Offering gutter cleaning, at first can appear to be a daunting challenge, but don’t let this stop you from making money on a service many others won’t do. This is a great way to bring in extra income during the fall that can help your lawn care business when your mowing services slow down. One of our Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum members recently started his lawn care business and asked “this year is my first year in business and it has been a learning process for me. I need some help with something. In the fall other than racking leaves what else is there to do? I know a little about cleaning gutters but all I know to do is climb on a ladder and pull out the leaves. What else do I need to clean a gutter other than a ladder? Keep in mind that I’m on a low-budget. Also I live on the east coast and I don’t know anything about charging for fall-clean ups so some tips on that would also be great.”
John: “I have found that the best way to clean out gutters is with a blower….Back Pack preferred.
Charging for a leaf clean-up can be tough. Customers love to try and get the job done at a very cheap price. However, you have to think about several things when you do the estimate.
1. Are all the leaves off the trees?
2. How large is the property?
3. Do they want you to rid them or blow them into the woods?
4. How long is it going to take to complete the work?
There are many options out there and leaf clean-up is a lot of work. So, charge by the hour for one and charge extra if they want you to take it away.”
Keith: “Cleaning gutters is definitely big business for the Fall months. Cleaning gutters can be dangerous though so be sure to follow all safety regulations including fall protection.
Don’t stop at simply cleaning the gutters though. Offer a free inspection.
- If you find loose fasteners you can replace them.
- If there is a leak at a joint, offer to repair it.
- You can also offer to install gutter leaf guards.
The list is endless. You can make tons of money between now and the end of the year if you price it right.”
Howard: “Do you have a gas powered blower? Electric will work (if you have tons of cord) But the fastest way is to just get up on the roof and blow them out of the gutter. If you have a powerful gas blower be careful on the trigger as 283 mph wind from a gas blower will tear off the gutters. Then once you have the gutters cleaned out treat the job like any other kind of leaf removal service. If you don’t have a blower i would suggest biting the bullet and buying a cheaper gas powered one. It will pay itself off in the fall very fast. I guarantee!”
Richard: “My experience has shown me that the fastest way to ‘properly’ clean out the gutters is to get up on a ladder and clean them by hand. I have used the blower attachments and they make a mess like no other. Especially if the gutters are wet. You’ll find yourself cleaning off the roof, house, windows and yourself.
I charge $.50 per linear foot with a minimum charge of $45.00. Depending on your costs, overhead, dumping fees, etc…your price will differ depending.”
I hope this discussion helps get you on the right track and gets you excited to offer this additional service in the fall. Remember each season presents you with great ways to make more money. You don’t have to simply focus on cutting lawns.
If you would like to join in on this discussion further, visit the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum.