I’m Selling My Home: Should I Repair My Roof?

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If you’re getting ready to sell your home, you likely want to limit the number of big-ticket repairs before officially listing it. Regardless of ROI, it’s hard to improve a home you’re planning on leaving. But if you sell a home with an imperfect roof, it can have a real impact on the offers you receive. In fact, your asking price may feel like a distant dream after your home spends a few weeks on the market. The roof has a lot to do with the stability of the home, so see why it pays to be proactive. 

The Benefits of Roof Repair 

For the most part, the roof is a less noticed aspect of the showings. Although it has a significant impact on the curb appeal of a home, potential buyers may not recognize it as such. They may attribute great curb appeal to a great lawn or entrance. But, the truth is that a roof makes up to 40% of a home’s external appearance and has a strong impact on a potential buyer’s first impression.

A roof replacement has other benefits too. Newer roofs have energy efficient features that reduce heating and cooling costs – something smart buyers will often ask about. They also offer longer warranties, up to 50 years, while a builder will often place a 15-year roof on a new home to reduce building costs. It will also help you avoid roof issues during inspection that can stop a home sale dead in its tracks. And, the best benefit is the increased home value – homes with new roofs sell for $14,000 more according to Remodeling.hw.net
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The Dangers of Selling As-Is

Selling a home as-is can seem like a great option for sellers. While they still have to be upfront about necessary repairs when asked, there’s more leeway when it comes to the more dangerous conditions of the home. A buyer has to accept the home (and its faults) upon closing, leaving the seller free and clear from potential recrimination. 

But there’s a reason why there aren’t many as-is homes on the market. Real estate agents will largely advise their clients to stay away from these properties because they can easily turn out to be money pits. Flippers may be interested in your home, but they’re also going to try to get the property from a rock-bottom price that may not be enough to justify the sale. 

Step Into the Buyer's Shoes 

Whether you need a full roof replacement or just a couple of quick adjustments, it matters to a buyer. Homes that were loved and well-maintained over the course of ownership are always likely to sell more. It’s an almost imperceptible quality where buyers are inspired to value the home because the seller does. A stable roof gives you more negotiating power which can help you sell the home faster than you would have if you try to sell without making the repairs.

If you’re thinking about selling your home, it’s a good idea to find out about the condition of your roof before a home inspection for a pending sale. The roofing professionals from Assurance Residential would be happy to provide a free roof inspection, consultation and detailed report. Our approach is honest, fair and pressure-free. We will never push a roof replacement or repairs when they are unnecessary. We are a locally-owned business based in Lawrenceville, GA and serving the surrounding areas, including Braselton, Johns Creek and Buford. Call us today at 404-600-ROOF or fill out our form to schedule a free consultation and estimate.

Ryan Calder

Ryan Calder

Ryan Calder is the owner of Assurance Residential, based out of Lawrenceville, GA. He is a licensed general contractor with over 20 years in the construction industry.​

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Assurance Residential is a family-owned general contractor that has been in business for over a decade. We specialize in roof repair, roof replacements, metal roofs and gutter installations.

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