Stamford Roofing: Article About Presale Maintenance
When homeowners make an attempt to sell their home, they often want to sell as quickly as possible and for as much as possible. One tactic to reduce the amount of time a home sits on the market is to repair or replace the roof, gutters and downspouts. From the perspective of a buyer, a new roof means less maintenance and fewer potential issues.
If the new roof is energy efficient or improves air circulation, it could increase the market value of the property. However, it is more likely that the home sells faster due to the fact that previous owner cared for it well. As part of the estimate process, a Stamford roofing professional may be able to provide some clues as to how updating the roof may impact a home's value or desirability.
There are several steps that a homeowner can take in order to ensure that the roof looks and functions properly. Easier tasks include resetting gutters to make sure that they are flush with the eaves. Adding additional soffit vents is another easy project for a professional that will improve airflow and reduce potential mold or water damage issues.
During an inspection, a roofing contractor can provide a homeowner with an estimate as to a roof's useful life.
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If there is more than a year or two remaining, it may be best to leave the roof as it is. The new owner may decide that he or she doesn't like the materials that were chosen for the update or may decide to change the pitch of the roof entirely. However, if there is less than one year of useful life remaining, some or all of the roof should be replaced as it could be a safety hazard before the house is sold.
If there are leaks coming from the roof already, it should absolutely be repaired or replaced prior to selling the home. Potential buyers will likely notice the water damage or that something has been covered up. Mildew can produce a noticeable odor as well, which could dissuade buyers from paying the asking price for the home.
Homeowners should do any work to their roof several weeks prior to listing the house for sale. This will allow enough time to complete the project with time to spare for unexpected delays or any lead time that may need to be accounted for during the busy spring and summer roofing seasons.