Who Do You Hire to Clean Your Gutters?

Amy Pawlukiewicz
Written by Amy Pawlukiewicz
Updated August 27, 2021
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You should hire a professional to clean your gutters if you're not up to DIY-ing it

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Like flossing your teeth, gutter maintenance needs to be done on a regular basis or the buildup can cause serious consequences. There are several options for hiring a professional if you’re not into cleaning your gutters yourself, including professional gutter cleaning services and handymen.

How Gutter Cleaning Professionals Clean Gutters

Gutters should be cleaned out semi-annually, once in the fall and once in the spring. Essentially, it involves getting up on a ladder, pulling the gunk out, and flushing the gutters and downspouts with water from a hose. 

Installing gutter guards might be another project to look into if you’re worried about debris collecting in your gutters. Gutter guards are like screens with larger holes that prevent large sticks and other things from clogging up your gutters. The average cost to install gutter guards is between $600 and $2,000, with a national average of $1,300. Talk to your pro about whether or not they install gutter guards and how much the project might cost.

Plan Your Gutter Cleaning Project for Accurate Quotes

The cost of gutter cleaning depends on a few different factors, including:

  • Your location

  • How many feet of gutters

  • Whether or not there are trees or other obstructions

  • How high off the ground the gutters are

  • The steepness of the pitch of your roof

  • Age of the gutters

Gutter cleaning averages around $118 to $224, with a national average of $159. Before contacting a professional, get a general sense for how many square feet of gutters you have, and be sure to tell them whether you live in a one or two story home, as that can affect the price.

Extra services such as downspout clearing and installing gutter guards will add onto your cost. Be sure to ask how much your pro charges for add-ons when you call to get quotes. Downspout clearing usually runs $50 to $100 per 200 square feet, while installing gutter guards typically costs between $6 and $8 per square foot.

A good rule of thumb is to contact at least three professionals to get quotes. Get exact pricing from them and talk to them about what factors might cause a change. Any repairs or maintenance could drive up the cost, so make sure to ask about extra services and what they charge when you call.

The Benefits of Hiring a Professional Gutter Cleaning Service to Clean Your Gutters

Your home is your largest asset, so you want to make sure it’s protected. Hiring a professional gutter cleaning service means that you get an added layer of safety, since these companies have liability insurance and workers’ compensation insurance. If your gutter pro hires subcontractors, you’ll need to get insurance information for them as well. 

Pros are also likely to have reviews posted online, and will usually give you names of references you can call to ask about their work.

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Other great reasons to hire a full-service professional gutter cleaning company is that they:

  • Have a tried and true method of what works

  • Will they notify you if they find problems that need to be fixed

  • Will not leave you with a mess to clean up

Sign Paperwork and Make Arrangements With Your Gutter Cleaner

Once you’ve decided on a pro, get something in writing. This can be as formal as a contract with a company or as informal as an agreement written out on paper stating the project and the payment terms. Protect yourself and your home when any sort of maintenance is being done, and keep the contracts or agreements for your records.

Once your pro has finished, inspect the work. If there’s something you’re dissatisfied with, voice your concerns. If your pro did a great job, leave them a review wherever they prefer. You can even offer to be a reference for other homeowners who are just starting their process. Reviews and references can go a long way for a business, especially one that’s just starting out.

Other Types of Pros Who Clean Gutters

Although there are companies that devote themselves entirely to gutters and their maintenance, gutter cleaning doesn’t necessarily need to be done by one of these specialists. Landscapers often offer gutter cleaning services, and you can also hire a handyman. Just keep in mind that anytime you have someone going up on a ladder on your property, there’s risk involved that could result in injury and insurance claims.

Can I Clean My Own Gutters

Gutter cleaning is a project that you can do on your own, if you feel comfortable being up on a ladder and getting your hands dirty. You’ll need either a step ladder or an extension ladder (depending on whether you have a one story or two story home), buckets for removing debris, gloves, a trowel or gutter scoop for compacted debris, and a hose to flush the gutters once you’ve removed debris. Since gutter cleaning should be done at least twice a year, DIY-ing might be a less costly option if you’re comfortable with heights and are sure you can do a thorough job.

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