Why shouldn’t you do your own gutters? There are four key considerations when you think about cleaning out your own gutters:
- I’m not afraid of heights. I’ve got a 24-foot ladder and safety gear. I know how to properly carry and set-up and take down that ladder and I know how to put on safety gear, tie off to that roof so I can get access to those gutters, or I’m comfortable working from a ladder and moving it down all around my house.
- I don’t have an issue with sticking my hand in cold, wet dirty, muddy water and cleaning up my own gutter. I’ve got heavy-duty gloves to protect my hands from the cuts and scrapes that I might get. I’m not afraid of snakes. I’ve got my bucket system, and I’m going to take care of the debris that comes out of there myself.
- I’ve got good insurance. If the worst happens, I’ve got a medical team on standby. If I fall, I’m covered. I’m going to have my spouse, my partner, and my neighbor watching, and they’ll have their cell phones in hand, ready to call an ambulance if need be.
- I’ve got time to kill. I’ve got two hours to devote to this project at a minimum, and I’ve got nothing better to do.
I’ve got the time. I’m not afraid of heights. I don’t have an issue sticking my hand in dirty, muddy water. I’ve got a good insurance program just in case. If all those things apply to you, go for it. We’d love to hear your stories!