It's a simple solution to a big problem, and most people my generation (millennials) don't know about it.
If you have a slab foundation, gutters can save you thousands and thousands of dollars on foundation repair.
In a place like Abilene, where we don't typically see as much rain as other parts of the state and nation, it's easy to forget about gutters.
In fact, many new home construction companies don't build houses with them installed. That's a mistake. And it can be a costly one.
A properly installed gutter system will keep water from pooling around the corners of your foundation, which can weaken them and lead to cracking and faster settling.
(It's important to note that the opposite can be true; in especially dry seasons, even if you don't have landscaping, it's a good idea to water the sides and corners of your slab foundation.) It's a balance- one that gutters and good landscaping help to keep stabilized over time.
So save yourself some money in the long run, make sure you have gutters, and that they properly deflect water from pooling around your home.