Should I Replace My Roof Before I Sell My Home?

Woman thinking " Should I Replace My Roof Before I Sell My Home "This is one question that comes up a lot. Your roof is getting on in years but you are planning to sell in the near future. Is it better to let the next guy deal with it or should you take care of it yourself?

Well there are a few things to consider. For one thing you should know that any sensible home buyer is going to have a home inspection done before buying. And any home inspector worth a darn is going to take a good hard look at that roof. He is working for the potential buyer and he is going to make sure he finds every possible problem. That’s his job.

Then the buyer is definitely going to bring up any problems the inspector found in the negotiating process. And their game will be to use any problems against you when settling on a final price.

Roof Replacement Assessment

Most roofing companies will offer an evaluation of the condition of your current roof.

If you choose a reputable company, they will give you an honest appraisal and you will have some idea of what a home inspector will say.

If there are just a few minor details needing repair, rather than a general problem with the age of the roof, then the roofing contractor can take care of those before the buyer does his inspection. This will save you money and trouble in the long run.

Controlling the Cost of a Re-roof

If the roof does need to be replaced you can control the cost by doing it before you sell by choosing the right type of roofing material and the right contractor. If you leave it up to the new buyer then they will want to take as big a bite out of the asking price as they can, leaving you with little control of the final hit to your bottom line.

Curb Appeal

The other major consideration when deciding whether or not to replace the roof is the legendary “Curb Appeal!”

The roof is often the most visible feature of a house from the street. If not the most then it is certainly in the top two or three. Nothing will make a home appear old and unappealing faster than a cracked, dirty, broken, flaky roof. Old roofs look dingy and give the home the appearance of being run-down. And these are not things you want the potential buyer to think when they get out of the car and see your home for the first time.

Have a look at these before and after photos here and you can see how dramatic the difference is. Having a brand new roof on your home will really make it pop out and look new and well cared for.

Even if the roof is in good physical condition you may want to consider cleaning the roof to get it looking nice again. I have seen nearly-brand-new roofs with one big algae stain that ruins the whole appearance.

Find a roofing company you trust and get them to come out and give you an evaluation. Then you will know what the buyers’ inspector will likely say. Also, just take a look at it yourself. Does it detract from your home or not. On the west side of Vancouver where homes sell for 2 million plus, I think they should at least look good from the street.
vancouver-rooferAs a renovator Doug did many rot repairs which gave him a good understanding of where and why buildings leak, and how to prevent it. He realized the need for a different approach to roofing; one that educated the customer enough to make good decisions. With better trained installers and a quality inspection process Absolute Roof Solutions was born…” Read more.

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  • If you sell a house with a damaged roof, then it is highly unlikely that you will get the right price for it. It is better to repair the roof and then sell it as you will end up making a profit.

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