Gutter Cleaning Roofs
Cleaning your gutters is an important (if annoying) part of being a homeowner. Many homeowners opt to climb the ladder and do it themselves. Others prefer to hire a service. The following information will highlight the costs involved in hiring gutter cleaning professionals.
Through our research, we found that the average costs involved with this service fall between $35 and $150. If you have a small one-story home with minimal guttering or a flat roof, it’s not a hard job, and professionals usually charge between $35 and $50 for it. If, however, you have a multi-storied home with a steep roof and many feet of guttering, it takes more time, since ladders have to be moved continuously. For a job like that, you can expect to pay between $100 and $150. Most homes, however, fall somewhere in the middle and generally average between $70 and $90.
How Do They Charge?
Most professionals will charge you either by the hour or by the job. In general, contractors who charge by the hour will charge more for the first hour than for subsequent hour. For example, on the average home, a handyman might charge $80 for the first hour and $60 for each additional hour. Just a tip if you hire a general handyman: if you have anything else that needs fixing, see if the handyman can do it as well. If he’s already there, you’re only spending the $60 per hour when you might spend $300 on a different type of contractor.
Others charge by the job. These guys have been in the business long enough to know what to charge for each house. Refer to the pricing in the previous section.
The Needs that Come With Trees
Most people want to live on streets with huge trees. While this does add visual appeal to your neighborhood, this ultimately will add work for your gutters. During the fall, as the leaves start to fall off, your gutters are a natural landing point, so you may need to have your gutters cleaned a few times a year. If you find that your cleaning costs add up to a couple of hundred dollars, you may want to consider installing gutter screens or gutter guards, which will take care of all your gutter cleaning needs in one fell swoop.