When getting ready to move your focus usually is on what is going on inside the house. Things like painting, cleaning, packing, and minor remodels usually take president but you also should think about the status of your roof. If there has been damage to the roof, or issues such a moss, or the roof is at the end of its life cycle then you may find it harder to sell your home. Having a bad roof can have negative impact on the home-selling process. This could include reduced curb appeal, affecting the houses history, or preventing a buyer from getting a loan. It is very important to have your roof inspected so you know if you need to consider replacing your roof before you sell your home.
Assessing the Damage
The first step is to access the damage. There are many factors that can lead to bad roof. This includes things like cosmetic (moss/ algae on the roof), missing shingles, recent damage (perhaps the reason for selling your home), or the signs that a roof is at the end of its useful life. Depending on the roofs condition, you may need to have to repaired or replaced before putting your home on the market. The best way to know the full extent of your roof’s condition is by calling BP Builders to perform an estimate.
Repairing or Replacing the Roof Before You Sell
Once the damage on your roof has been assessed then it is time to act. If moss or algae is found, but it hasn’t damaged the shingles yet, the installation of zinc strips can quickly eliminate the problem and prevent them from returning. If you have a few missing shingles or light damage then repairing is an option. However, these light damages might have bigger root causes. Now if your roof is past its guarantee date from your last roof replacement, then it is probably time to replace it. If you are unsure about the age of your roof, give BP Builders a call and we can come check it out.
Roof Replacement Cost VS. Return on Investment
Having your roof replaced can be very expensive, and could end up being an expense you pass off onto your buyer. If your roof is worn out and/or past the warranty then the people buying your house are not just buying your home, but also the expense of having the roof replaced. This will force the buyers to bargain with the listing price of the house. When you have your roof
replaced, then this new roof can become a highlight to the home. This roof replacement can also lead to replacing the gutters, or consider skylight options which would add to more highlights. Having your roof replaced will also make your home more durable and can add to the resale value which could help you sell it faster.
So don’t think of having your roof replaced as a negative or costly expense, instead, think of it as an investment that adds resale value to your home. This fix can appeal to potential buyers who do not want to think about having the roof replaced on their “new” home. Buyers will pay for convenience. They will also know that their “new” house is free from water damage, or leaks and be more at ease when purchasing.
Depending on your insurance provider then you may even get a huge return on your investment at little to no cost. Of course you will have to check with your insurance policy and make sure that roof damage was caused by weather events covered by your policy.
Selling your Home “As-is”
If you are still thinking about selling your home “as-is” you should consider two potential obstacles to the sale. The condition of
your roof will be documented in any home inspection, so it helpful to have paperwork about your roof available, like previous installation and warranty. Also if your roof is heavily damaged or in need of a replacement, this can potentially block a loan for your buyer. Roof repairs can be a condition for loan approval, and this will end up falling on the seller to fix before the loan will be approved.
If you are selling your home and need to determine the conditions of your roof, or need an estimate for repair or replacement, then we suggest reaching out to us at BP Builders. We have experience and a solid reputation to help you make the right decision and properly document your roof’s condition for your buyer.
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