Buying or Selling a Home? Consider the Roof

roofing photoWhen you are planning to buy or sell a home, you must consider the roof. What is its condition? Will it need repair sooner rather than later? Here’s what you need to think about when buying or selling a home, as it relates to the roof.

Selling a Home Roof Considerations

Home buyers love new roofs, because they add value to the home. If you are thinking of selling your home and your roof is near the end of its life, a new roof could help your home move a lot faster while increasing its sales price.

If your roof is in good condition and will last for another decade or more, consider a roof inspection to demonstrate its condition. Such third-party evidence of your roof’s structural soundness and value can help you attract strong offers.

In some cases, a new buyer may prefer to replace an old roof. Weigh the condition of your overall home. If you suspect buyers will gut and renovate, or tear down the home to construct luxury condos, you’re better off saving your money. Your real estate agent can offer advice on your best option as a home seller.

Buying a Home Roof Considerations

When you’re buying a home, you have a set budget whether you’re paying cash or obtaining mortgage financing. In either case, the last thing you need is an unanticipated major expense to send you into credit card debt. Never assume a roof is in excellent condition, even if it is free of mold, mildew, or moss.

Always ask to see a roof inspection report or have your home inspector assess the roof as part of a pre-sales home inspection. In some cases, you may be able to negotiate with the seller to make repairs or give you a credit on the price of the home.

If you are planning to buy or sell a home, get the roof assessed to gain a better understanding of its value and lifespan. Brandstetter’s KangaRoof offers a 17-point roof analysis and 100 percent satisfaction guaranteed on all roofing repairs or replacements. Learn more about roof inspection services from Brandstetter’s Kanga Roof or obtain a free estimate by completing our online form.