How Does Your Roof Affect Your Home’s Curb Appeal?
This is definitely the season for selling homes. Although you can put your home on the market at any time of year, Spring and Summer are the “hot” times for attracting buyers, probably because kids will be out of school and it’s a good time to transition them into a new one.
In the Seattle, WA area, this is a great time to put your home on the market, because inventory is so low, there are more home buyers than there are homes to buy. Right now it is a seller’s market. Nevertheless, more homes are coming on the market, so there is more competition for sellers and it’s very important to consider your home’s curb appeal.
Curb appeal is probably one of the most important aspects of selling a home, remember…
You only get one chance for a good first impression, so you’d better make it good.
As I travel around the Puget Sound area, I see many homes, that if they were for sale, I wouldn’t be interested in looking at them, simply because they look bad from the outside. You have to wonder, if the house looks bad on the outside, it will more than likely look bad on the inside.
How to increase your curb appeal…
Most homeowners make sure they have a good paint job, that the front door is welcoming and the landscaping is well cared for. But just as important is the visual and the condition of the roof. Did you know that the appearance of a house’s roof accounts for about 40% of it’s curb appeal? That’s a pretty high percentage for only one part of the house…
So if your roof is fairly new, the first thing that should be considered is making sure your roof is clear of all debris, stains and growth. If your roof is dirty, it’s the first and possibly the last thing a potential buyer will see.
Does your roof need repair?
If there is one thing potential buyer’s probably aren’t interested in is a home that the first thing they notice about your home is that your roof needs repairs, it makes your house become a big “Project” in their eyes. Remember, unless the buyer is looking for a fixer upper, most prefer a move-in ready house.
Luckily, because it needs repairs, doesn’t mean it needs to be replaced. Some of the things you might look for and repair are:
- Broken or missing shingles
- Dirty, sagging or broken rain gutters
- Flashing that needs to be repaired or replaced
- There are more roofing leaks that occur around the flashing than there are in the field of the shingles.
Does your roof need to be replaced?
There’s no doubt about it, a new roof on a home that’s for sale is a major selling point! Not only does it look nice, but potential homeowners know that the home is protected and that they won’t have to deal with replacing the roof for many years. Talk about great curb appeal, and it will increase the value of your home!
But how do you know if you should replace your roof before listing it?
Your roof doesn’t need to be leaking in order to need to be replaced.
- Know the age of your roof. If your roof is 15 years or older, it’s probably a good idea to replace it.
- If you’re in doubt as to whether to repair or replace, look at the homes that are listed in your area, especially those that are selling as opposed to those that aren’t. What is the condition of the roof? That’s a really good gauge to go by.
- Most new home buyers want their new roof to be in good condition, so the best idea is to have a professional roof inspection done. Let someone do it that knows what they’re looking for. Then you’ll know if you need repairs or replacement, and there will be no surprises when the potential buyers bring in their own inspector.
MasterCraft Roofing Services is the Seattle Area’s Best Roofing Company.
During the Project: We employ OSHA standards for safety, we use the highest quality tools and materials because there is more to your roof than just shingles. Along with a quality roof, we intend to leave your property in better shape than when we found it. We police our nails and debris with military discipline.
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