Friday, October 23, 2009

So busy Cleaning Gutters in Portland, Not Much Time to Write.

So my employee and I are extremely busy cleaning gutters. I really can't think of a much easier way to make a lot of money. I only worked 4 days this week and managed to make over $2000. Anyway, life is good for now.

I want to write about a great gutter cleaning tool I invented and how it made me an extra $139 today. You see not all roofs are created equally and this roof was so high in the back, that we couldn't reach it by conventional means. (i.e. my highest ladder) Also the shingle were a bit moldy and get down to clean the gutters out or blow them with a saftey line frankly, would be worth the risk. I happen to clean window and so I decided to take the top off of my gutter cleaning rake and crew in on the end of my 12 ft window washing pole. We went up from a short deck near the center rear of the house and we were able to reach both ends of the gutter. It was a great and far less dangerous way to clean out the gutters. I think we will be using this gutter cleaning method again.

The one down side to it however,m is that we were only able to clean out from the ladder 6 inches at a time because the gutters were extremely clogged.

I also want to put in a plug for my site. It may also give you a few good ideas on what to include in your website if you don't already have one yet, my website is at the link Portland gutter Cleaning.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Gutter cleaning Tools like and Gutter Scoop and Gutter Rake

Gutter cleaning Tools like and Gutter Scoop and Gutter Rake

There are several different gutter tools you can use to clean out your gutters. Some of these tools include a leaf blower, a shop vac w/ long whole extensions, a gutter rake, and a gutter scooper. This article will describe which tool will work the best with which type of gutters.

What is a Gutter Rake, and When should I use one.

A gutter rake is a 4 to 5 foot tool that helps you extend your reach while on a ladder and clean up to six feet on either side of the ladder you are working on. The way it is designed is that it two different ends on it. The 1st end is just a straight piece and it is used to scrap the stuff in the gutters towards you when you are on the roof or on a ladder. The 2nd end of the gutter rake is curved and has an L at the end. This piece pushes the gutter debris under the gutter joints and move it closer to you so you can take it out with your hands.
The best gutters to use a gutter cleaning rake on are gutters with leaves and other lightweight debris in them and gutters that are less then half full. The gutter rake works great with both dry and wet gutters.

Using a Shop Vac to Clean Gutters

I have a gutter cleaning friend who always raves about how could a shop vac works. He use it with an extra long hose and sucks all the debris out of the gutters. It works best with medium to light build up. It seems to be a really quick and easy way to clean out gutters. I look forward to trying this method in the near future.

When should I use a leaf blower to clean my gutters?

Generally a leaf blower works best when the gutter are dry and the roof isn’t very steep. Gas blowers are far superior to electric because they are cordless and has more power. The clean out the gutters, simply walk along the edge of the roof and blow out excess debris. Then rake of the stuff underneath if needed. With smaller houses, leaf blower gutter cleaning can take less then an hour. If gutter has water or mud in them drain before blowing and make sure to remove patio furtiture off of the back porch before beginning.

What is a gutter scoop and how to make one?

A Gutter scoop is an interesting tool that will help you clean you gutters. If you want to make your own, you can simply cut up a milk jug and use it as a gutter scoop. We actually recommend a store bought one because it will often have a better design, last longer, and work better at removing heavy gutter debris out of your gutters. A gutter scoop works well with any gutter, it can be used in conjunction with a gutter rake or a shop vac.

Gutter rake substitutes or how to make a gutter rake – If you don’t want to buy a rake, you can use a hoe or even just a pole, but it will take a little longer.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Need a Gutter Rake or Gutter Scoop?

What is a Gutter Rake?
A gutter rake is a 4 to 5 foot tool that helps you extend your reach while on a ladder and clean up to six feet on either side of the ladder you are working on. the way it is designed is that it has a long handle

Do Gutter rakes really work?

What is a gutter scoop and how to make one?

Gutter rake substitutes or how to make a gutter rake?

Monday, September 7, 2009

How to give Estimates for a Gutter Cleaning Service

The Fall or the Spring are both great times to start a gutter cleaning service. You should be excited to start a new business like gutter cleaning because you can make $300 a day or $1500 per week. This is a great way to supplement your income or make a full time income working from home. If you are looking to start a gutter cleaning business, it is appropriate to know how to give estimates and know how much gutter services cost. This article explains 4 different ways to give estimates for gutter cleaning.

One way is to charge a set price, plus or minus a small amount depending on how difficult or how easy you think the job will be. For instance start out with a set price of $120 and then charge between $70 and $170 depending on how long you think it will take you to complete the job.

The next way is to calculate the price based on the total square footage of the house. Some feel this is a fair way to charge because a two or three is more dangerous then a 1-story. Estimate rates will equal the square footage on the house time 4 to 6 cents per foot. This makes a 2,500 square ft house between $100 and $150 and the 3,000 between $120 and $180.

The third way to give an estimate for cleaning gutters is to charge a minimum for the appointment for showing up plus and a fixed rate per linear foot of gutter. For example, you may charge $50 for showing up plus $.50 per foot so for 200 ft gutters, this is equal to $50 + $100 or $150.

The last way to charge for gutter cleaning is to charge by the hour, or how long you think it will take you to complete the job. Most jobs take between 1 and 4 hours. People expect you to charge between $30 and $50 an hour. After you have done your first ten jobs, this will be a really easy method to use. Now that you know how to give estimate, one of our next post will focus on how to get estimates. See-ya till then!

