can cover in one hour. Multiply that times the sq foot price and see what you come up with. If it were me I would estimate the hours, add a few for mis figuring and charge around $30 an hour for the clean up. I would also add in rent for air scrubbers to be running while we cleaned, along with any extras such as hauling off debri, cleaning carpet and so on. That is just my opinion and the way I would charge. We each come up with different ways of calculating cost. Over time you will learn what works best for you.
Thanks for the response. Just so I understand... you would do construction and final clean based on hourly rate instead of price per sq ft ? Also I would only pay $10 per hour, if I don't get the construction clean up and only get final clean, the superintendent on the job will pay day labor (Manpower) $17 per hr to do construction clean up.
Then $10 a hour will only cost you around $13 a hour. Other than cost of cleaning supplies which usually are minimal at least to me on these type jobs, what do you think you should be making on this job. It takes awhile to get good at knowing how much to charge by the sq foot. If you read some of my past post , I dont believe that anyone should have a set price per sq foot to clean. No two jobs are ever the same. Charging by the hour is more safe if you can estimate the job close enough. If I were paying employees $10 a hour , I would be charging $25 a hour. That would cover employees, supplies, associated cost and profits I desire. If it came down to bidding war on this job then I would come down a little since it is a big job. You can always convert what you come up with by the hour into a price per sq foot if that is required. You could ask 100 people the same question as to what to charge and you could come up with 100 different prices. I only am one person with an idea of what to charge on a job like this. It is huge. I do know that pricing by the foot can bite you. Be careful estimating the hours though. To do this may require you to talk to the job forman and find out exactly what they are going to do and what will be left for you to do. Put it in a detailed aggreement. It would not be wrong even to price this job at cost plus. That is they pay what ever it cost you in hourly wages, payroll fees, cleaning supplies and your desired profit. This way you can be garenteed to make your desired profit. There has been many post on here in past concerning these things. Do some more research. You may like another suggestion better than what I have said.
Hey Cindy, hope all is well for you. You asked about an air scrubber. The air scrubber we use takes all the air in a 12X14 room and cleans it every minute. They are great on construction clean ups as we all know that dust if floating in the air. As we clean and move items around , we stir up dust particles. Have you ever noticed that you clean off a counter or something and look back in a few minutes and dust is on it again. An air scrubber can help eliminate the dust in the air. The following is a link that shows a pic of the one I use. I got mine on ebay for $800 . It has more than paid for itself. You can also add a carbon filter for odor. It also had an optional duct that you can run outside. This is great if you are dealing with mold and dont want to take a chance of stiring up mold spores from the air movement. www.sylvane.com/phoenix-guardian.html
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