Selling Your House? Here’s How Your Roof Can Help

A new roof can provide curb appeal and give potential buyers something to talk about in their offers.

If you've ever thought about selling your home, you might have wondered how much value a new roof can add. When prospective buyers look at your house, the roof is often the first thing they notice and they may choose one house over another based on the condition of the roof. Our new roof calculator provides a general estimate so you can make an informed decision before you sell your home. If your roof has damaged shingles, leaks, or significant wear and tear, consider getting repairs or a full replacement before listing your property for sale. A leaky or damaged roof will make a home buyer think twice before buying your home because it shows that there are bigger problems lurking behind drywall that need attention. 

How Does Your Roof Impact a House Sale?

Roofs typically last about 15-20 years. The exact life expectancy of a roof depends on many factors, including the quality of materials used and how well it is maintained. If your roof was installed correctly and has been maintained, it may last longer than 20 years. However, if you don't regularly inspect your roof or get it repaired when necessary, then you may have to replace your entire roof before that time comes.

If your roof has damaged shingles, leaks, or other issues, consider getting repairs or a full replacement. When selling your home, it's important to have a roof that is in good condition and is not going to require costly repairs in the near future. If your roof still has several years of life left, making the proper repairs may be the way to go. However, it may be time for a full replacement if your roof is getting older and needs more than just minor repairs.

A leaking or damaged roof is not only bad for your home's appearance, but it can also cause serious damage to the interior of your house. The most common way this happens is when rainwater makes its way into your attic through holes in the roof decking and insulation, damaging framing, or other structural components of your home.

A leaking roof can also lead to mold growth in areas where there is a lot of moisture buildup, such as on basement walls or near bathroom fixtures like toilets and sinks. Mold can cause health problems - especially for young children and senior citizens who are more susceptible to its effects - so it's important that you find out if you have mold issues before selling your house.

Curb Appeal

When prospective buyers view your house, the roof is often the first thing they notice. If it's in good shape and looks well-maintained, it could be just what you need to secure a sale.

One of the most important factors when putting your home on the market is curb appeal. When you repair shingles or fully replace roof materials, it indicates to potential buyers how well maintained and cared for the rest of your house is likely to be.

Even though it doesn't add square footage or rooms to your home, a new roof can make a house look more attractive and modern. A lot of people associate older houses with musty smells, mold, and mildew. These things are not only unpleasant but also unhealthy for everyone. A new roof will give your home a fresh start as well as make it energy efficient by cutting down on cooling costs during summer months and improving ventilation during winter months. These upgrades can considerably increase the attractiveness of your home to potential buyers. 

The color of your roof and materials you use make a big difference to buyers. According to the National Association of Realtors, more than 90% of home buyers are influenced by the roof color when making their decision. Investing in a high-quality roof with modern colors can help you sell your home more easily. Materials also have an impact on curb appeal, so you’ll want to decide whether shingles, metal, or something completely different, such as solar panels, is the direction you want to take.

Your roof can be the make-or-break factor for your home sale, so it's worth being thorough with inspections and updates before listing your property on the market. If there is minor damage or wear and tear, make sure to get those repairs done before listing!

When you're ready to sell your home, don't forget about the roof. Enterprise Roofing is ready with free estimates to help you get your home market ready. Call 937-240-2206 or request a quote online. 

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