Are you unsure if it’s worth it to have your gutters cleaned by a professional? Not sure how much work is involved if you clean your gutters yourself? Deciding if you should take the DIY approach or the professional cleaning route is typically thought of on a cost basis, but there is a lot more to think about. Here are some things to think about before you decide if you should clean your gutters or have a professional take care of it.
The obvious benefit of DIY cleaning seems like it would be significantly cheaper. But that may not necessarily be the case. As they say, “time is money”, and gutter cleaning can take a significant amount of time if you are not experienced. Additionally, some homeowners do not have tools to flush the gutters or even a ladder to climb up and down on.
DIY cleaning also has considerable risks. Nearly 200,000 people suffer from ladder-related injuries in the US each year because of unsteady or old equipment, or lack of experience. Some homeowners choose to hire a handyman service or a neighbor’s kid to clean their gutters. While this may be slightly cheaper than a professional service, it is highly discouraged because of the risk of fall and injury.
Professional cleaning costs money, but not as much as you think. Gutter cleaning typically costs between $70 and $225 for a single-story home, with an average around $150—much cheaper than most people think. Additionally, professional services are insured so you don’t have to worry about being responsible if an accident occurs.
The biggest benefit to a professional cleaning service, however, is the efficiency and expertise. Professional cleaners know exactly what they are doing and make sure that your gutters are ready for future seasons. This includes hand removing all debris, checking every drain spout for clogs, flushing the entire system, and doing a damage report to let homeowners know of potential repairs.