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Fall clean-ups and gutters

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Ol'time Lawncare, Oct 29, 2005.

  1. Ol'time Lawncare

    Ol'time Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 497

    Who does gutters with there fall clean-ups and how much do you charge??? Is it worth adding it to my insurance???
     
  2. QualityLawnCare4u

    QualityLawnCare4u LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,758

    I have done it but try to stay away from it. Last time I was asked to do them the gutters were loose and about to fall and the first time I touched them the first section fell. After this I decided to inspect them carefully and see how sturdy or difficult they were to get to. I dont voluntere to do them the cleint has to ask me first. I feel like getting up on a ladder and having to get on the roof is not an insurance liability I dont really want to risk.
     
  3. Tyner Lawn Service

    Tyner Lawn Service LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 328

    I started cleaning all my mowing customers gutters along with fall cleanups back in the early 90's. I charge $35 to $50 extra and they don't complain. I do other peoples gutters on the side and charge them a little more sometimes. I have had houses that pay $150 for a tough 3hr job. I really like the ones that I can walk the roof and use the backpack blower when dry. The down side is wet,cold weather after you have commeted to them and find yourself out there in horrible conditions. I once cleaned 70 gutters on the side after the season was over and made over $3,000 extra going into winter. I sent out letters each year but alot of times you don't hear back from them again if they are not your mowing customer,why I don't know. Also I have picked up some good full time customers for mowing from a gutter ad.
     
  4. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,501

    Fall cleanups are tough enough without doing gutters too. Sorry, I prefer terra firma instead.
     
  5. tinman

    tinman LawnSite Bronze Member
    from ga
    Posts: 1,348

    I don't mind doing gutters, pays well. In fact I'd rather do that than mess with leaves in the yard.
     
  6. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Posts: 8,745

    I ran into a customer about 3 years ago with gutters, since then I vowed never to do it again.

    Basically in a nutshell she claimed that she asked me to clean out her gutters, which I didn't, and so about $5,000+ damage was done to her garage because of water and ice backup
     
  7. gman44

    gman44 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 74

    I am also doing gutters . dont like the ladder but the money is good . The average price is 55.00 .
     
  8. meets1

    meets1 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,756

    Gutters are part of our fall clean ups. We blow the valley's out, leaves off flat roofs etc. In fact alot of people don't know who else to call with a two or three story house. I do most of the big stuff myself but we have ladders from 6' to 40' in reach. They are out about everyday once 90% of leaves are down. We also clean out gutters in the spring as well. Good add service and if i or crew is there - that is our money to keep. Thinking about adding gutter screening or something to our business for next spring. Alot of people would go for that around here if I could find a quality product.
     
  9. tinman

    tinman LawnSite Bronze Member
    from ga
    Posts: 1,348

    Home depot carries some good ones. Not teh $3000 type that these big gutter companies seel. But they do work. From what I have seen the metal screened guards work well. They do let tiny pieces in, but not enough to be a problem. Also the vinyl guards work well....but I did one house that the guards kept blowing off. Only thing I could figure was the gutters were an odd size. Because the other 2 I have done have done fine. One is the house across th estreet & I know they are still on & doing a good job.
     
  10. Jason Pallas

    Jason Pallas LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,325

    we do gutters too - but not as part of a fall clean-up. it's an add on service. 1 story starts at $55 2 story starts at $75.
     

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