What to charge for cleaning gutters???

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by jt5019, May 13, 2004.

  1. jt5019

    jt5019 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    One of my long time customers has asked me if i can clean her gutters, she is too old to go up on the roof.The house isnt very big mosty single story with a small section 2 stories.Im guessing i can blow out the gutters and have any mess cleaned up in about 40 mins.Im also cleaning some dead branches in the yard which will be additional time.What would you charge for going up on a roof?Should i add a little for the hazard?I have ins so im not worried about that end and already have a large ladder i can use. Thanks
     
  2. Potchkins

    Potchkins LawnSite Senior Member
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    how steep is the roof?

    i use a hand held blower
    a Stihl bg 75 or, bg 85
    any name brand pro unit
    should do fine
    i refuse to get on a roof
    with a backpack blower
    "safty first"
     
  3. John at JDH Select

    John at JDH Select LawnSite Member
    from Indy
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    I invoice on an hourly basis for jobs of this nature.
     
  4. EastProLawn

    EastProLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I charge $10.00 for every 15 feet of gutter, I learned that from a gutter guy and it has not failed me yet.

    Example: Total of 60 feet = $40.00

    90 feet = $60.00 and so on

    Total amount of feet divided by 15, then multiply by $10.00

    ( round off if numbers don't match up exactly )
     
  5. DennisF

    DennisF LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
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    Here in FL the going rate for gutter and downspout cleaning is $50-60 for a single story home. If the home has a pool with a cage it's usually $70. That includes blowing the debris off the pool cage.
     
  6. EastProLawn

    EastProLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Single level ranch has on average about 60 feet of gutters, so Dennis, you are right on the ball.
     
  7. chefdrp

    chefdrp LawnSite Bronze Member
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    i do them for .50 per foot on single story. 1.00 a foot for 2 story.
     
  8. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
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    here is a little story about cleaning gutters that will make everybody think twice about it:

    I had a customer that I cleaned her gutters all the time, they were horrible. Well, last summer I cleaned them in July. Fall rolls around she never asks me to do it, so I figure ok she doesn't want it. Well, this past winter I get a phone call from her blaming me on $2,500 damage to her garage because I never cleaned out the gutters in the fall and ice built up during the winter time. I told her that she never asked me to clean them, and she says that she did. I am still waiting everyday for a nice little letter from her lawyer.

    So I learned my lesson, no more gutter cleaning.
     
  9. EastProLawn

    EastProLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Tiedeman, that can happen with any service, if I'm going to be afraid to clean gutters, well then I should just hang it up now. Unfortunately the one bad thing about the U.S.A. is that anyone can sue anyone whenever they want, does'nt mean they'll win, but they can sue, so that's why they invented insurance, make sure that your insurance plan includes gutter cleaning. Also it's a good thing to have written contracts or agreements.
     
  10. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
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    that is a good point, but really think about it, compared to any other service, improper gutter cleaning can lead to some of the, if not the worse damage to someones house. The only other one that I can think of besides gutter cleaning is tree removal.
     

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