What is the going rate for strpping and waxing floors?

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  1. cleanaholic

    cleanaholic Active Member

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    Have only done a few and its been a while whats the going rate in the midwest? Whats high and whats low. I am bidding a job today and dont want to underbid. Any help would be great thanks in advance.
     
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  2. danzar

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    For me it totaly depends on the job. I personally don't price per square foot, to many factors for that.
     
  3. AdmiralClean

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    Same for me. Heck, my price can swing as wildly as .75 /s.f or as low as .25 ... just depends on how much time I think it will take and what the price needs to be for me to make my hourly rate. If I have to bid it competitively, I am not interested.

    Good luck!
     
  4. cleanaholic

    cleanaholic Active Member

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    Thank you for your input. I agree if it will not be profitable its not worth the time.
     
  5. Eric J

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    It depends on who the custy is. I personally don't do VCT except on a referral basis. My prices are way to high to compete with the in and out guys. I do quality work and high end durable products. I don't burnish and buff regularly type of stuff. I am into more of true coatings than wax. I prefer the accounts that want a floor that can last a little longer than a week or two with cheap wax.
     
  6. shane deubell

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    .50 - .40 in general

    But it does swing fast depending on job.
     
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    Too much work to have to cut rate. When I quit doing it I was at .38 for a normal strip and wax. ( whatever normal is) I think it might be good to do hourly on the stripping and sq. ft. on the waxing. Hows that for a twist? :)
     
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    I get .15 to .50 sqft in my area. I price lower on higher volume over 5000sq.ft and brand new vct.
     
  9. matt7

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    $0.38-$0.45 for me on average, if it is super small i go higher, have never gone lower then $0.38 and never will, I'm the only one doing it in my area and do very good quality work so I have yet to do a quote and not get the job.
     
  10. tom676

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    Blue book for North East shows .38 for strip and wax 1 pass and. 12 for each additional coat. No one here mentions how many coats of wax for the price you quote. Thoughts?
     
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    I always put on 3 coats. Never give the customer a choice otherwise.
     
  12. tom676

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    So do you charge for additional coats past the first. Is the .12 for 2nd and 3rd coat what this group charges or what do you do for the SF price you guys are quoting

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  13. shane deubell

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    3 coats with betco best which is the equivalent of 6
     
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  14. Turboman

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    Wow! in my 24 years in the business I've learned that there's no single answer to that one. Large commercial accounts are in the .04 per sq ft. with auto scrubbers and microfiber speed applicator systems. The other end of the scale well I once charged $12.00 per square foot to strip a tough styrene acrylic with mega layers on the grout of a Mexican saltillo tile. but my average but built up acrylic on salatillo tile is .75 to 1.20 per sq ft. I haven't even addressed regional economy variables to each local market. If you really want to know what to charge just check out your competition by getting a quote on a job you can set up with friend or neighbor. You can't compete with what you don't know.

    Above all, you can charge what your skills are worth. Customer confidence in you is what closes the deal. Not what your competition is charging.
     

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