Business owners, office landlords, and building managers should expect to spend between $0.07 per square foot and $0.15 per square foot for commercial cleaning services in 2019, although the actual cost will vary based on certain factors.
Your location is one of them. For instance, commercial cleaning services here in Kansas City will cost differently than in Los Angeles or Miami. Contractors in bigger cities may charge more expensive rates due to the higher cost of living in these areas, aside from the price of cleaning equipment and supplies.
What are the Other Factors Affecting Prices?
Market prices for professional cleaning change each year. In fact, prices in the first few months of this year may be more or less expensive than current rates. Aside from your location, the size of your office space will determine the total bill.
A sample quote for a 40,000-square-foot office space will cost up to $0.10 per square foot. Industry competition also contributes to the prevailing prices charged by professionals. While those in big cities typically pay higher rates, they may find it easier to negotiate prices due to the availability of other service providers.
It helps if you live in an area with three or more cleaning professionals, which increases your chances of striking a competitive deal.
How Do Professionals Charge for Their Services?
Not all professionals charge per square foot for cleaning offices. Some contractors may charge per hour, while others may quote a flat rate for a client despite having a smaller space. An hourly rate is more common for those who need cleaning at irregular schedules.
Office cleaning per hour can range between $50 to $100. Be wary of companies that charge fees for first-time clients. You should also avoid contractors who don’t include the necessary supplies in their quotes. If you only need cleaning for a small area, paying per square foot will be more practical than an hourly fee.
Whichever you choose, a tidy office remains necessary to prevent your employees from calling in sick.
The Price of Cleanliness
A survey of more than 1,000 people revealed that almost 50% of them fell ill at a certain day of the year, due to a dirty workplace. However, employees are responsible for making their colleagues sick as well. Nearly 70% of the respondents admitted that they became ill after being exposed to a sick employee.
Employers may argue that personal hygiene plays a role in maintaining a healthy work environment. Desks remain the dirtiest part of the office, according to the survey. Cleanliness becomes a more pressing concern for co-working spaces, particularly when hot desking is available.
These commercial spaces will arguably require more frequent cleaning than traditional offices.
It would be easier to hire a contractor for office cleaning by looking for at least three quotes from different professionals. Once you choose a company, you should verify if they are bonded, insured and licensed. This is important to prevent unnecessary expenses just in case of damages during or after they’re done with cleaning the premises.