Whether you are buying or selling a home, a good roof can help you and a bad roof can hurt you. Most people think the biggest draw for home buyers is a great kitchen, but this is not true. A great kitchen can be icing on the cake, but basics such as the foundation and roof need to be sound.
According to HGTV.com, “Basic maintenance, such as roof and exterior painting, are more important than an awesome kitchen.” One aesthetic problem that can weaken the integrity of shingles over time is algae growth. Algae growth often shows up as dark stains or discoloration, as in the picture on the left. A new roof can instantly freshen up the curb appeal of this house.
If you are going to make some improvements to put your home on the market, have the roof inspected by a professional like Jeff’s Carpentry. If the roof needs repairs or replacement, either invest the money up front or be prepared to deduct it from your price at closing time. Any savvy buyer will have the house inspected and this can often turn up roof problems that the seller was oblivious to.
As a home buyer, ask if there are any problems that need to be addressed. If you enter negotiations on a house, make sure you have enough time to have a thorough inspection and get written estimates if any repairs are recommended. Without a good inspection before purchasing a home, you can be left footing the bill for a new roof or haggling with insurance companies to cover something the seller should have already taken care of. It may be time consuming, but it will pay off in the end to have professionals like Jeff’s Carpentry inspect major components such as the foundation and the roof.
At Jeff’s Carpentry we work hard to accommodate both buyers and sellers with any roofing needs. Many sellers pay for the roof and leave the option for the buyer to add upgrades. Call (732) 851-5575 for a free roofing estimate.