There is a lot of prep work that goes into selling a home. Not only does the house have to look appealing for a future buyer, but it also has to pass a home inspection. If your roof is leaky, damaged, or simply too old to be trusted, your future buyers will likely run the other direction. Does that mean you should buy a new roof before selling your home? Yes and no. Consider the options below before making your final decision.
Don’t let someone else’s inspector tell you what is wrong with your home. Hire a professional roof inspector to look over your roof for any possible damages. If he sees any concerns at all, ask how severe they are and how quickly they will need to be replaced. Get this all in writing so you can relay it to the future buyer. Simply taking the time to get a roof inspection will show future buyers you care about your home.
First find out if they can be fixed. Roof repair is much less expensive than full roof replacement. See what the cost of the repairs is going to be so you can decide if you want to cover them or not. Doing so will give future buyers less to worry about, but if you don’t have the money or don’t want to spend your money that way, you can drop the price of your home a bit to reflect the damage.
If you need a new roof entirely, you can again determine whether you want to absorb the cost of the roof or pass it along to someone else. Just make sure that you keep all of the documents for the roof replacement on hand so you can show them to future buyers before their inspection.
If your roof is 20-30 years old, you may want to get it replaced because of the apprehension buyers will feel about it. You could also do this to change up your curb appeal and get more people in the door. This is far from a cheap way to improve your home, but you will get most or all your money back when you go to sell the house. You just have to decide if this is the right move for you.