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Old 06-04-2010, 08:43 AM
 
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hi,
i have a 2 story, 3k sqft house that sits on a flat piece of land. The house is fairly new with brand new roof and a couple year old gutters.

How much should i expect to pay someone to clean my gutters from pine needles and other crap that's cloging the waterways? the roof is walkable but gets real steep on the 2nd story roof.

I found someone (licensed and insured...with "15 years of experience") that would do it for 100. other offers have been from 250 to 475!!!!

any thoughts?
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Old 06-04-2010, 01:00 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA... where the nest is now empty!
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I have a 2 story house on a sloped lot.... so the back gutter is three stories up.

I pay my guy - who is licensed and insured - $45 four times a year to keep mine clear.
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Old 06-04-2010, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Nesconset, NY
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I have a 2 story house on a sloped lot.... so the back gutter is three stories up.

I pay my guy - who is licensed and insured - $45 four times a year to keep mine clear.
I do my own but I think $45 x 4/yr. is a fair price for most areas of the US.

Here on Long Island it's probably $500/visit by a company but the Latino that does the actual work probably gets $75-$100 (a little sarcasm, maybe).
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Old 06-06-2010, 03:32 PM
 
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$100 is a good price. If you don't like what they do, try someone else next year. Take notice of that this firm does -- ie, do they clean out by hand, by forced water, or by leaf blower.....then if it doesn't seem like it was the right method, you will know what to do or not do for the next time.
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Old 06-06-2010, 08:15 PM
 
Location: WA
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My house has high and higher gutters and a steep roof so there is no way I am interested in doing it myself. I also border a greenbelt so the roof needs cleaning annually. I pay to get the roof and gutters done by a guy that is insured, bonded, and good at it for $250.
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Old 07-02-2010, 12:14 AM
 
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There are some real safety issues with cleaning gutters, especially on high roofs. I would recommend not doing it yourself. I had a company do my roof for about $150 USD but I've got an extremely high, extremely large roof so it is a reasonably big job.

Here is a good video illustrating the dangers of gutter cleaning.



It is from an Australian gutter cleaning company which has one of the best blogs about exterior house cleaning topics that I've seen on the Internet.
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Old 07-03-2010, 06:43 AM
 
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I bought a poulan gutter cleaning attachment for my hand held blower for $5 @ a yard sale.
It consist of several tubes like connect to a shop vac. and extends high enough for a 2 story house.
It works great if I use it while the leaves are dry but it makes a mess with wet leaves . the only draw back I have with this toy is it is hard to control on 2 story houses it wants to go its own way.
the price of a new one probably would be $25-30 .but its always better to have someone else do the work for you
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Old 04-01-2011, 12:59 PM
 
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I have a 2 story Townhouse with roof over small porch and not a steep roof. what should I be looking at money wise to have my roof cleaned?
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Old 04-01-2011, 02:17 PM
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Location: Holly Springs
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Just a word of advice; verify their insurance personally. Make CERTAIN it is active. The last thing you want is for someone to fall of your roof and not be properly insured.
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Old 04-01-2011, 07:38 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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My present house has shielded gutters that were put on before I bought the house. They never need cleaning.

I have never had these before, but whatever they cost they were worth every penny. My gutters are always clear and working perfectly, and no teetering around on ladders or paying someone to clean them.

Of course, now that Hurricane Katrina knocked down a substantial tree in my back yard, and also severely weakened a huge tree there which instead of recovering was ultimately knocked down by another hurricane, leaves are not nearly as much of a problem as previously....
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