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 your home soon. 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 going to bring up any problems the inspector found in the negotiating process. And their game will be to use any issues against you when settling on a final price.

Roof Replacement Assessment

Most roofing companies like Absolute Roof Solutions 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 noticeable 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 house 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.

A brand new roof on your home will make it pop out and look well cared for and new.

Even if the roof is in good physical condition, you may want to consider cleaning the roof to get it looking beautiful again. A nearly-brand-new roof with a big algae stain ruins the whole appearance.

Absolute Roof Solutions can help

Absolute Roof Solutions can give you an evaluation. Then you will know what the buyers' inspector will likely say. 

For an evaluation of your home's roof, give us a call at (604) 263-0334 or fill out our online form.

2 Responses

  • 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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