Gutter cleaning??

Discussion in 'Christmas Trees & Seasonal' started by n2h20, Dec 18, 2005.

  1. n2h20

    n2h20 LawnSite Senior Member
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    SO i was installing a portion of a fence today for a customer and it was raining pretty heavily (fun working with power tools in the rain:confused: ) and the gutter were draining everywhere but the downspouts.
    So thought hmm I could clean those out and bag the debris and be gone in about an hours time.
    Does any offer this?
    What would you charge? Charge more for second stories?
    I was thinking 1 hour minimum at 100+ and $50 for every hour after that.
    Any thoughts would be great./
     
  2. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
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    1st story at 50 cents an lin foot. second story at 75 cents a lin foot. Now steep pitch roofs cost an extra 200 dollars. That is any thing over a 6/12. The average pitch on most roofs are 5/12.
     
  3. n2h20

    n2h20 LawnSite Senior Member
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    do you charge any kind of minimum?
     
  4. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
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    I have a 40 dollar min but heck most surpass that on two sides. My average house runs right at 80 and takes right at 1/2 hour. I will charge 3x price on freezing days. I do however give 20% discount to my regular customers, I can do that when I am there doing a regular service so there is no drive time involved and they feel very apreciated.
     
  5. n2h20

    n2h20 LawnSite Senior Member
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    do you bag it all? or throw it on the ground and blow?
     
  6. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
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    Pends on the place. Never throw on ground. It is a pain to blow and is usually really dark and makes nasty marks.
    I use 5 gal buckets and a 44 gal trash can that I toss in.
    Ladder and push 10 feet and scoop and splat.
    Most gutters are the same shape. I make a little tool that will push 5-10 foot each side. Some times I just use my gloved hand and scoop away pends on what they are filled with.
    Most people do not call untill they have overflowing gutters.
    Plan on getting wet.
     
  7. n2h20

    n2h20 LawnSite Senior Member
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    yeah today they were overflowing pretty good.. filled up her open trash can,,, thought hmm im already in my rain gear.. as long as i dont fall off the roof i could do this real quick...
    thanks for the info
     

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