Gutter cleaning is something that will be at the front of a lot of homeowner’s minds right now. With the leaves falling off the trees and also with the recent storms we have encountered, blocked gutters will become apparent and you may be wondering just how much it is going to cost you to have your gutters cleaned?
Here I’ll explain the different things you need to consider before you a hire a company to clean out your gutters.
Minimum Callout Charges
Most gutter cleaning companies will charge some sort of minimum callout charge in order to carry out this work on your property. Although the actual cleaning of the gutter might not take as long as you would expect it to for the price being quoted, it’s worth keeping in mind that the time involved is not the only expense the company will incur in order to offer this service. Gutter cleaning companies will have to invest in the right equipment, vehicles and more in order to be able to run their business. On top of this there will be fuel, labour and insurance costs to factor in.
All of this will mean that it would be impractical to visit a property and provide a gutter cleaning service without having a minimum callout charge. Our minimum callout charge for gutter cleaning on local jobs in Colne, Lancashire is £25 and this usually covers the cleaning of one length of guttering. This may seem quite cheap considering what other companies charge, but we like to try and give our customers the best possible deal. As we travel further out of our usual work area, this cost may increase. This charge is also obviously only valid at the time of writing and may change in the future.
The Height of the Gutter
We would also take into account the height of the gutter to be cleaned. As a general rule, the higher the gutter is, the more time and specialist equipment will be needed in order to get the job done safely and to a high standard. This would mean that the cost of cleaning would generally increase along with the height of the gutter.
Are There any Stubborn Blockages?
As a company who offer gutter cleaning services, we have undertaken many different jobs in our time and the one thing you come to learn is that you never really know what you are going to encounter when undertaking this service. Sometimes a job will be very straightforward and it will simply be a case of clearing out a few leaves from one section of the gutter. On other occasions, the gutters will be very full and the job will obviously take longer in these circumstances. These unknowns will all have to be taken into account within a company’s pricing structure, whether they are offering a quote before seeing the job or upon inspection. Often times, you also come across blockages in the downspouts which will take more effort to clear, sometimes even resulting in the gutter having to be partially dismantled in order to clear the blockage. The sheer variation of what you ‘may’ come across while trying to carry out the work of gutter cleaning has to be factored into a company’s pricing structure accordingly.
The Best Thing is to get a Quote
Here we have mentioned just 3 things which might have a bearing on the cost of having your gutters cleaned by a professional company. Rather than trying to guess, I would say that the best thing you can do is to contact a professional firm and get a quote. This way you will know exactly where you stand and you will avoid any of the potential problems that may arise from not having your gutters cleaned when needed.