The Roof as it Relates to Buying or Selling a Home

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Roof of Salt Lake City Home

What do buyers and sellers have in mind before buying or selling a brand new house?

Let’s ask and learn from the experts… Kent Temple, the broker and owner of Keller Williams Realty, has some expert opinions about it. Temple says, “Buyers think every house should be a new house, and sellers say, ‘Why should I fix anything?’ At that point, it’s one more thing we have to negotiate, and not only does it get contentious, but we lose deals because of it.”

Are you planning to sell your house? If you are, have you inspected the house for damages that may need attention? Have you checked the condition of your roof? Does it have cracked caulks or flashing rust spots? Do you see shingles that are blistering, buckling or curling? Or are maybe even missing or broken? And how about the vent pipes, do you see cracked and worn out rubber boots around it? You may also look inside the house for signs of roof leakage. If you see  dark areas on the ceiling, peeling paint on the underside of roof overhangs and damp spots on the side of the fireplace, that could be a sign that you need to repair your roof before selling the house.

If you do not have the luxury of time to climb up on the roof to inspect it, you can hire a roofing inspector instead and get a good certification of the remaining years of life your roof has. Usually, certifications are for 2 to 5 years.  And if your roof needs repair, you would know the estimated cost.

The roof is usually one of the main concerns that a buyer has and if the buyer asks for an inspection of the roof in the negotiation process and finds that it needs to be replaced it could lead to lower offers and more frustration and possibly even a lost buyer.

Your roof is a major part in not only the livability but and also the curb appeal of your home.

So if you are planning on getting a new roof in preparation to sell your home be sure and visit with the roofer about the different types of shingles and find a fit that will add to the overall appearance of the home.   Most people don’t think about the fact that the look and feel of their roof can have a major effect on the overall feeling of the home.

Since most people these days look for houses for sale online and base their decision on whether or not to come look at a house on a picture, having a really good looking roof could be the reason a buyer chooses your home over another.

If you’re considering a new roof or a roof repair before selling give us a call.  A repair or even a new roof can be less expensive than you might think and can have a huge effect on the perceived value of your home.

References: http://www.bankrate.com/finance/real-estate/who-repairs-home-buyer-or-seller.aspx#ixzz3VEtXYyc6