If you have been thinking about selling your home, your real estate agent may have suggested that it's time to consider replacing your roof. You might wonder if it's really worth the investment, or if your roof really needs to be replaced. Before you dismiss this recommendation from your real estate agent, there are some things that you need to know. Here's a look at some of the things that you need to think about when it comes to roofing replacement and selling your home.
How Do You Know If Your Roof Should Be Replaced?
The first thing you need to think about is whether or not your roof actually needs to be replaced before you sell the house. This means taking some time to seriously consider the roof's age and condition. Is your roof nearing the end of it's expected lifespan? Think about when the roof was installed and ask a roofing contractor about the typical lifespan for your type of roof. If your home's roof is within a few years of its full life expectancy, you'll have a better chance at a sale if you replace it now.
Next, consider your roof's condition. Take a look at the roof itself to consider whether or not it may need replacement regardless of its age. If you have shingles that are cracked, broken, or missing, you'll want to talk with a roofing contractor about replacement or, at the very least, repair. Missing granules, discoloration, and other visible damage are also indications that your roof needs attention before you sell it.
Will You Get Any Return on Your Roofing Replacement Investment?
You may be hesitant to invest the money in the roof replacement because you worry that you won't get the money back in the house sale. The truth is that you aren't likely to get all of your money back when you sell the house. You'll certainly get more for the home with a new roof, but it typically isn't going to be enough to completely offset what you invested in the roof replacement.
What If You Don't Replace the Roof?
Knowing that you aren't likely to see the full return on the replacement, you might wonder what would happen if you just don't replace the roof. That's certainly an option, but not really the best one. If you don't replace a roof that has visible or clear damage, you're likely to encounter problems with the sale. Home inspectors will identify the roofing issue, which will lead to potential buyers either requiring the roof replacement as a contingency or backing out of the sale entirely. It could lead to fewer offers, lower offers, or no sale if your home clearly needs roofing work.
Reach out to a residential roofing contractor today for more information. He or she can help you determine how much work your roof needs to ensure a positive sale experience.