New Construction Clean Up Service


#1

[COLOR=Blue]Is anybody doing clean up of new construction sites? I mean cleaning the windows, light fixtures, tubs, floors and prepping the whole thing for occupancy? Also, hauling off all the construction debris from the site. I am seriously thinking of adding this to the services we offer.[/COLOR]


#2

I do complete cleanup, but do not offer debris box service.


#3

Larry, do you charge by the sq. ft. with the windows included or use some other method for pricing?

Thanks.


#4

I provide one total price to the customer.

For calculating my internal subtotal price for windows – basis number of panes, access, and condition of the glass, frames, etc.

For calculating my internal subtotal price for general cleaning – basis square footage and dependent upon level of dust, dirt, etc.

Factors influencing pricing can include lack of sufficient window, threshold, and garage floor protection regarding construction debris; ratio of carpeting versus wood, tile, or resilient flooring; etc.


#5

[COLOR=Blue]OK so I bid my first job in the whole house NCCU yesterday. It was a 3800 Sq ft. remodel with dust, drywall mud and trash everywhere. I bid $745 for cleaning this bad boy top to bottom, floors, walls, fixtures, trim, appliances, tubs, toilets, sinks, and windows ins/outs.

I was under bid by a carpet cleaning company who bid $600 for the whole job plus carpet cleaning and, INCLUDING THE WINDOWS! (which he subs out). Holy lowballer, Batman, that’s 0.15 a square ft. with carpet cleaning and window cleaning.

Oh well, gotta start somewhere… [/COLOR]


#6

Construction cleaning can get you a lot of money. The key is to know what you are doing. Every builder or construction cleaning company that is considering hiring your company is worried about one thing: scratched windows. There is a lot of literature out there about manufacturer’s defects on windows that cause scratches, but there is a surefire way to avoid it: If you a blading a window and it a has a gravely feel to it or it has a gritty sound when your blade goes over it, stop immediately look at the glass in the correct light and see if its scratching. If it is scratching, call whoever hired you and tell them, and they will tell you to stop or continue. If you are able to guarantee that you won’t scratch windows, you can pick up a lot of jobs. For my company, on a house we charge $2 per pain, per side. So for one pain of glass in and out its $4. You will find that once you get used to doing new construction, the profit you make on a job is fantastic. The one thing you want to beware of is silicon. Silicon is a bitch to get off and can cost you a lot of time.


#7

Appreciate your input,ironically you can’t always rely on being able to feel it or hear it. Thats why its called the invisible intruder.Best thing you can do is educate them & get a signed “Scratch Waiver”


#8

And how exactly can you guarantee that?

BTW, I only clean windows (CCU or otherwise) with customer education and a signed waiver regarding fabricating debris, so I’m not concerned with guarantees.

That’s probably in the ballpark for the national average of [I]standard[/I] window cleaning of [B]panes[/B].

Do you charge extra for cleaning CCU frames? I find that CCU frames take as long or longer to clean than CCU glass.


#9

Wow, that’s less than I charge for regular window cleaning. I would think with all the added solutions and time to do CCU plus dealing with fabricating debris issues and what not that the price per pane would be double.


#10

Regarding the ‘total CCU’ cleaning, I recommend an ‘over-the-top’ proposal approach.

It “scored” me a high-priced job, for 2-3 times what my competition charges.

The only problem was that I had no references, otherwise the construction company owner was ready to go with the price I provided.

Detail everything you’ll do, document all the homes assets, and throw a couple of serious surprises (as far as thoroughness goes) to really grab their attention. Mix in some digital photos and similar stuff, and bam - you’re there.

I priced a 5,000-6,000 square foot house at $4,000, and my competitors charged around $1,000.

If you have some good references for home cleaning, then follow my advice, and cash in. Of course, then you have to actually deliver, and do an amazing job…


#11

Im not sure on the quality you guys up in Canada have regarding poor quality heat treated glass,im all for going for the “Gusto” and getting top dollar with a nice proposal!

Just dont forget to have a packet “educating them” with a “Scratch Waiver”


#12

Yeah we have to be very competative, but thats why we work for over 20 builders and cleaning companies, and we’ve only been in business for 3 years. We still make at least $40 an hour, but we do all of the construction work ourselves, and we are pretty fast and have a lot of experience with new construction. The $2 per pane per side is only for residential construction, for commercial it varies.
There is no way that you could charge $2 per pane per side for a regular residential cleaning where I am if you want to have a decent quantity of work. We usually charge ab out $1.50 per pane per side, but we sell a lot of add ons, and if you can sell those you make back more than that extra 50 cents.


#13

I think you should consider raising your prices. 40/hour is not much, considering your a business owner, not an employee and you have costs you need to pay. So you aren’t going home with $40.

Consider this, one can raise prices 20% and afford to lose 20% of one’s customers. Plus your making the same amount of money in less time. You may also find when you raise prices you get rid of some of the pita customers and also get rid of those that are too slow to pay.

Consider raising prices, I guarantee you, you’ll not regret it.

Mike


#14

I agree that the $40 an hour for construction clean on the windows is very low, could just be location but we can get 2.25 plus per pane for residential cleaning on a straight wash in our area and most I know about in the surrounding states. It hurts companies when others are out with pricing that is way low. You must remember there is always more time and expense involved besides on the actual job site.