Should You Have the Roof Checked Before Putting Your House on the Market?

“Yes!” is the short answer to today’s question. What’s up? There is a busy housing market out there, and any homeowner who wants to sell their home has to meet high standards. In 2019, 5.34 million homes were sold in the United States, and sales are expected to go up again by the end of this year and into 2021.

Everyone who owns a home wants it to look its best so that it will stand out to potential buyers. Even though you may not look at your roof very often, you can be sure that potential buyers will give it their full attention. Let’s look at why a roof’s condition is one of, if not the most important thing buyers think about before making an offer.

It’s important to note that a roof inspection doesn’t always mean that you need a new roof. Many homeowners may not want to do this check-up because they think it will cost them more money. A thorough look at your roof could both save you money and make you money. It makes it more likely that problems with the roof will be found before they get worse and cost more, and it makes sure that the house will be safer and more attractive when it comes time to sell.

How Is A Roof Inspection Done?

The traditional way is the first: A qualified roofing team gets access to the roof so they can look for problems there. They are very careful not to make problems worse or make new ones. Roofers will look at every part of your roof carefully. They will check the condition of the shingles and slates and look for signs of cracks, breaks, or water damage.

A good roofer will look for things like broken flashing, clogged gutters, loose seams, and rust. They may also need to look inside the house at the loft or attic to check for leaks, mildew, or mold, as well as to see how the insulation and ventilation are doing right now. Modern roof inspections have more features that add to what a person can do with their hands and eyes.

Due to the benefits they offer, drone inspections are becoming more common today. Drones don’t care about dangerous conditions, and they can get to places quickly and safely where a roofing crew or the roof itself could be in danger. Digital inspections can also be done in infrared, which shows any spots on a roof that may lose or gain heat.

The best roofers use both old-fashioned methods and new technologies to give estimates. Together, a person and a machine can give you the most accurate picture of how your roof is doing right now. Such detailed information also helps the roofer make accurate predictions about how your roof will look in the near and far future.

When is the Best Time to Have Your Roof Checked?

When you’re sure you want to sell your home is a good time. A seller wants to be sure that the house will sell, and a buyer wants to be sure that making an offer on the house is the right thing to do. Homeowners can do this by making sure the roof is in the best shape possible before putting their house on the market.

Aside from this, there are several other things that affect when roof inspections should be done. First, look for any signs of damage or decay on the inside or outside. Some of these are easy to spot, like missing shingles, loose gutters, discoloration, or holes that can be seen from the ground. Other signs include mold, mildew, or leaks in the attic.

The time of year is also important. The best times to check on your roof are in the fall and spring. These times of year give homeowners a chance to look at any roof damage that may have been caused by the summer’s high heat and humidity and fix it before winter does its worst (and vice versa for the spring inspection).

From a roofer’s point of view, spring or fall are good times to install shingles because the weather is not too hot or too cold. It’s best to work with shingles when it’s not too cold or too hot because both can make it hard to work with.

Spring and fall are also good times to check on a house in case it needs major repairs. The bigger the job, the longer it will take, so starting in a season when it’s not too hot or too cold gives the roofing crew time to finish before the weather gets too extreme.

Aside from working conditions, summer and winter are the most popular times for people to buy homes. When you schedule a roof inspection in the spring or fall, you are taking more steps to improve the chances of selling your home and getting the highest price you can.

How Much Does It Cost to Check a Roof?

Roof inspections cost money, but they can save you a lot of cash in the long run. Depending on the contractor you hire, this number could go up to $700 at the most. The average price range is between $250 and $400.

The price depends on things like the size of the roof, the materials used to cover it, and how thorough the inspection is. You may also need to check the inside of the house, such as the attic, for signs of roof problems that may have made their way inside.

The cost of an inspection is an investment in your peace of mind because it gives you one of three things you can be sure of:

  1. Things will look good.
  2. Some small repairs will need to be done.
  3. For the roof to be saved or even to be replaced, it may need more advanced work.

Even if your roof inspection shows that it needs to be completely replaced, you should think about it from the point of view of your return on investment.

It can be hard to come up with the money to pay for a new roof at first, but it can raise the property’s value by a lot. A 2019 report called “Cost vs. Value” showed that some roof replacements can increase the resale value by up to 68 percent of the cost of the replacement. The National Association of the Remodeling Industry says that a home’s appraisal value, which is an objective, third-party estimate of its market value, can recover up to 107 percent of its value (page 45).

The same research shows that a new roof is a project most likely to make a home more appealing to buyers and raise its value when it comes time to sell (page 33). A new roof can boost a home’s curb appeal by up to 40% and give potential buyers more confidence.

Compare this to a house that doesn’t fix its roof when it needs to. That’s a house that will take longer to sell, get fewer offers, and sell for less money if it even finds a buyer. In short, the homeowner loses money because they didn’t spend it.

Wayne NJ Roofing Has the Experts You Need

Our customers in Montville, Mendham, Randolph, and Denville, New Jersey, can benefit from our team’s years of experience in roofing. From the first phone call to the final inspection, Wayne NJ Roofing makes it easy to do any job, from fixing roof problems to replacing and installing the whole roof. As the founder of Wayne NJ Roofing, I am very interested in roofing. When a house is going on the market, I care even more about the roof.

I know from personal experience how much sloppy roof work and sneaky tricks can cost a homeowner when they try to sell their house. It can mean a lot more than just losing a lot of money; if things don’t go as planned, it can also cause a lot of personal distress.

My team and I go above and beyond what people can do by using our drone technology to do a thorough roof inspection as well. Drones are fast, flexible, and can look at a roof in great detail. This is a great way to do things in today’s world, where people are becoming more distant from each other. All of this adds up to a faster and more accurate inspection, which saves our team a lot of money and lets our customers save even more.

Wayne NJ Roofing also uses EagleView technology to use the latest digital modeling and satellite imaging apps. These offer cutting-edge roof measurement and property valuation tools that let us show homes in 3D and give our customers a virtual, interactive roof estimate without having to meet with them in person.

Our goal is to make roofing a clear process and educate our customers, so you can feel more confident in the decisions you make about your roof. Our many good reviews show how successful we are. I also suggest that you download our free insider’s guide to roofing and siding, which goes over a lot of very important information. Wayne NJ Roofing also offers free consultations, so you can talk to us about any worries you have about your roof.

Don’t let doubts about your roof’s condition hurt you or your home’s resale value. Before you put your house on the market, talk to Wayne NJ Roofing to get the best professional advice and work.

When you work with Wayne NJ Roofing, you can count on quality work. We’re with you every step of the way, from the first phone call to the final inspection, so you can learn from our experience. Visit our contact page or call (862) 292-9892 to find out more or get a free consultation.