Post by allpoint2009 on Jun 9, 2009 18:38:41 GMT -5
I am bidding on a new home construction cleaning. This is 5100 sq ft. custom home, the builder wants an initial rough clean done . Then a final clean after the carpet is installed, I do not have to do anything with the wood floors. It has about 60 windows which about 20 are on the 2nd level. I am thinking about .18 cents sq ft on the rough and .15 cents on the final, then $6.00 per window. will somebody let me know if I am too high, too low, or about right, Thanks Kevin
It is very difficult to know what to charge as price is linked to volume, scope of works and which part of the country you are in. We range anywhere from $0.12 to include both rough and final cleans with some of the production builders up to $0.34 for rough and final with some custom builders. Prices always includes cleaning windows inside and out, usually on the rough clean with the interior windows getting a buff clean on the final. Most custom homes require far more detail and care. Damage items in a custom home and you start to look at major backcharges. We once did a final clean on a custom home where another company had done the rough. The previous company had scratched the double pane windows and sliders, which were tinted and they picked up a $36000 replacement backcharge.
Only do the job for a price your comfortable with, there are a lot of pitfalls with construction cleaning for those not wary. Try to do the following: Make sure you have an agreed scope of works and both parties sign it. If the windows have not been properly covered during construction get a waiver signed releasing you of responsibility for any scratches, get this before you clean any glass. Remember this is going to be someones dream home, do a good job, you may even get a residential clean out of it at a later date. Get the builder to walk the unit and sign off as completed to satisfaction. Failure to do this and you will probably end up revisiting and cleaning for free. Very often the builder will say they are too busy to do this, write into your agreement that they have a maximum of 24 hours to call in any issues. Other trades will trash a room and you get left to clean it back up, for FREE. If you can use a checklist, go through it methodically sign it and leave it for the builder. Make notes of any probems you discover, this way you are not just doing a good job, you are being conscientious and helping him out too.