Should I Replace My Roof Before Selling My Home?
We get asked this question from time to time. We can all agree that a roof is one of the most critical parts of a home. It protects your home as well as adding value. It’s for this reason that insurance companies will insist on having a homeowner replace an aging roof to maintain their insurance. When homebuyers are looking at homes, it’s one of the first things they’ll notice. No one wants to buy a home and then find out they must replace the roof within in a year or two.
Key Factors to Consider When Selling Your Home
Set Your Home Apart from the Competition – The housing market is very competitive these days. Anything you can do to set yourself apart from the other homes will only improve your chances to make a sale! Buyers will notice a new roof and it will certainly justify asking more for your home.
What is the Age of Your Roof? – As roofs age they will begin to show it. Shingles can fade, begin to curl, and loose granules. This is the first thing a potential homebuyer will notice from the curb. An older roof will turn off those buyers. Most roofs will last about 20 years. If yours is nearing that age it makes sense to replace it before going on the market. Not only will it improve curb appeal, but it will justify a higher asking price.
Get the Highest Asking Price Possible – While replacing your roof will cost you money, at the end of the day it’s a worthwhile investment. Any offers you might receive for your home without a new roof are likely to be much less than your asking price. The potential buyers will be factoring in that they will have to replace the roof themselves. Also, a new roof will probably mean your home sells much faster, allowing you to move on in your life.
Consider an Alternative to Roof Replacement – If your roof is showing signs of aging but still has a lot of useful life, consider a roof repair and cleaning. Having your roof cleaned to remove mildew, and stains and then replacing any damaged shingles and flashing will do wonders for its appearance. This also won’t break the bank. Whether you decide to replace or repair your roof, call or contact Brian Sikes Roofing and allow us to inspect and offer the best solution.