Bid amount General assumptions

The Construction Clean Pricing Calculator is an estimating tool that provides a competitive bid amount based on the building cleanable square footage. The Construction Clean Pricing Calculator is not just a quoting tool, but it is a predictor of the cleaner’s costs and profits. The bid amount estimated by the Pricing Calculator may not make a business win every bid, but the accurate pricing will keep the cleaner from losing money or committing to projects outside of the scope of work. Common reasons the cleaner may be not win the contract from our bid amount estimate include:

  1. Square footage: Our calculation mainly use price per square foot, which is a number that changes per project type, the price increases per state. The accuracy of the inputs into the calculator affects the accuracy of the cleaner’s actual costs. Here are some examples where square footage input could change pricing noticeably:
    1. If the cleaner gets the exact square footage from architectural plans but a different number from the superintendent and project manager, the more accurate information will come from the person on site.
    2. Building type changes pricing. Industrial projects are priced differently than retail stores.
    3. There is not a space in the calculator to enter the sizes of living units. Our calculator prices cleaning one living unit between $300-400 per unit.
    4. Is the cleaner not sure of the size, but still needs to estimate a number? Choose one of our preset ranges that lists the square foot of the average small, medium, and large projects.
  2. State selected: Construction clean prices vary from state to state. Selecting different states will increase or decrease the bid amount based on the average labor rate in that state.
  3. Phases: Construction cleaning has a maximum of 3 phases of cleaning: Rough, Final, and Fluff/Puff clean. These stages of cleaning happen during different times of the post construction cleaning contract. It is important for the cleaner to understand how many times they will need to clean each space, as each project is different.  The Construction Clean Pricing Calculator gives a pricing breakdown for all 3 phases.  Final cleaning is the most common independent scope of work, while Multi-Family project types almost always require a 3 phase cleaning.
  4. Stories: If the building is over 2 stories, the cleaner can expect high interior dusting need and providing equipment to clean the exterior windows. The price should increase per story to prepare the bid to include any cleaning above 1st story. Our calculator permits these additions.
  5. Prices per bedroom: The Construction Clean Pricing Calculator accepts inputs to price Multi-Family apartments by number of units.  If the cleaner knows the number of 1-bedroom units versus 2-bedroom units, the price can be different than just pricing all units as 1 bedroom. 
  6. Extra floor services: The Calculator can be used to calculate extra floor services. For example, some floors may have paint spillage that requires extra buffering. This feature can be used in the middle of a job to confirm the price for a change order, or during the initial bid estimate.
  7. Emergency pricing: The Calculator can help add 10% to the bid amount if the cleaner is ordered to provide services in a rush. If the customer calls at the last minute and the cleaner must scramble to put together a crew, this calls for a rush fee. If a customer expects a cleaning job to start within 24 hours, with no notice, this will require a rush fee.



Cost & Profit General assumptions

The project revenue is not the only important line item. Profit is key. Being able to predict profit based on the amount of money the cleaner needs to spend on labor can be a huge advantage in business planning. We help predict how many days the cleaners will need to be on site and how many people will be needed to get the job done. Common reasons our cost and profit analysis may be off include:


  1. Laborers on site each day: Customers normally want to see a large team on their site. A normal crew size is 4, which is a number that changes based upon the deadline and how many other trades the cleaners have working with them. In our calculator, the user can reduce or increase the amount of laborers to have working on the site. 
  2. Hours worked daily: The standard workday is 8 hours, but site cleaning this is not corporate. Cleaning is labor intensive, and the hours to can vary from 6 per day or even increase hours to 10 per day to complete the job faster.
  3. Hourly rate: Labor prices have increased since the pandemic.  We have determined an average labor rate to hire a cleaner in every state.  The user can change the rate you pay your employees to create a more accurate cost prediction. 
  4. Number of days expected on site: This is never a requirement from a commercial construction company. They hire a cleaning company to complete a scope of work; they should not tell the cleaner how many days the crew needs to be on site. However, we do know that the average price per day is around $1,200. We take the bid amount and divide it by the price per day to get the number of days that the cleaner should expect to be on the site.
  5. Project profit amount: The user created a bid amount based on the project specs, and all the costs associated with the project are listed. This gives an estimate of how much money will be made.
  6. Project labor costs:  The user enters how many laborers you will have on site, plus can add the number of hours each laborer will work. The hourly rate per person can be changed if needed. This generates the labor costs for this project.
  7. Project overhead cost: Fuel, supervisors, equipment, and materials are all used on a project. This usually ranges from 10%-15% of the bid amount and revenue. The user can increase or decrease the overhead expenses to predict cleaning costs more accurately.
  8. Profit per day: Knowing how much the cleaner makes per day can be very beneficial considering project costs. If the cleaner is working a project using our calculator, there should be a $400-$500 profit per day.