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I just started gutter cleaning to my window cleaning service. I use the most powerful ShopVac on the market to suction out the gutters from the ground, minimizing ladder work. I ran a water line along my suction pipes so that I can switch from shopvac suction to the water flush. I have a GoPro mounted on the top so I can see the inside of the gutters on my smartphone from the ground.

My question: Many people are talking about charging set price per linear ft. Do you assess how full the gutters are first? What if a house has 200 ft of gutter but only about 3 or 4 ft have debris build-up at the downspout? Would you climb up there to do a physical inspection first and then charge per the amount of feet you actually clean out? Or just measure the 200 ft of gutter and multiply total times your rate per linear ft?
 

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I just started gutter cleaning to my window cleaning service. I use the most powerful ShopVac on the market to suction out the gutters from the ground, minimizing ladder work. I ran a water line along my suction pipes so that I can switch from shopvac suction to the water flush. I have a GoPro mounted on the top so I can see the inside of the gutters on my smartphone from the ground.

My question: Many people are talking about charging set price per linear ft. Do you assess how full the gutters are first? What if a house has 200 ft of gutter but only about 3 or 4 ft have debris build-up at the downspout? Would you climb up there to do a physical inspection first and then charge per the amount of feet you actually clean out? Or just measure the 200 ft of gutter and multiply total times your rate per linear ft?
You can’t clean gutters properly with a shop-vac from the ground.

You have sticks, pinecones, inches of roof grit and most importantly clogged down spouts.


Get a ladder with stabilizers to keep it off the gutter, get up there, hang a bucket on the gutter scoop it then flush the gutter down with a hose to make sure it’s working properly.

I charge $2 a foot with up charge for screens/gutter guard or especially tough pieces.

And if only 1 foot is dirty but the gutter is 50 feet I charge for 50 feet.

If you have a good route you can do $750 a day with about $10 in cost. (aside from risking your life)
 
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You can’t clean gutters properly with a shop-vac from the ground.

You have sticks, pinecones, inches of roof grit and most importantly clogged down spouts.


Get a ladder with stabilizers to keep it off the gutter, get up there, hang a bucket on the gutter scoop it then flush the gutter down with a hose to make sure it’s working properly.

I charge $2 a foot with up charge for screens/gutter guard or especially tough pieces.

And if only 1 foot is dirty but the gutter is 50 feet I charge for 50 feet.

If you have a good route you can do $750 a day with about $10 in cost. (aside from risking your life)
yea i hate ladder work! however we clean an entire hotel this week i dont like being in booms full extended either lol
 

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You can’t clean gutters properly with a shop-vac from the ground.

You have sticks, pinecones, inches of roof grit and most importantly clogged down spouts.


Get a ladder with stabilizers to keep it off the gutter, get up there, hang a bucket on the gutter scoop it then flush the gutter down with a hose to make sure it’s working properly.

I charge $2 a foot with up charge for screens/gutter guard or especially tough pieces.

And if only 1 foot is dirty but the gutter is 50 feet I charge for 50 feet.

If you have a good route you can do $750 a day with about $10 in cost. (aside from risking your life)
I'd disagree, sure they wont be spotlessly clean but they can be cleared very well with a gutter vac, if you can flush and vac at the same time its much easier to clear wet debris with a vac than dry. as far as downspouts go you should be able to hear if they are clear with the vac but they can be flushed with telescopic wands too if need be.
 

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I do $10k-$15k a year cleaning gutters. I use blowers.
 

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I'm a window cleaner and I do gutters. When I work by myself doing Windows I make $50 an hour, I figure that gutter cleaning is kinda "dumb" work, meaning it's easy and doesn't have to be perfect like a window. I charge $40 an hour for it. I'm doing one this week for $150, it'll only take me two hours, it's just really high though. It's all an add on though, I don't market gutter cleaning, I just do it for window clients. They already trust you and know that you do good work, so when they say they like a quote on gutter cleaning they will most likely give you the business as long as your price is reasonable oh, that's just my experience.
 

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I'm a window cleaner and I do gutters. When I work by myself doing Windows I make $50 an hour, I figure that gutter cleaning is kinda "dumb" work, meaning it's easy and doesn't have to be perfect like a window. I charge $40 an hour for it. I'm doing one this week for $150, it'll only take me two hours, it's just really high though. It's all an add on though, I don't market gutter cleaning, I just do it for window clients. They already trust you and know that you do good work, so when they say they like a quote on gutter cleaning they will most likely give you the business as long as your price is reasonable oh, that's just my experience.
A couple thoughts. It may be "dumb" work but compared to leaving a window or carpet dirty it can have expensive consequences if not done. We've seen more than a few houses sustain flood damage when a gutter backed up and started pouring water into the house. Additionally, a window cleaner would me the most likely to carry appropriate insurance to do ladder work. On a man hour level we would be getting more than window work which makes sense in that most of the work is at the top of a two or three story ladder.
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I'm a window cleaner and I do gutters. When I work by myself doing Windows I make $50 an hour, I figure that gutter cleaning is kinda "dumb" work, meaning it's easy and doesn't have to be perfect like a window. I charge $40 an hour for it. I'm doing one this week for $150, it'll only take me two hours, it's just really high though. It's all an add on though, I don't market gutter cleaning, I just do it for window clients. They already trust you and know that you do good work, so when they say they like a quote on gutter cleaning they will most likely give you the business as long as your price is reasonable oh, that's just my experience.
$40 per hour is way too cheap.
 
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