Is Your Roof Keeping Your Home from Selling?

July 22, 2014

You’ve painted the shutters, pressure washed the siding, re-screened the windows, and cleaned up the lawn. After all of that hard work, why isn’t your home selling? The answer might have something to do with your roof. If your roof needs work, it can negatively impact your home’s curb appeal.

The roof is responsible for protecting the home’s interior from the elements, so buyers might see a worn roof as a sign of other potential problems. Even if your roof is not currently leaking, the presence of worn shingles, damaged flashing, or a lumpy appearance might create a negative first impression. If conditions look favorable for a leak, potential buyers might assume that additional damage is already present in the form of mold, mildew, and structural damage. If you want your property to have curb appeal, your roof needs to be intact and look attractive.

If your old roof is still fighting the good fight against the weather and invasive critters, you’re very lucky. However, your dated roof can still negatively impact your home’s curb appeal. If your roof firmly reflects the designs of a previous generation, that might not appeal to potential buyers. An outdated roof can create the impression that you’re selling an outdated house. Unless you’re selling an architectural treasure, you’ll want your house to look like it’s capable of supporting modern amenities. Additionally, advances in energy efficiency and roofing technology are attractive to many new buyers.

Buyers have every right to be worried about a roof that’s no longer under warranty. A home is a major investment, and an older roof is more likely to succumb to the elements, debris, and other troubles. A warranty won’t keep the roof from being damaged, but a warranty does provide some financial security if disaster does strike. There are also some circumstances that might allow a buyer to hold a seller responsible for damages that occur after the sale, so a warranty can offer peace of mind to both parties.

If you would like to know more about the current state of your roof and roofing options, contact us at Interstate Roofing. We can help you make key improvements to your home’s exterior. Don’t let a bad roof keep your good home from selling.