Apt. Complex Gutter Cleaning

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by clayslandscape, Jan 25, 2012.

  1. clayslandscape

    clayslandscape LawnSite Senior Member
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    I had an low income apt. complex owner call me today asking for a bid on cleaning heir gutters out twice a year. The buildings are a total of 588 lin. ft. spread out along 7 buildings. They are roughly 22 ft up with a very low pitch roof so you can easily walk on them.

    They have no trees around but still want them blown out occasionally.

    If I were to charge .75 per ft it would be $441. Is this to extreme? Please let me know.

    They also have another complex with roughly 1200 lin ft two blocks away. Please let me know your input.
     
  2. Dr.NewEarth

    Dr.NewEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Does your insurance cover you climbing a ladder that high? Our compensation only covers my employees 12 feet off of the ground.

    I would NEVER charge by the foot. Figure out what your hourly costs are and add a bit to that for dumping.

    Do you have an extention ladder with those looped metal ends so that you don't damage the gutters? Or, if you work from the roof is it mandatory for you to wear a safety harness while you work?

    Usually low income building owners live in big fancy houses.
     
  3. JT25

    JT25 LawnSite Member
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    I work for a gutter company, installer. The company i work for charges between .65 and.85 cent a foot ( depending on ladder height and difficulty) Your price sounds in normal range. As installer a also do the cleanings, and from your description me and my work partner could do this job in about 3 to 4 hrs.
     
  4. clayslandscape

    clayslandscape LawnSite Senior Member
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    Do you really think it would take 4 hours to do them being that you once you get on the roof you can go at it.
     
  5. clayslandscape

    clayslandscape LawnSite Senior Member
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    All input would be very beneficial.
     
  6. JT25

    JT25 LawnSite Member
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    ok, you have 7 buildings that all total 588ft? and no trees. it could take alot less time. we bag everything by hand, never use a blower. If the gutters are full of leaves, mush and "gutter juice" and you have to clean every foot, then 4 hours or less since you can do it from the roof. If its not bad you could be out in an hour and a half. if its horrible it could take youI 4 hrs. it really all depends on how full the gutters are, but your price seems to be reasonable
     
  7. clayslandscape

    clayslandscape LawnSite Senior Member
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    The other complex I am bidding on for gutter cleaning has a total of 3,246 lin. ft. of gutters. This complex are all single story with the gutters being about 8ft off the ground. These have trees overhanging in many areas so the gutters are full but not all of them. With this much, how much would you charge for this job, twice a year.
     
  8. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    if you can walk in roof and can use blower to blow it out you can do a better price
     
  9. osmann_lawn

    osmann_lawn LawnSite Senior Member
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  10. clayslandscape

    clayslandscape LawnSite Senior Member
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    I obviously can not charge .65-.75 per foot on the complex with over 3000ft of gutters. it is single story. What do you all think? I was guessing around the $800 range. That is 14 biuldings.
     

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