If you’ve been thinking about selling your home, there are some good reasons to get a roof checkup before selling your home. From passing the buyer’s home inspection to making your home more appealing, it pays to know the condition of your roof before you go to put in on the market.
The top-5 reasons to get a roof checkup before selling your home
Having an experienced roofer from KY-KO Roofing look at your roof prior to putting it on the market is a good idea for many reasons. Let’s run through just a few of them.
1. Know that your roof will likely pass the home inspection
The buyer’s home inspection is where many things can unravel for the seller. Unless you’re selling through short sale, the buyer will probably make use of their right to hire an inspector to take a look at the home’s condition and report any problems. That includes the roof.
If your roof has problems, the buyer can use that as leverage against you in negotiations. The buyer may ask that you fix the problems, or compensate them through the asking price for the problems. This isn’t the worst thing in the world, but it’s a surprise cost to you.
However, if the problems are significant, the buyer will probably back out of the offer. That’s a lot of lost time and frustration for you as a seller.
2. Have an upper hand during negotiations
Of course, the opposite is true when you have KY-KO perform a roof checkup before selling your home. You suddenly know the condition of your roof, and can be proactive in either dealing with it or folding it into the deal of the sale.
For example, if you know your roof needs some minor repairs, you can have KY-KO perform those repairs and then be able to put your home on the market advertised with a “fully inspected roof”. The cost of those repairs will probably be well worth what you get back with better buyers and a higher asking price.
If you know your roof needs substantial repairs, you can adjust your asking price accordingly. You can choose to sell your home at a lower asking price “as-is”. Alternatively, you can have KY-KO replace the roof (at your cost), but be able to sell the home at a higher price advertised with “a new roof.”
We’re not realtors, but we do know this: getting a roof checkup before selling your home gives you options. In this case, knowledge is power.
3. Sell your home quickly and without problems
If the roof is in good condition, you will be able to sell the property quickly. Roofs that are not maintained repulse potential buyers. No one likes the sight of a damaged or broken roof tile, or the idea that they might be buying a home with a roof in poor condition.
Since a buyer might back out of a deal that involves a roof with problems, it’s in your interest to get a roof inspection and potentially roofing repair if you want to sell your home quickly and without roadblocks. It’s them most efficient way to do things.
4. Sell for more in this hot market
This is a hot real estate market, and many experts consider Phoenix a seller’s market at the moment. This means that any competitive advantages you have against other homes of your size and area can result in more return on your investment.
One competitive advantage is to be able to mention in your online advertising that you have an inspected and cleared roof. That’s a big part of your “digital” curb appeal. Speaking of which…
5. Improve the digital “curb appeal” of the property
Today, sites like Zillow play an outsized role in home sales and home buying. At a click (or touch of the smartphone), potential buyers can pull up a wealth of information about your property and compare it side-by-side with others. You need every advantage you can get when it comes to your digital curb appeal—how your home looks online.
A roof checkup before selling can be the difference between a buyer putting in an offer on your place or holding back.