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What are your options, if the house has no gutters?

Should you negotiate the price or request that the seller adds them?
  • November 03 2010 - Staten Island
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I know of a lot of houses with zero gutters. Most are decades old if not over a century. They do fine without gutters. Then again, if it has a real short foundation or is on a slab that water splash could cause a lot of problems. It all depends on how the house is made if they are really needed or not.
  • November 09 2010
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As long as the water drains away from the house, and as long as it is not dripping off the roof into the walk to the porch or door, gutters are not that important and often not needed.

You could just add the gutters to the critical areas and let the rest of the rain water just run off the roof naturally.

If you have gutters, you will need to remember to clean them regularly, or when they fill with leaves you will have lots of problems.

What is more critical is storm drain lines to the street (or other appropriate place) underground if there are site drainage issues.  You may even need french drains or leach lines depending on the conditions.

Besides, if you are insisting on gutters being added, what are you really asking for?  The cheapest PVC available?  A "designer" PVC?  Painted Steel?  Galvanized steel?  Copper?

If you ask the seller for copper, I think they will say to go find a different house.

There is no code requirement for gutters, so if you didn't mention them in your original offer, there is no reason that the seller should negotiate anything about them.  If you "insist" on them, the seller can "insist" you pay an additional $20k.
  • November 09 2010
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Unless this lack of gutters is causing current issues with the foundation, I would not let this be a deal breaker. You could certainly ask for a credit should your inspection show that they are recommended, but as the others have stated, gutters are relatively inexpensive to purchase and install. 
  • November 09 2010
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The seller is likely expecting a potential buyer to bring up the issue and (hopefully) has looked into this on the front side.  Either way get them installed to maintain the home.  Best of luck!
  • November 03 2010
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  • November 03 2010
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I would negotiate the price so that you can choose who does the work. New gutters and downspouts are generally not that expensive to add. You can measure the footage for the gutter line and estimate the number of downspouts needed. Many companies can give you a ballpark bid that will help you structure a good offer to the seller.

Gutters are important and you should have them on the house, so you are wise to think about it.
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depends on the current price.  Gutters are really no big deal to add to the home.  Its not a big price item (roof, kitchen, baths, boiler, etc, or a flaw with the home, foundation, roof, etc.

Dont let it be a deal breaker.
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