When you’re selling your house, it’s important to think about your roof. Should you replace it before you sell? Is your current roof acceptable? Use this guide to determine what you should do.
Those who are looking to sell their homes have lots they need to think about.
How does their home look on the inside? What maintenance do they need to do? Are they in a good area, and can they attract buyers?
These are all important questions, but one thing sellers often don’t think about is their roof.
Here’s why your roof is so important when you’re selling a home, and how you can improve it.
Your Roof And Your Home
Your roof is arguably one of the most important aspects of your home. It’s what’s keeping the elements out and the heat in your home.
A good roof is often forgotten, as its doing its job and protecting your home. You only notice your roof when things go wrong.
When something goes wrong though, you’ll know it.
Water will come in, heat will leak out. If you’re very unlucky, parts may even collapse in on themselves. If your roof is looking worse for wear, buyers will notice and it will affect how they view your property.
Your Roof Is Part Of Your Curb Appeal
As you’re selling, you’ll probably have heard the phrase ‘curb appeal’ before.
This refers to the look of your home from the outside, which potential buyers will take in before they even get to your front door.
It’s amazing how much the curb appeal of a property will affect how and when it’s sold.
If the buyer doesn’t like the look of the home before they come in, that’s going to affect what they think of the property.
There’s a lot of things you need to think about when improving your curb appeal.
Your driveway needs to be clean and free of weeds. The front door should be neat and secure. Your windows need to be clean. Any plants need to be tidy and well kept.
What homeowners often miss, though, is the roof.
Your roof can say a lot about your home before the buyers even set foot indoors.
A clean roof with all tiles intact will show that you take care of your home. If the roof is damaged or even sagging, it can make it look unloved.
The Importance Of Roof Maintenance (Selling Your Home Or Not)
Whether you’re selling your home or not, you need to be maintaining your roof. If someone agrees to buy your home, they’re going to be checking out the state of yours.
This can affect the price of your home, so taking care of your roof ensures you’ll get a fair price when you move.
Normally, checking on the state of your roof a couple of times a year is a good way to ensure that it’s still in good condition. The best place to start is from the outside.
You’re looking to see if the gutters are clogged at all, as this can cause water to overflow onto your roof, causing damp and mold problems. Also, ensure that any flashing is still in place, and that there are no roof tiles missing.
Then, head inside and climb into your attic. This can tell you a lot about the health of your roof. Can you see daylight through the roof up here? Are there any damp or mold spots on the timbers in here?
If you have spotted any of these problems, now is the time to address them before they get any worse.
Depending on your level of DIY expertise, you could make some repairs yourself. If the job is larger than you thought it would be, or you’re not sure about it, then call in a roofing company to see how they can help you.
How To Spruce Up Your Roof
Have you inspected your roof, and found that it needs some TLC? There are plenty of things you can do in order to make it look new and well cared for, reader for viewers to come.
Here are some maintenance jobs you can take care of yourself:
- Clean out the guttering: This is a simple job, but it’s often not done enough. Get up on a ladder and simply pull out anything clogging it with your hands. The clogs are often leaves that are blown into the gutters. You can stop it happening in the future by adding gutter guards, that stop debris landing in the gutter.
- Clean your shingles: Moss or algae on your tiles or shingles isn’t often a big problem, but cleaning it off can make it look better. A basic mix of bleach, detergent and hot water can clean it off nicely. Be careful when you’re doing so, as it is a slippery job.
- Replace missing tiles: If you have a couple of roof tiles that have gone missing, you can replace them yourself. If there’s a lot missing, or you’re unsure of how to do this, you can call in a contractor to help you.
- Trim overhanging branches: Tree branches near your roof can cause damage by dropping their leaves into the guttering. They can also fall in bad weather, damaging the roof further. It’s best to cut these branches back so they’re not hanging over the roof.
A Good Roof Means A Good Price
The state of your roof says a lot about your home, and how well it’s taken care of.
Any potential buyer who comes along will be looking to see how well you take care of yours. If you keep up inspecting your roof, and taking care of any problems that arise, your roof will be in good hands.
Look after your roof, and you can guarantee a good price on your home.
Not sure how? Call on a contractor to help you out.