If you’re planning to sell your house, it will have to be inspected before the deal is finalized. An inspection typically occurs after the seller accepts the buyer’s offer to purchase a house, but a seller may also request an inspection before putting a home on the market. That can allow the seller to identify and address any serious problems that could hold up a transaction or cause a potential deal to fall apart. 

No matter when an inspection occurs, roof damage may cause a prospective buyer to think twice about going ahead with a purchase. If your roof is damaged, depending on the circumstances, you may be able to make repairs, or it may be better to replace the roof. 

How Serious Is the Damage?

Roof damage may range from a few loose or missing shingles to sizable holes, asphalt shingles without most of their granules, and major leaks. A roofing professional can inspect your roof, let you know how serious any issues are, and tell you how much it will cost to address them. 

What Should You Do?

Most buyers want a house that they can move into right away without having to make major repairs or improvements. If the roof will need to be replaced soon, that may be an instant turnoff for most buyers. If you advertise a house with a new roof, on the other hand, that will likely appeal to one or more potential buyers. 

If you list your home with serious roof damage, you may find a buyer who wants to make major renovations and flip the house. In that case, you will be able to factor the cost of roof replacement into your asking price.

If the roof has relatively minor damage, it will be in your best interest to have repairs performed before you sell the house. That will help you attract a buyer and sell your home for at or near the asking price.

If you can’t afford to pay for roof repairs, or if you have to move quickly and don’t have time to fix the roof, you can factor the cost of repairs into the asking price. A buyer may request a discount that is greater than the actual cost of repairs to account for the inconvenience of buying a house that will need work right away.

Have Your Roof Inspected

Before you can figure out what to do, you need to understand your roof’s current condition. JS and R Roofing can conduct an inspection, let you know if your roof needs to be repaired or replaced, and give you an estimate. Contact us today to schedule a roof inspection.