Don’t get ripped off: this is what gutter cleaning should cost you

Here’s what you can expect to pay to keep gutters and drainpipes in good repair.

There’s not much glamour involved in cleaning gutters, so it’s easy to bump it to the bottom of the to-do list. But while what’s going on inside the gutters might be out of sight, out of mind, it’s not a job we should neglect. However unappealing the task is, it’s an essential one.

So, how much is it likely to cost? We share the gutter cleaning costs you can expect to pay to keep them working as they should. 

blocked gutters with leaves being cleared of debrisCredit: Shutterstock / Radovan1

How much does gutter cleaning cost?

Costs can range from £50 to £475 

“As a ballpark figure, the average price for gutter cleaning will typically be between £50 to £425,” says Thomas Goodman from MyJobQuote. Although the range is broad, it’s like this for a reason.  

How much you pay for house-maintenance jobs, such as getting your gutters cleaned, will be based on a few variables. The length of guttering – how much there is to clean – will be an important one, as will the type of house you live in.

If you live in a semi-detached house, you can expect to pay around £120 (plus VAT) for 15m (49ft) of guttering to be cleaned, according to Checkatrade, whereas typical costs to clean gutters on a bungalow would be around £50 without scaffolding. “On a larger detached house with around 20m (66ft) of guttering, prices would range from £150 to £425. The higher price would include the cost for scaffolding,” explains Goodman. 

“The price to clean gutters depends on how complex the job is, but it can also vary depending on the type of contractor,” says Goodman. “A sole trader will likely charge less than a well-known company. Prices can also be affected by the contractor’s experience. For example, someone who is new to the trade will likely charge less than someone with many years of experience.” 


How is gutter cleaning charged?

You’ll usually be charged a job rate, rather than by the hour

Contractors will usually quote for the whole job rather than by the hour. The labour cost is part of the total bill for this type of work,” says Goodman. “There are no material costs for cleaning gutters, so it’s based purely on labour costs.”  

The contractor will assess your guttering first and base a quote on the work involved. This is where the size of your property and the length of guttering you have will impact how much you pay. Any additional work that needs doing before the guttering is cleaned will be identified, too. Prices may therefore increase if you need any guttering channels replaced or fixed because of leaks, for example. Plus, if access is an issue, the price for scaffolding will be included in the quote. 

As with any renovation or maintenance job, such as painting and decorating, get quotes from at least three reputable gutter cleaning companies locally. It’ll give you an idea of average costs on a like-for-like basis. Bear in mind most contractors will have a minimum charge to make the job worthwhile, which usually hovers around £40 to £50.  

Leave gutter cleaning to the professionals

While you can buy gutter cleaning tools to remove debris yourself, scaling ladders to clean gutters is an intense and strenuous job, especially if your home is more than one storey high.

Getting a contractor in who has all of the tools and the assistance to climb ladders safely is advised.

Factors that will affect gutter cleaning costs

How many storeys your home is, and its size, will affect how much you pay to have your gutters cleaned. A detached home with 20m (66ft) worth of guttering will take longer to clean than a singlestorey bungalow with 15m (49ft), so inevitably it’ll cost more to do. 

If your house is more than two storeys high, you have a conservatory, or the space available to place ladders is limited, then you may have to pay for scaffolding, which will add quite a bit to the cost. Not only will the price of the scaffolding be factored in, but the time it’ll take to erect it will also be accounted for. 

Where you are in the country will also have a bearing on how much you’ll pay. Prices in London and the South will be higher than contractor fees in the North. 

How long does it take to clean gutters?  

“A job can take anywhere between two and several hours, depending on the amount of guttering that needs cleaning,” explains Goodman. “A townhouse with 15m (49ft) worth of guttering could take five hours to clean. This timescale would include putting up the scaffolding as well as the job of cleaning the gutters. Compare that to two hours for a semi-detached home with 15m (49ft) of guttering and no scaffolding.” 

Why cleaning your gutters is important

Neglected gutters can cause lots of problems

Clogged gutters can cause problems if they’re not kept clean and clear of debris such as leaves and moss. If your gutters clog up, then water won’t be able to flow freely into the downpipe. You might not think this is much of a problem, but the water has got to go somewhere and if it is not flowing through the guttering it will find an alternative path.

Water ingress – when water from outside makes its ways into a building – can cause damp and mould on internal walls, as bricks can become porous and take in excess water. This is a problem that’s best to avoid. It’s far less hassle to get your gutters cleaned than pay for more labour-intensive and intrusive work to fix major problems. 

Mould can form on walls with leaking guttering

“I was deep-cleaning my bedroom last year and pulled out a chest of drawers to find dangerous black mould had formed on the wall behind,” says home editor in chief Amy Cutmore.

“The cause? Our guttering was blocked and water had started permeating the brickwork behind. We paid to have it cleared, painted the walls in mould-resistant paint, and it’s not come back.”

The fascias and soffits, which form part of your guttering, are also at risk of moisture damage if water isn’t being directed away from them. Fascias are the panels that guttering sits against, and the soffits are the underside of the fascias.

The fascia supports the overhanging roof tiles and the soffits box in the roof joists. If they are made from timber and become sodden with excess water, they could rot and decay. If there are slight gaps in how they are fixed together, then excess water, not channeled away by the guttering, can leak into the roof.

Repairing these problems will cost much more than getting your gutters cleaned.  

Keep on top of maintenance 

Having your gutters cleaned once a year helps to keep them in good working order. If you start noticing any leaks, sagging, or plants growing in the gutters, get it checked out as soon as you can. You’ll want to avoid prolonged damage to your gutters by nipping any issues in the bud before the costs to fix them ramp up. 

Michelle Guy

Written by Michelle Guy she/her


With an editorial career spanning more than 20 years, Michelle Guy has spent time working on educational magazines and websites as well as being a freelance copy editor for companies like BT, until her career pivoted, and she moved into and embraced the world of homes and interiors.  

Working on magazines and websites including Homebuilding & Renovating, Real Homes and Period Living, Michelle honed her skills writing about all things renovation, extension and self-build. From interviewing homeowners to writing buyer’s guides, from sharing advice about kitchen renovations and extensions to design ideas for bathrooms, Michelle has written about a whole range of home improvement projects for discerning home improvers and keen DIYers alike. 

Michelle, and her partner, renovated an Edwardian terrace from top to bottom, and learnt a lot about what not to do when renovating a period home. Moving to a newer build, having dealt with the delights a period property can throw up, and armed with her ever-growing knowledge, they have since completed another kitchen and bathroom renovation, as well as a myriad of other home reno projects, including installing new garages doors, an EV charger, air conditioning, external doors and decorating. 

Even when she has a bit of down time, Michelle’s love of renovation creeps in! She loves browsing sites like RightMove, clicking on houses for sale in need of renovation. She admits to bypassing the photos and immediately zooming in on the floorplans to see how the house could be rejigged – knocking down walls; extending out or up… the dream of buying a house to do up that she doesn’t live in is very much on her bucket list. Other than that, you’ll find her either on a tennis court, having recently taken up the sport, or nose-deep in a riveting read, cuppa in hand.