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We started today at 10 oclock. Got 8 done and was back before it got dark. The trick is shortening your service area.



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There's money in it. A tight route and a good crew is key.


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Chesapeake wrote:

There's money in it. A tight route and a good crew is key.


 yup!



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Gutter Cleaning is Good Money, you just have to explain to the Customer the point of difference between your company and the competition. What I explain is that they won't unblock the downpipes, they will make a huge mess, they are 100% uninsured, they know nothing about roofing and won't give you a roof report whilst they're up there. Etc. Etc. Here is my Youtube Videos: www.youtube.com/watch and www.youtube.com/watch . And my Website www.foreverclean.com.au/gutterhome.html . Good Luck and go get their Money

 



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Guess I will never know.

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Gutter Cleaning S ucks. Lowest paying job on the planet!

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We only do them as part of doing other services, we no longer do them as a stand alone service.

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Art O wrote:

Gutter Cleaning S ucks. Lowest paying job on the planet!


 Plus!!!!!



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Doug Rucker wrote:

We only do them as part of doing other services, we no longer do them as a stand alone service.


 Exactly!  We don't even respond to gutter cleaning calls.  Sometimes we entertain and quote $199-$249 for local but I can say that it doesn't happen.  People are used to paying $80 and don't care if you're legit, compliant, licensed and insured.  The most comical thing to hear, which is said frequently, is "the last guy did it for $xx".  I always reply "why didn't you try to reach out to him again?".  Then they tell you he can't be reached or he's out of business.  DUH?

 



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I don't do gutter cleaning or gutter shining. A lot of work for little pay.

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I like the one, I don't want my husband to go up there or my husband did the lower gutters and we want the upper gutters done

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Ed Thompson wrote:
Doug Rucker wrote:

We only do them as part of doing other services, we no longer do them as a stand alone service.


 Exactly!  We don't even respond to gutter cleaning calls.  Sometimes we entertain and quote $199-$249 for local but I can say that it doesn't happen.  People are used to paying $80 and don't care if you're legit, compliant, licensed and insured.  The most comical thing to hear, which is said frequently, is "the last guy did it for $xx".  I always reply "why didn't you try to reach out to him again?".  Then they tell you he can't be reached or he's out of business.  DUH?

 


 I will quote it for a very large home as a stand alone service, IF, I see the opportunity for future work down the road.  But I usually qualify them and ask them if they have someone that does the exterior cleaning of the home.  If they respond with something like yes we do and are happy with him, he just doesn't clean out gutters, then I will often times pass, explaining that we are a company that does it all.....or nothing.



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We have started charging for gutter clean outs with the roof cleaning. its a separate price by foot. They can do it themselves or hire someone else but it has to be done so we can clean the roof.

We havent yet but if there was a local job for just gutter cleaning we would do it if we get our price. Obviously you cant travel too far without the price being affected.

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The bottom line is that we have a minimum price that can fluctuate between $250-$500 depending on the location. We can do $1500 for the day in 3 to 4 stops. Gutter cleaning at $150/stop would need 10 stops. Ive sold $8k jobs over the phone but Ive never sold a gutter cleaning as a single service for $150 or more.

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I agree, we never do gutter cleanouts unless its part of another job. We als rarely entertain deck cleaning either unless they are very large. I'd prefer to do $1600 on average with a truck per day with 3 stops or less.

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Were are still doing them. I got my reasons.


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What are the reasons Mike? I'm curious as hell.

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Gutter cleaning can be good if you can pick up some add on's Otherwise it still Sucks

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Ed Thompson wrote:

What are the reasons Mike? I'm curious as hell.


 Just that it is work, With our name we kinda have to. We did the 3 stop 1500 or more spring and summer. Now not so often anymore?



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I went on a Gutter clean the other day and picked up a $600 house wash. You never know what's there until you get there.

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I guess I am a lucky fellow,

Did 140' of gutters today for $650. Granted they were mostly three stories and it sucked, but It took less than an hour. Initial quote was $500 but she wanted to change her scheduled date to an earlier time, so we charge a $150 earlier schedule change fee. I always do gutter estimates and jobs it gets me in front of people and I can usually make another sell while I am there.



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am changing a metal cast gutter this Monday to plastic gutters cost of materials 85 notes cost of job 300 rip of old stuff then drill into the facia its a concrete lintel all the way along the house front 7 meters worth , be a hour or two the two houses next to it are private so possible next customer as there gutters are hanging off . we told the HO to mention it to his neighbours see if they want theres done also ,

also old cast gutters are the lunch money from the scrap metal dealers ,

am halfway to building my own sky vac system got a big wet and dry hoover at farmers auctions 60 quid ex plant rental companys 3000w motor am now getting 50 mm 2 "inch plumbers pipe and a baby monitor as my camera ,
u bend water pipe from a car radiator pipes jubilee clips and its on

60 quid upwards that's about 95 bucks for 14 meters worth of gutters 42 feet american ??? yeah ??



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Michael Wedge wrote:

I guess I am a lucky fellow,

Did 140' of gutters today for $650. Granted they were mostly three stories and it sucked, but It took less than an hour. Initial quote was $500 but she wanted to change her scheduled date to an earlier time, so we charge a $150 earlier schedule change fee. I always do gutter estimates and jobs it gets me in front of people and I can usually make another sell while I am there.


 Mike:

did you do those from ladder or from rooftop?



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For us we do the gutter cleaning for all the customers we provided services(roof cleaning and house washes) for in the past.

 

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Aloha Ray,

We were able to catch it all off our 40'. Very little debri, in fact we only had to move the ladder4 times. We set up at the top of the flow direction with our pressure washer and used our 0 degree roof nozzle to push everything to the down spout. This was a 7000sqft estate and they wanted me to clean the gutters on the entire home, but after I did my inspection via my GO PRO attached to a 32' extension pole I realized that only one portion of the gutters needed to be cleaned. When I tried to explain this to the homeowner she could not understand why I would not clean the entire system. I told her that for me to clean all the gutters it would be around$2500 and I would not feel comfortable taking her money for doing nothing. She still kept pushing the issue until I showed her the video.

In case anyone is wondering how I price my gutters It's like this:

$1 LF for first story

$2 LF for second story

$3 LF for third story

The higher I get, the higher the risk, the greater the cost. And if I don't get the job, I don't care. Gutters suck! 



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Michael Wedge wrote:

 And if I don't get the job, I don't care. Gutters suck


 

C'mon Mike........Tell us how you really feel.....:}



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We do a fair share of gutter clean outs in the fall once the leafs have fallen. I do have a minimum fee that I charge (its high) and we have many days where we do over 1k in just gutters. When people call and then balk at my minimum, I give them the number of a competitor, I like to keep them busy with the low paying jobs that way I can get the top dollar ones.

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Well played Dan! 



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We have a little package we give everyone. Most people dont know you can clean roofs.

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I do plenty of gutters. It's a love/hate deal for me. Some are insanely easy money and others require a lot of "blood, sweat and tears". I'm in gutter season right now in NE PA. Unfortunately the window here is relatively small. Most trees have not lost all or virtually all of their leaves here until late Oct/ early Nov. Too far into November and there is the threat of lingering frost or even snow on the roofs. Or water-filled gutters may get so frozen that they won't thaw later in the day or take more than just a little hot water to allow them to be cleaned shard by shard. This year the weather has been more favorable than last, I'll say that much!

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