Should You Replace Your Roof Before Selling Your Home?

August 21, 2020

The first thing potential homebuyers see when they come to your house is the outside, a large part of which is your roof. And the roof is often an important aspect of houses that buyers consider when purchasing a new home. But does that mean you have to replace your roof before selling your house? Not necessarily.

Replacing vs Repairing

Your realtor may recommend getting some type of home inspection before listing your home. This gives you an idea of what types of repairs to make in order to improve your curb appeal and increase the value of your home. Keep in mind that every city and locality may have different rules about what inspections are required and which ones are optional when it comes to buying or selling homes.

When it comes to the roof, the quickest way to gauge its health is by getting a roof inspection. This will let you know what repairs need to be done or if your roof is on its last legs in life. Roofs that only need a few minor repairs are usually worth fixing to boost home value. Common repairs to prepare your home for the market include:

  • Replacing damaged or missing shingles
  • Replacing flashing
  • Cleaning moss and algae
  • Partial re-roofing

If your roof needs a replacement sooner than later because of damage or old age, it will be up to you to decide if the cost to fix your roof is worth it. Your realtor can help you figure out how much the state of your roof will affect your home’s resale value before and after replacement.

Signs You Need a Roof Replacement

Some easy ways to tell if your roof is in dire need of a replacement include:

  • Lots of missing or damaged shingles
  • Sagging roof
  • Leaks
  • Little or no granules on your roof
  • Damage from ice, hail, other extreme weather conditions

When you don’t fix the damage on a roof right away, the problem usually gets worse. This could affect your home’s resale value over time, depending on how long it stays on the market. Additionally, if you are selling the house you live in, having major damage can put you and your household in danger.

When to Consider Replacing Your Roof

Some home sellers choose to wait and see how their home fares on the market before choosing to perform any major repairs on their home. If your roof isn’t in the best shape and you decide to not replace it, be prepared for your roof to be a negotiating part of your home sale. Your realtor may recommend considering a roof replacement if:

  • You’re not getting many offers on your house
  • Buyers are requesting a roof replacement before closing
  • Not doing so is significantly reducing your offer price

According to Zillow’s Consuming Housing Trends Report in 2018, 18% of sellers reported replacing or repairing their roof before selling. Zillow’s report also showed that 22% of sellers who made improvements sold their home above list price. Of course, there are a lot of improvements that can be made in a house. But the roof is such a large part of the home and one that keeps its inhabitants safe. So if you’ve already made other improvements but think your roof is holding your sale back, it’s worth considering a roof replacement.

IBEX Roof always wants what’s best for our customers, which means we always do what’s best for your roof! We never replace a roof that doesn’t need to be replaced and always make the necessary repairs so that your roof lasts longer. While we can’t help you decide whether or not to replace your roof right before selling a house, we can definitely provide different options for fixing your roof so you can make the best decision for you and your household.

Give us a call today at 360-218-3194 to set up your free roof inspection!

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