How Much Does It Cost to Clean Gutters?

Typical Range:

$119 - $227

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Published January 10, 2022

Written by HomeAdvisor.

Gutter Cleaning Cost

The national average for cleaning gutters is $161 or between $119 and $227. Single-story homes may cost between $70 and $200. Two-story homes range between $90 and $225 per job. Three or more stories may cost an additional $75 to $200 per service.

Traditionally, cleaning services follow a per linear foot pricing model, charging $1 per linear foot on single-story homes and $2 per linear foot on two-story homes.

Clean your gutters either one to three times annually depending on climate, whether you have covers and the number of trees near your home. Do you need help getting it done that often? Find a gutter cleaning service near you.

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National Average $161
Typical Range $119 - $227
Low End - High End $75 - $375

Cost data is based on actual project costs as reported by 33,722 HomeAdvisor members.

Gutter Cleaning Prices

To recap, the national average price for cleaning gutters comes in between $125 and $175 per job. The overall cost of the project depends on several variables: how many stories your home has, the length of gutters, their condition, added modifications, and any extra repair needs.

Below is a table for various cleaning services and their average prices based on a gutter length of 200 square feet, which is about the average that many homes' front elevations share:

Gutter Cleaning Price List
ProjectAverage Price for 200 Square Feet
Single-Story Home$70-$200
Two-Story Home$95-$225
Three-Stories or More$170-$425
Downspout Cleaning$50-$100
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Gutter Cleaning Cost Formula

the average cost to clean gutters and downspouts is $1 to $2 per linear foot.

There are two ways to manually calculate an estimate for your gutter cleaning project.

  • Linear feet: Estimate the length of gutters in feet along your home and multiply the total by

    • $1 for a single-story

    • $2 for a two-story.

  • *Square foot: Estimate the total square footage of your home, excluding areas without gutters, and multiply it by

    • $0.40 for a single-story home

    • $0.80 for a two-story home.

For homes exceeding two-stories, a service may tack on an additional $75 to $200 to account for extra risk factors and equipment needed, such as the use of extended ladders or the steep slant of the roof.

*Keep in mind that using a square foot pricing model may not be entirely accurate with various parts of the house not including gutters, such as patios, decks, and pool enclosures.

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Cost Factors to Get Rain Gutters Cleaned

Here are some of the factors that pros use to calculate the cost of this project:

  • Linear Feet

  • House Height

  • Seamed vs. Seamless Metal Gutters

  • Gutter Size

  • Condition

  • Downspout Installation

  • Accessories

  • Applicable Installation Discounts

  • Travel

  • Equipment

  • Demand

House Height

House height is the basic determinant of your gutter cleaning price. The table below is based on the average costs of cleaning from homeowner survey data:

Number of Stories Average Cost
Number of StoriesAverage Cost
Three or More Stories$340

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Seamed vs. Seamless Metal

Regardless of gutters being seamed or seamless metal, the cleaning costs are relatively the same at an average price of $145 per job.

The average repair cost of seamed gutters is between $315 per job, although seamless metal gutters may cost upwards of $900 per job since gutters come in one large piece as opposed to smaller sections.

Gutter Length

The cost to clean gutters is determined by the number of linear feet or by the square footage of the home. Either way, the larger your home, the more you can expect cleaning costs to be.

Gutter Condition

If you haven't had your gutters cleaned out in a while, then the cost will probably be higher due to excessive buildup. If there is a lot of debris to remove, then the job might take longer, and the cleaning costs may reflect that extra time. As a rule of thumb, you should plan to hire a local gutter cleaning service three times a year to remove any dirt and debris that comes along with the changing seasons.

Gutter Extras

Some cleaning professionals will inspect and tighten fasteners, remove and reinstall gutter guards, and reseal end caps and outlets. This type of maintenance costs $11 per hour, including the cost of parts.

You may also choose to install a gutter guard so that you can wait longer between cleanings. Installing gutter guards cost between $7 to $10 per linear foot, including materials. Unfortunately,this will increase the cleaning cost since the pro must remove and reinstall the screens. But they could save you money in the future with less servicing.

Downspout Installation Cleaning

Cleaning out downspouts tends to be more expensive and will add to the overall costs. The average price to unclog downspouts is between $50 and $100 per job. Installing gutters and downspouts costs between $5 and $10 per installation depending on the type of materials chosen.

Installing downspout extenders ranges between $6 and $15 per installation with the same respect for materials. This is a crucial element of gutter cleaning, though, as this will ensure that water pours all the way down to your yard, instead of directly to the foundation. Keep in mind, they take extra time to handle and will increase the final cost.

Learn more about material costs for gutter and downspout installations.

Installation Discounts

Sometimes you can find discounts by signing up for a local gutter cleaning service or by contacting professionals during their offseason. By investigating these discounts, you might be able to save each year on services.

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DIY vs. Gutter Cleaning Service

Working with licensed gutter cleaners will make the job a lot easier on you as they have experience working on a ladder. Plus, you can save yourself the headache of doing the job, along with the risk of falling and getting hurt. Also, by using a reputable cleaning professional, you can protect yourself from having to pay for any injuries compared to hiring a neighbor or teenager to do it.

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How Often Should Gutters be Cleaned?

Clean your gutters three times a year to remove dirt and debris with each season. This means a heavy cleaning in the spring, a light cleaning in the summer, and a thorough cleaning in the fall. Altogether, it's an important maintenance project to execute that saves you money in the long run.

When Should You Clean Your Gutters in the Fall?

You should clean your gutters toward the end of the fall season to ready your home against the buildup brought on by the winter months. This ensures that dirt, leaves, and other debris won't accumulate and freeze, causing blockages in your draining system come springtime.

What Does Gutter Cleaning Include?

Gutter cleaning includes the following tasks:

  • Removing dirt and debris

  • Clearing out and inspecting gutter guards

  • Unclogging downspouts

  • Repairing fasteners and seals

All these tasks can be included in your estimate. In some cases, a pro may even perform minor repairs to fasteners, seals, and end caps for free.

How Long Does It Take to Clean Gutters?

After hiring a professional contractor to clean your gutters, the job should take no more than two hours to complete. However, extra time may be necessary to accommodate gutter guard removal, the risk associated with high or slanted rooftops, or the severity of the cleaning.

Do Gutters with Gutter Guards Need to be Cleaned?

Yes, gutters with gutter leaf guards should be cleaned. Although, you can have them serviced less often than gutters without guards. Rather than three cleanings a year, only one major cleaning and a light inspection is necessary. Even though a layer of protection is added, dirt and grime can still build up and prevent proper drainage, so performing a routine inspection and cleaning throughout the seasons is necessary.

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