When people think of ways to improve the market value of their home, usually the first things they consider are the "sexy" projects, like kitchen remodels, jetted bathroom tubs and new decks.
But as it turns out, a clean, working set of gutters can have a big impact on the value of your home as well.
Undeniably, your home's "curb appeal" has a big effect how people perceive its value. You might have the most beautiful kitchen cabinets and fancy stainless steel appliances in your kitchen, but if the outside of your house looks unkept, a prospective buyer may never bother to look inside.
A clean, maintained gutter system adds a finished look to your home. This also shows prospective buyers that you take the time to maintain your property and do preventive maintenance. Even if you're not on the market right now to sell your home, you are contributing to the overall value of homes in your neighborhood by keeping your gutters and the rest of the exterior of your home maintained and in good repair.
Just as important is the effect gutters have on critical components of your home, like windows, exterior paint and the foundation. In a wet climate like ours, lack of a working gutter system can cause unnecessary wear on paint. Rain can also compromise the joints in your siding. And...