For many Americans, selling your home is one of the largest financial transactions you’ll undertake in your lifetime. This leaves most people with a great deal of stress and frustration over the seemingly hundreds of decisions that can go into that process. One decision that many homeowners have to consider is whether they need to replace or repair any number of parts of their home before placing it for sale. One major item that may need attention is your roof. A new roof can represent a large financial investment, which may be troubling for some homeowners who are considering a home they aren’t going to be staying in. However, if you leave the roof in poor quality, this can be a major drag on the home’s value, and may scare away any number of possible buyers who don’t want to consider buying a home and then almost immediately be faced with a major expense.
This is a difficult question, and it should come as no surprise that there are no simple answers to it. Whether to replace your roof before selling is going to have to be guided by two factors, first the current state of your roof and second the current state of the housing market in your area. When it comes to determining the state of the housing market in your area, a good real estate agent can be of tremendous benefit. When it comes to determining the state of your roof, we have plenty to offer you.
A roof on your home should realistically last at least 20 years, barring any major damage from unexpected weather or other events. If your roof is approaching the end of that 20 year cycle, or has sustained some kind of major damage, it’s more likely that replacing the roof would give you some benefit when it comes to selling your home. Getting a full inspection of your roof could help you identify what kinds of risks are actually present in the roof to help identify what’s needed. It’s entirely possible that a full cleaning and repair of the roof are all that’s needed, patching necessary spots and ensuring the best possible condition of decking, shingles, and venting. This could be significantly cheaper than a full roof replacement, but still give you the benefit of assuring a possible buyer of the roof’s good condition. On the other hand, if the roof is approaching the end of its service life, or major damage has been done that necessitates a full replacement rather than repair, it’s worth remembering that you may have the option of purchasing a transferable warranty, such as our New Heights Elite Warranty which covers your home with a 50 year shingle manufacturers warranty as well as a 50-year workmanship warranty. This kind of assurance can significantly benefit your listing price and may attract homeowners looking for this kind of long term confidence.
The first step to answering these questions is setting up an inspection and quote for your roof. Contact us today, and we will get you started with the information you need to succeed as a home seller!