Gutters perform an important function in protecting your home. They force rainwater away from the structure, preventing damage to the foundation and flooding in the basement. When the gutters are clogged, they can’t do this important job.
If the idea of spending a whole day on a ladder trying to clean the gutters doesn’t appeal to you, consider hiring a professional to do the job. For about $150-$300, on average, a professional service will clean the gutters by hand, then use a leaf blower to remove remaining debris. Most will also tighten loose gutters to prevent excess water from falling behind them.
Gutter Cleaning Prices
Gutter cleaning varies widely in price based on the size of the home, geographic location and the condition of the gutters. The owner of a small townhouse in an area with a low cost of living might spend $50, while the owner of an enormous home in an expensive area or region could spend $500.
Again, about $150-$300 is the average for a mid-sized home. A 1,500-square foot ranch is likely to fall on the low end of that range, while a two-story with 2,000 square feet might fall on the high end.
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Additional Fees and Charges
There are certain issues or circumstances that add to the total price. Some, such as a steep roof, can be identified in advance, while others, such as overly-full gutters, can’t be predicted before the service call. Here are some common examples, along with their costs:
- Steep roof: $15-$50, depending on pitch
- Overly-full gutters: $5-$20
- Overly-clogged downspout: $5-$10 per downspout
- Three-story roof: $20-$30
- Travel charges (for longer distances): $5-$15
In addition, many gutter cleaning services offer other home improvement or maintenance tasks for a discounted price while they’re already on the ladder. This saves you money in the long run because you don’t have to pay for another company to come out. Optional services include:
- Satellite dish removal: $30-$50
- Skylight cleaning: $10-$25 each
- Gutter screen installation: $3-$5 per linear foot
- Gutter sealant: $20-$30 per gutter
- Pressure washing roof/siding: estimated on site
- Trimming branches: estimated on site