Hiring a Gutter Cleaning Service

If you have a multiple story home or are afraid of heights, cleaning your gutters may seem like a chore that is downright frightening. If you are uncomfortable or unwilling to take on this task yourself there are plenty of services available for hire to take care of this chore for you, much like a lawn mower service would maintain your lawn for a fee. Putting off cleaning your gutters can lead to roof damage or flooding in your home so it is well worth your while to take on the expense of hiring a professional rather than letting this chore go.

Finding the Right Service

If you have never hired someone to clean your gutters before you may not be sure where to look to find a quality service. There are sure to be listings in the local phone book or online but you do not want to hire someone with no reference to work around your home. Look for websites that offer reviews or recommendations of the various companies to give you a good idea of what to expect from each group. If you have the opportunity to meet a gutter cleaning crew in person before hiring them, ask for references to check on the quality of past work.

Cleaning gutters can be dangerous if your crew does not take the time to consider basic safety measures. You do not want to be held responsible if a crew damages your home or someone hurts themselves while completing the task. Make sure any gutter cleaning service you work with is fully insured to avoid these kinds of issues.

How much your gutter cleaning service is going to cost will depend on the size of your home, how many stories up the gutters are and how much cleaning needs to be done. Because of this most services do not offer a flat fee for their work. Have a representative come out to offer you a quote for the work that needs to be done on your home. Avoid any company that charges a fee for a contractor to give you this quote.

If you plan on using the same gutter cleaning service on a regular basis, be sure to discuss how often they think they will need to clean your gutters. This will vary depending on how many trees are around your home and the affect the seasons have on local foliage. Work out a contract with your company to make sure you are aware of the cost and the work schedule up front and can plan accordingly.

If you do not want to have to clean your gutters several times a year, there are leafless gutters available to cut down on this maintenance. These gutters have a screen over them so leaves and other debris cannot become wedged inside. Because they are sitting out in the open, most leaves will wash away in the rain or be blown off your roof. Though you may need to occasionally clean off your gutters, you will not need a service more than once a year to care for them.

The bottom line when hiring a gutter cleaning service is you are inviting someone onto your property to work on your home. This can be a very personal interaction even if you do not spend much time around these people. When consulting with them about the job, see if you feel comfortable with the crew that will be doing your work and whether or not they seem as though they know what they are doing. Your instinct is often the best judge as to whether or not someone is worth hiring.

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