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How Important Are Good Gutters?

Are your property values affected if your gutters aren’t doing the best job?

Buyers expect that the gutters are in good nick. Gutters are expected to be able to easily catch and remove the rain water that falls on the roof. They are not listed as an asset in the real estate advertisements. “Four bedrooms (great), two and a half bathrooms (also great), large kitchen with a huge island (wonderful!!), working gutters (huh??)”.  Because gutters are supposed to work properly. Do we have to promote the fact that the lock on the front door works properly? Do we have to show that there’s a space for a refrigerator? Of course not, those things are expected. Same with gutters, buyers would expect that they work. Therefore they do not add to the value of your home.

There is a but

But if your gutters are broken down, obviously looking very ugly, that will have a negative effect on the value of your house. When gutters are good, they are barely noticeable. When they are ugly, they are very noticeable.

When the gutters don’t do what they’re supposed to do, which is to transport the rain water from the roof to the downpipe and subsequently to the drains, that can lead to costly problems, and your potential buyer will not want to buy into that situation. Water brings life, but in some circumstances it bring destruction. In the natural world, erosion caused by water is obvious. Water has power.

It can cause similar erosion, albeit on a much smaller scale, to your home’s foundations, which could result in subsidence and cracks forming in your foundations and or walls. That will result in expensive repairs.

Water that can not flow through blocked gutters will back up onto your roof or overflow, spilling down the walls. Water pooling on your roof will, in time, cause damage to your roof, rafters, ceilings and everything it can get close to. And water which spills over down the walls will pool on the ground and even get into your foundations.

Conclusion

We have to conclude that good gutters don’t have any effect on the value of your home, since everyone would expect that the gutters would do what they are supposed to do. They don’t get included in the “selling points”, such as “3 car garage”, “in-ground pool with sauna and spa”, etc. Gutters are important, but they sit there, surrounding your home, doing their job without fanfare.

But bad gutters … that’s a different story. Get your gutters checked. Actually the Building & Pest Inspector who has an important role to play in the purchase of a house, is likely to put a big red X on their report if they feel that the gutters are not up to scratch.  Before getting ready to go on the market, make sure your gutters get a pass mark by having a professional gutter cleaner get up there to clean out your gutters. It is not a great expense, but it may mean that there would be no further, and much greater, expense if the roof or foundations need to be repaired.