Do you need to replace your roof before you sell?
The decision to put your house on the market can be daunting, to say the least. Especially when your house is in need of major TLC and you want it to look its best for showings. Even more, once you have someone on the hook, your house has to pass inspection. So, what should you do if you need a new roof?
Talk to a real estate agent
First things first, reach out to a trusted real estate agent who knows your specific market. He/she will be able to walk your house and create a list of improvements that will result in the biggest return on your investment. Talk to them specifically about your roof and tell them about your concerns. Jonathan and Associates are a great real estate team that truly understand the Charlotte market.
Get your roof inspected beforehand
Don’t cross your fingers and toes and hope the inspector won’t notice your roof problems; your roof is one of the first things they’ll look at. Schedule an appointment with a professional who can properly assess your situation. Perhaps your roof can even qualify for an insurance claim.
Invest now or later
So, if you get an inspection and you do, in fact, need to replace your roof, you’ll need to make the tough decision of whether you’ll want to front the costs and get it fixed before you put your house on the market. The pros to getting your roof replaced first are 1) it is a very desirable feature to buyers and you can market it heavily, 2) you have more negotiation power because you know your home is in tip-top shape and 3) you can list higher since your home is well maintained.
Your real estate expert can certainly help you weigh the pros and cons, but in the end, you’ll likely pay for the new roof whether it’s out of pocket or by settling on more concessions. Either way, equip yourself with the information and costs up front so you’ll know what to expect.
P.S. We do free roof inspections!
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