Does Having Good Gutters Increase Your Property Value?

You might be looking at the title of this article and thinking, ‘I know the answer to this without reading it. Of course, they’re going to say ‘Yes’’.

To which we say, ‘Stop trying to read our thoughts and predict what we are going to say.’

And also, we say, ‘Well … you are only half right.’

Which means that you are also half wrong. Because the answer is ‘no’ and ‘yes’.

The Case For ‘No’.

Gutters are deceptively simple things. Their one function in life is to be a go-between for the water on your roof to get off your property. That’s it. They’re a delivery system. You don’t look at it in the morning and go, ‘Wow. What a view that gutter provides.’ You don’t sit on them on a nice afternoon, relaxing, while you read a book in the cool afternoon breeze. You don’t cook at them. You don’t sleep on them.

Landscaping your backyard, renovating your kitchen and bedroom … those are things that can increase your property value. But having good guttering?

No. They don’t increase your property value because it is expected. Like your house having clean carpets is expected. Like your house having a front door that can be locked is expected. You don’t list ‘working gutters’ alongside ‘4 bedrooms, massive walk-in-wardrobe, swimming pool, and helicopter pad’ in your house listing.

Because having working gutters is expected.

The Case For ‘Yes’.

However … having broken gutters can quite clearly decrease the value of your property. When your gutters are working fine, looking clean and presentable, and basically doing what gutters are supposed to do, which is provide a clear path for the water from your roof to get off your property without damaging anything else, your gutters do not add any additional value to your property.

But having gutters that are broken, causing water stains on your walls, leaks on your roof, erosion problems at your home foundations, will clearly and obviously drive your property value down.

Gutters provide value when they are, for all intents, invisible. They’re there … but no one cares. They do their job, and that’s it. The only time gutters are noticed is when they negatively affect your property.

So What Does This Mean?

It means that you should always have your gutters in tip top shape. They don’t add value, but bad gutters decrease the value of your home.

A simple and cheap way of keeping your gutters in great shape is by having them professional gutter cleaned, like these professional gutter cleaners in Omaha, NE. Blocked gutters can cause all manners of problems for your gutters, your roof and your home foundations.

Blocked gutters don’t allow the water to pass, and water is very heavy, particularly as it soaks into the debris in your gutter. This can cause your gutter to sag and come apart from the roof. The blocked water can also spill over the edges of the gutters and soak into your roof (leading to roof rot and rust, and leaks that need to be repaired), or flow down your external walls (producing mold on your exteriors) and forming pools of water at your foundation. This can lead to erosion of the soil around your foundations, and that can lead to cracks in the foundation.

Calling a gutter cleaner is an easy way to ensure that your gutters don’t decrease the value of your property.

Costly Errors That Can Be Fixed With Proper Gutter Cleaning

People make mistakes about gutter cleaning which can lead to major problems which would be much more costly to fix compared to fixing the problem, either doing it yourself or getting someone to come and do it for you. You will find that there are always people who will do the jobs you don’t want to do yourself.

So, what are these errors / mistakes that homeowners make?

Waiting for gutters to be full before cleaning them

Some homeowners don’t think about whether the gutters are clean, until something happens to remind them about it, namely a storm or heavy rainfall which can’t drain away because of all the stuff blocking the gutters. Then the gutters overflow, and water has to find somewhere else to go. You will have a waterfall down the side of the house. You will have a lake forming in your roof area and ceiling. Roof and ceiling repairs due to water damage will not be easy to do, and will definitely be expensive. Your lovely landscaping will be badly affected by that falling water, and that water can also get into your foundations, perhaps eventually causing structural damage.

Checking gutters after heavy storms

Heavy rain and storms with their strong winds can do damage, and we can all see the after effects in our neighbourhoods. But most people don’t think about what damage can be done by storms to our gutters. It is important to check the gutters and roof after the storm has passed, to make sure there is no damage which would need to be fixed before the next rain episode comes along. A person who has experience in assessing this damage can give you their expert opinion.

Gutter guards

Yep, gutter guards can be a mistake. They might be useful in keeping large leaves out of your gutter, but there is no gutter guard that keeps everything out. There will still be all sorts of grit and dirt that can get through the grids. You won’t see this muck under the guard. And if they are not UV protected, they will disintegrate eventually and you won’t even know about it. Then the guards turn into matter similar to what they are supposed to be guarding against.

Thinking cheap

It is not nice to have to say this, but some cleaning companies think that they will get more customers if their prices are low. But to keep their prices low, they don’t use the best equipment or processes to do the job of cleaning up your gutters. Anyone could use a leaf blower and get all the leaves off the roof, but that doesn’t do a complete job. Sometimes companies give a basic quote for a basic job and then find other things they should be doing when they are in the middle of the job, and this has to be added to the final cost. Ensure that the company that you employ to clean your gutters and roof will give you an all-inclusive and itemised quote, like these gutter cleaners in Brisbane

To protect your biggest investment, your home, make sure that your regular maintenance includes your roof and gutters. Maybe they are not so easy to see, but it is extremely important that they are doing their job properly.