Cleaning gutters is a dirty, messy job, but somebody needs to do it – hiring a gutter cleaning company is the way to go. Sooner rather than later. Stopped-up gutters can lead to major problems, ranging from damaged interior walls and trim to ruined siding says Bob Pergolotti of Fairfield Gutter Cleaning. Here are some important things you should find out to ensure that you hire the right gutter cleaning company.
Do They Have a Great Reputation?
When it comes to hiring a gutter cleaning company (or anyone for that matter), it’s important to find out if they maintain a stellar reputation. Do they have experience? How long have they been in business? How are their Yelp reviews?
Always Ask for a Price Estimate
Ask every gutter cleaning company you’re considering to provide a price estimate (most offer free estimates). Some companies will be happy to come out to your home to inspect the gutters before providing a written quote.
Confirm that They’re Licensed
Before hiring the gutter cleaning company, make sure that they’re licensed in your state. The fact that they’re licensed helps ensure quality work and guarantees that you’re protected as their customer. It’s important that the gutter cleaning company is licensed in the state because each state’s requirements for licensing differs. What this means is that in some cases any protections you have by hiring a licensed contractor will be forfeited if the work isn’t carried out in the state that issued the license.
Ask if Their Insured
It’s also important to make sure the company is insured, carrying both liability and workers’ comp insurance. Liability insurance protects the home (or business) owner and their property against any accidental damage that is caused by the technician who works on the gutters. Workers’ compensation insurance protects against any legal liability in the event that the person working on the property is injured. Don’t be afraid to ask to see proof of these documents.
Guarantees Their Work
Hire a gutter cleaning company that guarantees their work. This is a good sign of integrity on the company’s part and will provide protection against receiving subpar work. There is nothing worse than shelling out money only to be disappointed in the results.
How Long Have They Been in Business?
Hire a gutter cleaning company that has been in business for a significant amount of time (at least 2 years) and who guarantees their work. Some individuals decide they can make some quick cash by cleaning gutters. These people generally only last a season and then disappear. Only hire a company that is well established and that has a long list of return customers.
When it comes to hiring a gutter cleaning company, the best line of defense is doing your research, using the information provided here. You can also save money in the long run by keeping your gutters in good working order by scheduling regular maintenance. Having the gutters cleaned at least once or twice a year will help prevent costly damage to your home.