Do you...?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Advance_lawn_care, Dec 20, 2018.


Do you blow leaves of roof and gutters during leaf clean ups?

  1. Yes both

    3 vote(s)
  2. No both

    14 vote(s)
  3. Roof only

    0 vote(s)
  1. OP

    Advance_lawn_care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 112

    K, thats a large no. Glad to hear honestly, hopefully my local market is in agreement. Ive been doing hedges and lawns for 3 years now but this is my first year in leaf removal. Best customer kind if expects it cause the last guy would do it. I told her to contact a gutter cleaning company for gutters and blowing off roof.

    Thanks for the input, as a profession it seems like we are largely like minded on the issue so I'll stick to my guns and see what the local market response is for a little while.
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  2. wjjones

    wjjones LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 557

    The response could go either way but as you said stick to your decision for now. Im glad I have spell check so everyone can read my post.:confused:
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  3. Matthews Lawn Care

    Matthews Lawn Care LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,608

    Telling them no is an easy sell. Explain your insurance doesn’t cover you being on roofs. Your a landscaper, not a roofer or handyman.

    When someone asks me for something special like gutter cleaning, moving a trampoline, putting up a pool, burning leaves/sticks, etc. I tell them the truth. If someone/something gets hurt/damaged by it and it’s not lawncare, my insurance isn’t going to cover it. Therefore, in order for me to stay in business, I can’t provide such service. I’ve never lost a customer due to this.

    Most people are fairly reasonable when you tell them the truth.
  4. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 16,742

    i've done it a couple of times in 8 years. it's a rare thing for anyone to ask for it. if it's a steep roof forget about it. even a regular roof is risky. i don't really do it anymore. just take care of the yard only.

    come to think about it i've only cleaned out gutters one time by hand with a ladder and it wasn't that much of a gutter just right over the entrance to the house.
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  5. landscaper22

    landscaper22 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,690

    Same. I used to when I started in the biz. But I am not there to be Mr. handyman. The main reason I quit was I was to busy doing LAWNS, and I realized that one slip on a roof and I would be out of business. Not worth it to me to take the risk. I had a close call when my foot slipped on some pine straw on a roof once, and I said never again.
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  6. Mark Stark

    Mark Stark LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 668

    We do a fair amount of gutter work. It's always priced separate from our lead clean ups.

    They're two completely different services. We don't have employees doing any ladder work (comp & insurance rates are pricey) We leave the ladder work to my partner and myself. When really busy, we'll bring a 3rd guy on a gutter route to hold the extension ladder.

    Margins & money is good for gutters. We do repairs and gutter screens as well so it's a whole other line.

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