Commercial cleaning is a rewarding business that has become very necessary in the society today.
Whether you just concluded a house party or relocated into a new apartment, at one point, everybody will need the services of a commercial cleaning company. And If you are thinking of starting and maintaining a profit-oriented cleaning company, estimating the cost of your services is pivotal.
This article will serve as a guide to help you understand the general commercial cleaning rates.
What is the average cost for commercial cleaning?
Before rendering the services of a commercial cleaning company to a prospective client, it is advisable to, first of all, tell them about your price rate. Because if they do not have any idea about your commercial cleaning pricing, they might feel they are getting scammed.
It can be difficult to get a specific price range for commercial cleaning because it is a service, and unlike groceries, you cannot just simply slap a price tag on them.
But then, there are guidelines that can help you calibrate your valuation and they are listed below. This will give you an idea of how much you should charge for a typical cleaning service.
- Most cleaning companies charge prices depending on the size of the office. For an office space of 40,000 sq. Ft., the price will fall between $0.04 to $0.10 per square feet. Office spaces of up to 12,000 sq. Ft. will fall between $0.09 to $0.16 per square feet.
- For small offices with sizes less than 300 sq. meter, basic cleaning will cost you between $80 and $110 while deep cleaning will cost up to $160.
- Some cleaning companies charge only hourly rates, which fall between $50 to $100 per hour.
- For monthly cleaning contracts, it will cost about $500 to $600.
There are proven guidelines – listed below – for companies and individual entrepreneurs looking to start a commercial cleaning business. These guidelines will help you in putting a figure on a price rate that is both fair to the customer and profitable for the business.
- The size of the office. The size of the office determines the cleaning rate. The bigger the office, the more the cost. It is that simple!
- The duration of the job. Many cleaning companies charge their clients per hour. So the more time it takes to clean the office space, the more the price.
- The situation of the office. How dirty is the office you are going to clean? Does it need a thorough cleaning or regular cleaning? A filthy office will take more time, resources, and tools to clean. The dirtier the office space, the costlier the price rate.
- The location of the office. Is this office close to the cleaning company? Some cleaning companies usually consider the distance between the office and the cleaning company. If you want a cheaper cleaning rate, you should get a cleaning company that’s close to your area.
How to deduce commercial cleaning rates?
Office spaces have different layouts depending on their size, the number of rooms, and their features, all of which need to be put into consideration when calculating the price rates for commercial cleaning jobs.
That is why it is highly recommended you visit and inspect the job location before settling on a particular price tag.
In the section above, we mentioned a few factors to be considered before arriving at a quotation for a typical cleaning job.
Note that there is no fixed rate in the cleaning business; it all depends on the situation of the space and some other factors. It is also important to remember that every cleaning job requires labor, so it is essential to include the labor cost in your rates.
Carry out a thorough Inspection
As stated earlier, inspecting an office space before estimating the cleaning rate for the job is the first thing you must do, and it is best you visit the place yourself for a thorough inspection. The mistake most cleaning companies make is that they prefer to call the managing officer to ask questions about the space they want to clean instead of actually going there themselves. This is not recommended because the managing officer could give you misleading information in a bid to reduce the pricing.
What are you inspecting?
- The size of the office.
- The number of rooms.
- The condition of the place.
- Does it need a lot of moving and carrying?
- Proximity to an adequate water supply.
- Is there an alarm system?
- Proper disposal system
- Estimated time it would take to clean.
- The number of workers it would take to clean.
Once you have gotten answers to the questions above, you can then ask the managing officer, or the person attending to you, about their budget. This will help you narrow down your pricing rate to a considerable offer.
Consider some in-house costs
Every cleaning company should have a reference price template they use in determining the cost of a cleaning job. Some cleaning companies offer hourly rates while others offer rates based on the offices’ size (in square feet).
As a commercial cleaning company, you will need at least 4 or 5 employees in your workforce because it is impossible to handle all the work alone. That way, you get the task completed faster and easier. So before arriving at a standard cleaning rate, it is essential you consider how much you will pay each of your employees, gas expenses, cleaning supplies, and other operational costs. Once you include all these aforementioned liabilities in your budget, you can then proceed to give your quotation.
Determine your cleaning rates
Every job comes with a different price. That is why inspection is the first step to take when trying to estimate cleaning price rates. Ensure you consider every factor mentioned above in your cleaning rates. Add your payroll cost, daily expenses for the job, and labor costs to the price rate. Failure to do this can result in substantial losses.
How many square feet can one person clean per hour?
It is also essential to know the number of square feet a single person can clean in an hour. This can help your business in many ways, some of which includes:
- Knowing how to pay your employees per job. When you know the number of hours it takes a worker to clean in an hour, you can determine how much you will pay each worker per job.
- It helps determine your profit.
- It will help you calculate the price rate for the entire job.
According to research, it will take approximately one hour to clean an office area of 2000 – 2500 square feet. If the space you are cleaning requires more effort and deep cleaning, it will take a little over an hour
In the end, commercial cleaning rates vary from one cleaning business to another. Most people prefer to sample the cost of other cleaning businesses before calculating theirs.
In this article, we discussed the different cleaning rates for any and every circumstance plus the things you must consider before placing a price quotation on your services. Use the information provided above to guide you in estimating your price rates for your commercial cleaning business.