Spring has arrived (despite a few days of winter weather last week!) and the “For Sale” signs are creeping up in every neighborhood. If you are putting your house on the market, there are a few housekeeping rules to follow before you think about closing costs and renting that moving van. If the roof is currently in a poor, leaky state, you should seriously consider replacing it in order to add value to your home. By replacing a well-worn roof, you are saying to potential buyers that your home is well cared for.
Benefits of a new roof for the seller
The benefits of a new roof truly work in your favor. After the roof is installed, your home will look more attractive to buyers and could result in less time on the market. According to the Western Pacific Roofing blog, a new roof in a different color or type can make your home: stand out, create a great first impression, and prove to the potential buyer that they will not have to replace the roof shortly after moving in. A new roof can also be an indication to buyers that the house is in good shape overall and is safe to live in.
The opposite can be said for an old, neglected roof. A leaky roof is the perfect environment for mold and mildew, which can lead to serious health and safety issues. Holes in the roof invite birds and rodents. Moreover, a poorly maintained roof is going to give potential buyers little confidence that the rest of the house is in better condition.
Benefits of a new roof for the buyer
A new roof is a major selling point because it saves potential home buyers’ money. Reflective roofing materials that are energy efficient result in cooler homes in warm climates with lower electric bills—meaning huge savings year over year. Other types of roofing help keep in the heat when it’s cold outside, lowering the heating or gas bills. Energy-efficient roofs can also benefit the homeowner in tax deductions. Look beyond the surface and decide on the determining factors of replacing the roof of your home. Talk to your real-estate agent about the benefits of the roof type you’ve installed, and make sure she markets those benefits to a potential buyers.
Adding a new roof will also add dramatic curb appeal to your house. According to a roofer in Virginia, a new roof is a quick way for homeowners to create curb appeal transformations and greatly improves the attractiveness of your home. Your home will look cleaner and newer to any potential buyer, and that’s an important selling point.
Quality Roofing as a Smart Investment
The money you put into maintaining your home is an investment into one of your most valuable assets. It’s a financial stake that makes it worthwhile to spend money on improvements, especially when you’re ready to put that “For Sale” sign in the front yard. Westside Roofing Co. says the value of a new roof varies widely, but can add between 15-40% value to your home. In other words, a $100,000 home can become $140,000 with an updated, modern roof. This varies due to the condition of the old roof, dramatic upgrades, and style of the new roof.
If you are in the market to sell your home, you can add value to your home and turn a profit by installing a metal roof yourself this spring. We will replace your old, leaky roof with a new, upgraded, and energy efficient roof, guaranteed to attract potential buyers!