Most people concentrate on interior renovations and cosmetic updates when looking to improve their home for a sale. But exterior improvements, especially those related to the structure of the home are important, too. One of the biggest issues that could torpedo your home sale is a problem with your roof. No one wants to buy a home with leaky roof or one that is about to fail. Most buyers don’t want to take on projects, especially ones as complicated and expensive as a new roof.
Warning signs you might need a new roof
If your roof has problems, you are likely to see signs. For example, if your roof is leaking, you are likely to see evidence of water somewhere. This might show up as water spots or discoloration on the ceiling or walls of your upper floors. You also might notice wetness or dampness in your attic. A roof leak also might lead to rotting wood in your attic.
A sign that your roof is nearing the end of its life and might need to be replaced is issues with the shingles. You might see missing shingles or shingles with pieces broken off.
Another sign is shingle dust or sand, which is a collection of fine granules in your gutters and downspouts or on the ground around your home. This occurs when your shingles start to degrade, and it is a sure sign that your roof is nearing the end.
Have an inspection done
If you notice any of these signs or you just want to ensure your roof is in good shape, you need to have an inspection done. Call a reputable roofing company to schedule an appointment for an inspection. You might even want to get more than one so you can be sure legitimate issues are being pointed out.
If you do have roof issues, it is better to get them identified and taken care of before you put your house on the market.