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How to start your own Gutter Cleaning Business

How to start your own Gutter Cleaning Business

Are you searching for a new business trade to start?

Have you considered becoming a professional gutter cleaner?
Perhaps you already run your own window cleaning trade, or something similar, and you’re looking to expand your expertise and increase your profits?
Let’s take a look in more detail at what is required to start a gutter cleaning company.

Do you need any qualifications?

The short answer is no. There are no legal requirements to have any formal qualifications to professionally clean gutters or run your own gutter cleaning business.
All you need is the equipment to clean and a vehicle, like a van, to transport them.
You must be able to clean gutters at a professional standard so why not practise with your own gutters, and then with a friend or relative before beginning on paid customers?
If you already have some experience of gutter cleaning but you’d like to show off your professionalism to your customers, you could always consider a business opportunity training day to help you to grasp the basics when setting up a new trade.
If that sounds like something you want to know more about, do some research, and find a course near you.

What Skills do you need to be a Professional Gutter Cleaning?

What Skills do you need to be a Professional Gutter Cleaner?

• Communication skills: As with any customer-based role you’ll need decent communication and people skills.
• Physically fit: This job requires you to be on your feet moving about for most hours of the day so an adequate level of fitness is a must.
• Knowledge on keeping safe: Common sense with regards to health and safety as gutter cleaning has the potential to be a dangerous job.

It’s important to bear in mind, the Working at Heights Regulation (2005). This law states that any liability for an accident whilst working at heights is on the owner or occupier of the property.

So what equipment is needed to clean gutters?

That depends on you.
You can go the traditional route of purchasing a long extension ladder, ladder stabiliser, safety helmet, safety ropes, harnesses, extension pole, scoop, leaf blower, safety gloves, and climbing-proof boots.
The list goes on.
Alternatively, you could invest in ladder-less cleaning equipment, like what we use, the SpaceVac external gutter cleaning vacuum.
This cleaning vacuum can reach up to 15.2 metres high, removing any need for ladders and any safety tools needed to climb up them.
They’re also incredibly lightweight as they’re made from carbon fibre and only require one person to operate.
Moreover, they come with a built-in camera so you can easily see what you’re cleaning.
It makes the job of cleaning gutters much safer which, in turn, removes any issues with liability as an accident is far less likely to occur.
Whatever cleaning equipment you choose, don’t forget to buy some protective overalls and boots for working in rainy and dirty conditions.

Final Points to Consider

• Gutter cleaning is a seasonal job: People tend to only get their gutter cleaned at the end of autumn and/or the beginning of spring.
• Customers prefer a fixed price rather than a price per metre of guttering: Check out competitors’ prices and create your own rates.
• Don’t forget to market yourself: Create a few hundred flyers and distribute them door-to-door; join a few relevant Facebook groups in your area; maybe even buy an advertisement in your local newspaper.
• Insurance: Although not a legal requirement, research insurance options. If you’re working with homeowners, it’s worth taking out public liability insurance just in case something goes wrong or gets broken.

 

Start your gutter cleaning business today.

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