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Monday, August 24, 2009

Make the Most Money From Your Gutter Cleaning Business

Why not make the most from your gutter cleaning business? Below are 7 tips to help you grow and expand your gutter cleaning business and make it as successful as possible. These are all great upgrades you can add to your gutter cleaning service. Adding a few or all of the item listed below will help you double the average sale per customer.
1. Always offer guarantee- This is especially important to new customers, Plus is ensures you work latter on. We offer a 3 month clog free guarantee on most jobs. If the gutters get clogged with in 3 months, we will come out and unclog the gutter downspouts, (If they are full of leaves, we can always get paid again for cleaning them out.
2. Offer to install down spout filters. At a cost of $3 to $5 per filter. This usually adds 30 to 60 dollars to any job. If you buy the plastic mesh in bulk, this will cost you about 10 cents per filter for materials.
3.Offer to trim or cut back trees and pines over hanging roof. Not only will this make you job easier in the future, but it will help the roof to last longer and prevent costly roof repair later on.
4. Install gutter guards and gutter helmets - This can add 300 to 500 dollars to any jop.
5. Repair and replace old, worn out gutters.
6. Offer free estimates for window and skylight treatment. Often skylight cleaning is $20 external and window cleaning $80 to $170 dollar extra.
7. Offer preventative roof moss treatment or roof cleaning. Roof cleaning can be done by blowing the leaves off or else pressure washing away dirt and/ or moss.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

What are the Most Useful Gutter Cleaning Tools?

There are several tools you need to clean gutters. Let look at each of them listed in order of importance and explain why each type of tools is needed.
The first tool you need is a good ladder. If you have a smaller build, I would suggest an aluminum ladder. If you have a bigger build, you may need a fiberglass ladder. Aluminum ladders typically hold 200 to 250 pounds. Fiberglas ladders hold 250 to over 300 pounds. Fiber glass is a little heavier than aluminum. In most cases a 24 to 28 ft ladder will work fine for 2 to 2 1/2 stories. It is also a good idea to have a ten foot a frame for getting on the roof on the first level.
Other useful gutter cleaning equipment you might need include gloves, a square bucket with a handle, a gutter cleaning rake, and safety line and a safety harness for extremely high or steep roofs. A gutter rake is my favorite gutter cleaning toll. You can buy these for less then $25 dollars. b They can greatly speed up the time it takes you to get a job finished, allow you to reach around windows, and stay further away from the edge. They makes the job faster and less dangerous. You want to use a flat bucket, because it balance better then a round one.
Your line and harness should be high quality. If you don't know how to install it properly ask a contractor or work with someone that does. You may also need some spiked roofing shoes for ceder roofs. One brand that I like is called Korker roofing shoes. When buying safety equipment I usually upgrade to the most expensive equipment out there as soon as I can.
Other gutter cleaning tools you might need:
A down spout unclogging tool. (Usually a elongated coat hanger works great.)
A hose,- for flushing the down spouts when you are finished clearing them
A hammer and nails for fixing gutters as needed
A flat and a Phillips screw driver.
A sealer for patching gutters or filling nail holes in the roof.
In some cases, a wet dry vac can also be used to clean out the gutter.
These is every gutter cleaning tool I use to clean gutters on a regular basis. If you have anything else you would recommend, or think would be useful, please feel free to leave a comment. Thanks, Spencer

Monday, August 3, 2009

The Truth about Gutter Cleaning

Well the truth is that some jobs that are more disgusting then cleaning gutters, like being a podiatrist, a dentist, or a trash collect, but a professional gutter cleaner job combines both the disgusting and the dangerous to give you a job that can be both dirty and exhilarating at the same time. And if you like living on the edge, you can't get much closer. This is a job that is always in demand, especially in areas with lots of trees. Although demand varies by season and location, peak demand is usually in the Fall and Spring, and anytime it is raining.

What I love best about it is that I can easily sell upgrade client to other related thing like roof cleaning, trimming trees, moss application and removal, gutter guard installation, gutter filter installation, window cleaning and more. It doesn't take a rocket scientist or much of a salesman to turn a $100 job into a $300 job. An the truth about it is you are doing something for them they need to get done and you are saving them the hassle of finding someone else to do it. Plus the longer you clean gutters, the faster you get. As you get faster, you can see your hourly rate or margin increase from $20 an hour to $75 an hour.

You do need to be careful though. It is very important to have the right safety equipment and a good idea of what you are doing. As a general rule, ladders are safer then roof tops, (but roof tops are faster.) Two story or steeper and slippery roofs should always have a safety line when you have to be on the roof.

There are really a lot of important things having to do with gutter cleaning that I could talk about. I love cleaning gutters. I am so happy I started this blog. Maybe I can give someone a safety tip that will save their life. (By the way, never get on a wet roof when it is near freezing.) You will never know unless you stay tuned to this blog and subscribe to my feeds. Also, I have been having a difficult time find a place online that sells the right tools I needed to start my gutter cleaning business. I would like to include the tool you need on this site, just in case you are knew or looking to trade in those football cleats or buy a nice gutter cleaning rake.

Also just because I blog doesn't mean I know every thing please comment and allow me to learn from you as well. Thanks