What You Should Do To Your Roof Before You Sell Your Home


Are you getting ready to sell your home? There’s a lot that goes into preparing your home for sale so that you can get the maximum value for your property, including how you care of your roof. This checklist will help you make sure your roof is market ready!

  • Get your roof inspected.
    The first step to making sure your roof will be a value add rather than a value detractor in the sale of your home is to get it inspected. Make sure that the inspector doesn’t just conduct a visual inspection from the ground, but actually goes up onto your roof, and checks inside for signs of leaking. A quick glance from ground level may not reveal a problem with the roof’s underlayment, sheathing, or flashing, or issues with shingles towards the top of the roof. Likewise, just looking at the exterior of your home will not give you a full picture of your roof’s health, so it’s important that the inspector look inside under the rafters or in the attic for any water stains or signs that water has breached the protective barrier of the roof.

  • Consult a professional roofer about the cost and timeline of any needed repairs.
    Once you know how your roof is evaluated in a thorough inspection, it’s time to consult with JL Roofing and Siding to review any of the recommendations for repairs. Be sure to discuss not only the cost of repair or replacement, but also the timeline to ensure the project can be completed on a schedule that works with the strategy you’ve established with your real estate agent.

  • Coordinate with your roofer to make sure all warranties and repair documentation is in order.
    Beyond making sure your roof is in good repair, having all of your documentation in order and in one place ready to be viewed by prospective buyers shows them that you take the maintenance of your home seriously. Talk with your roofer to verify you have all of the correct documentation for your roof, including any applicable warranties, receipts for repairs, and information about its maintenance history.

  • Consult with your roofer to consolidate info on type of roof, materials used, etc.
    While you are gathering this important information, go the extra mile to consult with your roofer to make sure you have up to date information on the materials used in your roof. This will give prospective buyers—and hopefully the new homeowner—a point of reference for what they might need to take care of regular maintenance and troubleshooting when a shingle needs to be replaced or some other repair needs to happen. Be sure that you include the name and contact information of your roofer in this documentation so there can be a seamless hand off to the new homeowners.

Your home will be easier to sell, and command a greater value, if your roof is in good repair and prospective buyers have confidence in the efforts you have made at regular maintenance. Talk with JL Roofing and Siding today to make sure that when you are market ready, your roof is too!

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