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Should I Replace my Roof Before Listing my House?

If you’re looking to sell your house, you’re probably not trying to put any more money into it. But is that always the right thing to do?

Even if you’re moving, it often makes smart financial sense to make certain upgrades around your house, especially structural ones. Roofs, for example, are a major factor among home buyers. And if your roof needs to be replaced, you may lose out on valuable offers.

Why It’s Important to Replace Your Roof Before Moving

Boost Your Home’s Value

Before selling your house, buyers will likely want to do an inspection to make sure the foundation, walls, and roof are structurally sound. If the report comes back that your roof needs to be replaced or undergo significant repairs, it’s very possible that your buyers will back out of the sale. They may also decide to come in at a lower offer because they’ll have to put money into the roof.

However, if you have your roof replaced before showing your home, you can assure buyers that they won’t have to worry about repairing it. This will likely lead to more offers, higher offers, and a shorter sale period.

Improve Curb Appeal

Your roof and the rest of your home’s exterior is the first thing potential buyers will see, so it’s important to make a good first impression. Even if you only have a few missing shingles, that can be enough to make homeowners question how well the home was maintained and may turn some people away.

Signs It’s Time for a Roof Repair

Missing shingles are an obvious problem, but some issues are more subtle and may not even be noticeable from the ground. If you’re looking to sell your home, have a professional check for:

  • Buckling shingles
  • Cracked shingles
  • Sagging roof (which could indicate underlying deck rot)
  • Sagging or damaged gutters
  • Leaks
  • Ice dams (in winter)
  • Recent wind or hail damage
  • Dents, particularly in metal roofs

Are you in need of a new roof? Honest Abe Roofing offers superior residential roofing services including maintenance, installation, and repairs. We want to protect your home with a reliable, high-quality, and affordable roofing system.