Selling your home can be stressful. There's packing to take care of, landscaping to maintain, and showings to arrange. While staging your home well can make it more appealing to buyers, nothing is more important than the condition of the roof. Before you can sell your home, it's vital that you understand how your roof impacts resale value and what you can do to better prepare your home for potential homebuyers.
Understand the Condition of Your Roof
If you've lived in the same house for many years, you may have started to turn a blind eye to the overall condition of your roof. Roof systems that are in poor shape or have not been maintained properly are at higher risk for leaks and weather-related damage. This can impact the selling price and may even deter buyers from purchasing your home. Before listing your house on the market, schedule an inspection with your roofing contractor. They'll let you know what the condition of your roof is, as well as provide an estimate for any minor repairs that may need to be taken care of while you're still living in the house.
Consider the Cost of Repairs
Minor repairs should always be managed quickly. However, larger repairs or full roof replacements may end up costing you more than you may want to budget for. If the roof needs replacement, your insurance company may cover the cost. However, if repairs are not urgent or if the roof still has a few years of life left in the materials, it's okay to leave the repairs for the future owner. Just make sure you communicate that information to the buyer and adjust your asking price accordingly.
Think About Upgrades
Upgrades like new gutters, flashing, and skylights can increase your home's resale value, making the investment worthwhile. If your roof is already in good shape and you're looking to maximize your return, consider adding a few upgrades before you list the house. This will help increase your resale value and improve the curb appeal of your home.
At Midwest Roofing, we want to help you keep your roof in good shape, whether you're planning to stay in your home or want to put it on the market. Contact us today to schedule a free inspection and estimate to see what you can do for your home’s roof!