Selling Your Home? Fix Your Roof!

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Fixing your roof or hiring a Salem roofing contractor to replace your roof can help you sell your home.

In this post, we want to highlight how repairing or replacing your roof can create a more attractive opportunity for and increase interest from buyers. The Portland real-estate market is hot right now, as it is in all of Oregon. Now is the time to hire one of the best roofing contractors in Portland and surrounding areas to come and repair or replace your roof.

While it might be obvious that severe leaking would need to be repaired prior to a sale, it seems a bit less obvious that there is a great deal of value in replacing an older roof. It is important to take the perspective of a home buyer into consideration. They are looking to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on their next residence, and as such, they want something that they aren’t going to immediately have to spend thousands of extra dollars to repair. This is something that would result in lower offers or even buyer disinterest. Neither of these things are good when you’re looking to sell your house fast.

Well-maintained homes sell faster and for higher prices. Many sites that allow prospective home buyers to search out properties for sale now allow space for roofing information. Trulia, for example, has a field that allows prospective buyers to see the age of the roof. If a home buyer is touring your home, the first impression they will have is based on what they see on the outside. If they see a roof in disrepair, their initial negative impression will stick as they tour the rest of your home. People tend to remember the first and last parts of an event better than anything in the middle. This is a noticeable and studied phenomenon called the Recency Effect.

The bottom line is this: your roof protects your home. Home buyers aren’t always looking to purchase projects. They want the house they spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on to be immediately safe, secure, and maintenance-free. Maintenance needs can quickly become a point of negotiation later on with buyers, and it is desirable to take care of these things before they become an issue. If you want to sell your home as quickly as possible and for as high of a price as possible, a new roof could give home buyers the peace of mind they need and add value for them.

If you already have a recently installed roof, you can have a roofer come out and certify it for you! This will be another disclosure you can provide when you are trying to sell your home. We recommend that you call several Salem roofers to get a good feeling on the pricing and quality you can expect for your project.

If you would like an estimate or roof inspection, give Slate & Slate Roofing a call today at (503) 585-2338.

Written by
Terry Slate
Terry is the Vice President of Slate & Slate Roofing and has over 28 years of experience with both residential and commercial roofing. He specializes in metal roofing, composition roofing, and PVC membrane roofing.