Gutters are one of the most noticeable parts of a home’s exterior. A gutter system should be functional yet aesthetically pleasing to the eye. If you are in the process of selling your home or looking for home improvement projects that add value, you might wonder if gutters can improve the resale value of your home.
Protecting the Home’s Exterior
The structural integrity of a house can be easily compromised by water damage. When gutters work properly they prevent:
- Cracks in the foundation
- The foundation from shifting due to soil erosion
- Damaged siding
- Wood rot that affects structural beams and supports
It’s not something that you or a home buyer can readily see, but a quality gutter system protects a home’s exterior from the elements. It’s even better if you can transfer the warranty to the home buyer at the time of the sale of your home.
Seamless Aluminum Gutters
When you do have to replace the gutter system, consider installing seamless aluminum gutters. Most real estate professionals agree that seamless gutters look tidier and more inviting, adding value to your home. They also have fewer seams, meaning less maintenance, which can be an added selling point when you’re ready to move.
Make Curb Appeal work for You
As mentioned above, seamless aluminum gutters boost a home’s curb appeal by creating a sleek, uninterrupted roofline. But there are other ways gutters and curb appeal can improve the resale value of your home.
Keep the gutters well-maintained. Sagging gutters, missing gutter sections, and stains caused by overflowing gutters or leaks can send the wrong message.
You can increase the aesthetics of your home’s exterior by matching the gutters to other exterior finishing elements. When you purchase new gutters ensure that they match or complement the color of the entrance door, the window trim, or the roof. Select the right gutter size – you want them to efficiently handle the amount of regional rainfall while not sticking out. If the gutters don’t need to be replaced but don’t really blend in with the other elements of your home, consider repainting the trim or replacing the entry door in a complementary colour.
Gutters and Home Buyer Appeal
Gutters that have home buyer appeal will improve the resale value of your home. When buying a new gutter system select one that is:
- Easy to maintain
- Installed properly by a reputable gutter contractor to ensure maximum lifespan