Pat Kennedy - Your Washington, DC Real Estate Connection


Those Autumn Leaves: Time to Call Gutter Guy!

When I look out into my back yard, there are several different shades of brightly colored leaves, and they are just beautiful to look at.  But any day now, they are going to fly off the trees and into my gutters!

That means it's time to call the gutter guy.  Actually, this year I'm thinking about installing the gutters that have caps on them that allow the water to flow in, but keep leaves out.  There are several different types that I'm checking out, and while I'm sure they'll cost more than standard gutters, I'll save money over the years because they'll need cleaning less often. 

A few years ago, I ignored my gutters in the fall, and during a heavy downpour, I almost paid the price when water poured into the stairwell by my back door and almost swamped the drain by the back door.


Washington is famous for it's wonderful tree canopy, and our tree-lined streets are one thing that makes the city a beautiful place to live.  At the same time, it's important to take care of cleaning your gutters at least once a year in the fall.  And if you are not among the young and the agile when it comes to ladders, you can become a local job creator!  Hire someone to do it properly!


 If you are planning a move to or from the Washington, DC area, I can help!  I am licensed in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.  Email me at, or call 202-549-5167



Comment balloon 12 commentsPatricia Kennedy • November 16 2012 05:35PM


Dear Patricia -
Yes, we learn about leaf removal by good luck or by bad experiences, don't we? Atlanta had some color this year - not up to DC or New England standards but spectacular for here!
Have a happy day -

Posted by Lynn B. Friedman, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers (Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ...) almost 8 years ago

We only have a gutter across the front of the garage but we do collect a lot of pine straw on the roof which has to be removed so that we don't get nastygrams from the HOA.  We had a couple of trees removed last week and the tree guys were nice enough to get the pine stuff off for us and we didn't even have to ask!!

Posted by Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker, Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you! (Janisch & Co.) almost 8 years ago

cleaning those darn gutters is a pain in the ...and i think those gutters with the caps is a great where is that gutter guy at!

Posted by John & Irma Nelson, San Antonio Real Estate Agents - San Antonio Homes (San Antonio Real Estate Broker/Agent with Get It Sold Realty) almost 8 years ago

That is a great lesson learned.  I am sure you won't forget about the gutters again.

Posted by Kathy Sheehan, Senior Loan Officer (Bay Equity, LLC 770-634-4021) almost 8 years ago

One of the advantages of living on a large piece of property with no big trees close to the house. I can tell you I don't miss that job at all.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) almost 8 years ago


I have owned homes on wooded lot they were a great place to live but in the fall there leaves up to your eyes.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) almost 8 years ago

Your trees are lovely... we mainly just have to make sure the palm trees are trimmed once a year.  Not many leaves to deal with!  Have a great weekend!  Kathy

Posted by Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886 (California Lifestyle Realty) almost 8 years ago


Yeah you can definitely have a bad experience with crap-filled gutters, especially in the winter. Less of an issue here, both leaves and winter. LOL


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) almost 8 years ago

Hi Pat, we are having our gutters cleaned this morning. Better safe than sorry! Have a wonderful weekend.

Posted by Jackie Connelly-Fornuff, "Moving at The Speed of YOU!" (Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY) almost 8 years ago

Good Morning Pat, i could have won a million dollars for sure if anyone had taken video of me cleaning my own gutters. I agree to call a professional. It is not as easy as one would think to go up so high, get so dirty and be so high off the ground.  Have a great Saturday

Posted by Scott Godzyk, One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services) almost 8 years ago

Great reminder, Pat! Homeowners need reminders from time to time on some of the basic things that need to be addressed at this time of year.

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) almost 8 years ago

Get some good gutter covers, or better yet the one-piece assembly gutters, like K-Guard, and you will not deal with that problem again!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago