The housing market has a lot of quirks, so it’s important to make your home as appealing as possible to potential buyers. Your home’s curb appeal and its structural integrity are two main factors in attracting, and keeping, the interest of buyers; if the roof isn’t in the best condition, it can reduce both the curb appeal and the integrity of the home. However, repairing or replacing a roof can be an expensive venture, and it’s best to know if making those repairs will yield enough increased curb appeal and market value to offset the costs.
Finding Roofing Problems
The first step in deciding whether or not to repair your roof before you sell your home is getting an inspection from a qualified roofer. A professional roofer will be able to safely inspect your roof and is more likely to find any problems that require attention. After your roof has been inspected, the roofer should be able to give you an estimate of the costs and go over their recommendations for repairs. This initial inspection and resulting conversation with the roofer should allow you to make a more informed decision about whether the benefits outweigh the costs of roof repair or replacement.
Weighing Costs and Benefits
Replacing a roof can entail costs beyond what you might see in return when your home sells, whereas repairs are typically less costly and therefore easier to recoup in the final sale price. Unfortunately, it’s not always possible to match the shingles currently on your roof, making repairs somewhat unsightly and possibly decreasing the home’s curb appeal. Especially if a large area needs to be repaired, and matching shingles are unavailable, it might be better to replace the whole roof, or lower your asking price and leave the roof as is. A newly-installed roof will increase the market value of your home, but keep in mind that it may not increase it enough to cover the expense of replacing a roof.
Making the Decision about Replacing a Roof
A reliable roofer is essential for the process of deciding whether or not to repair or replace your roof before selling your home. Reputable roofers, like our team at Bill West Roofing, can help you make the decisions you need to make, based on knowledgeable, informed opinions from professionals in the roofing field. Contact us today for a free roofing consultation before you sell your home!