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We've been doing residential cleaning for 5 years but we have an opportunity to bid on a large commercial account and really want to give it a try. This is new territory for us. We want to come up with a fair price that will be worth it for us where we can provide quality service. The property is a medical research facility in the Buffalo area.

They have a "cleaning person" now and are not satisfied at all. They said he isn't doing anything so quality is a big issue.

The office building is 20,000 sq ft
with about (I'm guessing) 16,000-17,000 sq ft flooring (corridors and large rooms)
and 3000-4000 sq ft carpeting (about 10 offices, 2 conference rooms, 2 reception areas)
5 bathrooms with either 3 stalls or 2 stalls/1 urinal, 2 sinks
cafeteria/kitchenette with fridge, micro, sink, counter, 4 tables

5x a week cleaning

dusting 8 offices plus reception areas (I'm thinking this could be done 1x wk - they want papers moved)
vacuuming all carpets
floors swept each day
trash removed each day and put in dumpster
mopping 3x week
bathrooms - they will provide supplies and trash liners

We are guessing it would take between 25-28 hours per week which would equal about 5-6 hrs per night. Is this a good assessment?

I've heard that we should charge between $18-22 per hour. Is that a good range?

If it took 6 hours and we charged $18 per hour, that would be $108 per clean, or $2322 per month which seems like a lot to me.

Any help would be greatly, appreciated. I'd be happy to reciprocate with residential info if someone needs that.
 

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I think that you estimated hours pretty much right. That's what I had in mind when I read the description of the property (5-6 hours per day)
However your pricing seems to be high. Taking to consideration frequency of services and number of hours per day I would charge around $ 15-16 per hour. But that's just what I think and what I see in my area. You know your area better and the situation might be different where you are.
Let us know how it goes. Good luck!
 

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According to a chart that I have based upon national averages for commercial cleaning, a 20,000 sq. ft building cleaned 5 times per week would cost $93.26 per cleaning. That's a lot of square feet to be cleaning, but if you cleaned it 5 times per week it won't accumulate as much dirt as it would if it were cleaned only once per week. Now if you only cleaned it 2 times per week it would be $144.44 per cleaning because it will be dirtier each time you clean it as it is being cleaned less frequently. Keep in mind that these prices don't factor in floor care (waxing/buffing/striping), carpet cleaning, or window cleaning.

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