Do I need to replace my roof before selling? Your roof is one of the most important elements of your home. It serves to protect you and your family. It’s also one of the first things people notice when they see your house. When deciding to sell your house, the condition of your roof will be one of the biggest considerations for buyers during the sales process. Read on to learn more.
Do I need to Replace My Roof Before Selling?
Whether or not you need to replace your roof before selling depends on a number of different factors. You should ask yourself the following questions.
- How quickly do I need to sell?
- How willing am I to get less than asking?
- How competitive is my market?
- How old is my roof?
First Step: Get a Roof Inspection
Before you decide to replace your roof, the first thing you should do is get a roof inspection. A roof inspection from McFall Residential Roofing will help you determine if a new roof is exactly what you need. An inspection from a licensed and insured roofing contractor will provide insight on the health of your roof. You may only need a repair, but there could underlying issues that could negatively affect the sale of your home. It’s better to have a professional opinion before making your decision.
Not only will a roof inspection help you decide whether or not replacement is your best option, it eliminates any surprises. Buyers will have to have an inspection on your house before any final purchase is made. You don’t want to be caught off guard by the inspection results! It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to knowing the status of your roof.
Consider the Factors
Once you’ve done a roofing inspection, you should consider other factors regarding your situation to help determine the best plan.
How Quickly You Need to Sell
If you need to sell your home quickly, a new roof can make your home more desirable and therefore sell more quickly. Buyers will see a new roof as one less thing they have to worry about after purchasing a home.
A new roof also improves curb appeal while decreasing fears of future leaks or other roofing disasters caused by the unpredictable Florida weather during the sales process
How Willing You Are To Get Less than Asking
Installing a new roof is an investment and if you aren’t willing to make it before listing your home, your future buyer will need to make it soon after. This will cause them to offer lower than your asking price due to anticipating the cost. If you are set on a price, it might be wise to install a new roof instead of taking a lower offer in the future.
How Competitive Your Market Is
If your area is seeing a huge increase in homes for sale, then a new roof will make your home stand out from the crowded market. A new roof is another bonus a potential buyer would make note of when looking for a home.
How Old Your Roof Is
If your roof is at the end of its useful life (15-20 years for a roof with shingles), then it’s time to replace your roof. You don’t know how long your home will be on the market and it’s smart to ensure that your home is protected until it’s sold. If your roof is past its lifetime, then potential buyers will have increased fear of leaks and problems with your home.
Repair Might Be the Answer
Replacing your roof is not the only solution when deciding to sell your home. Repairing your roof could be right for you. In Gainesville, FL, we are no strangers to the wear and tear your roof experiences from wind, rain, hurricanes, or sunlight damage.
If there are missing shingles or visible damage on one part of your roof, then you might just need to repair a section of your roof. A roof inspection will determine if a minor repair is all that is needed to improve your roof’s function and appearance.
Roof Installation and Repair with McFall Residential Roofing
Whether you need to replace or repair your roof before it hits the market, McFall Residential Roofing is here to help. Selling your home is a stressful process, but we’re here to make it easier. From inspection to installation or repairs, McFall Roofing can take care of all your roofing needs before you sell your home and help eliminate any surprises during the sales process. Contact us today to schedule a roofing inspection today!