Whenever a real estate agent talks ‘curb appeal’ – one of the hottest topics is always the roof. In fact, one of the most commonly negotiated things in the purchase of a home is the roof – depending on if it’s old or not.
Not only is it a sticking point in terms of the point of sale, it’s also a big addition (or subtraction) to the overall value of the home from a strictly aesthetic standpoint. Long story, short – if the roof looks good, the house is good – to buyers.
Here are some things you can do to spiff up your roof and house to make it more appealing to potential buyers. Let’s jump right in!
Less is always more
Outdoor features like planters, gardens and those things should complement your house, not complete it. Roofs are the kinds of things that bring them together. If you’ve got a metal roof or any kind of staining, have someone come and scrub it. It’ll help bring some more life to the roof and give it that extra spit-shine that’ll help sell the house.
Address maintenance issues
Whenever you put your home on the market, it’s good to hire an inspector to come in and let you know what you’ve got to sell. If you have issues in the home – address them; don’t hide them. That can get you into a good deal of trouble and when an outside inspector comes when you’re under contract – they’ll find the defect – and that can derail your deal.
This holds especially true for your roof. If you have a metal roof – you shouldn’t really have any problems, but if there are a few dings here and there, get them fixed. The few hundred dollars it takes to fix them isn’t worth losing a deal on selling your home for a whole lot more money than that.
Devil’s in the details
Believe it or not, your roof is a huge part of the overall color palette of your home, aesthetically speaking. When choosing a roof OR when choosing accents to compliment your home – keep the look and feel of your roof in mind. You’ll be surprised at how well it can pull many, smaller things all together to look great.
If you’re on the other side
If you’re looking to purchase a home and install a new roof, there are some awesome tools you can use that are at your disposal online to play around with exterior improvements and what they’d look like on your home. You can play around with all sorts of styles and schemes, so be sure to check them out.
Buying and selling a home is an exciting process, but we’re well aware that it’s a stressful time, too! Hopefully these tips help take the edge off. If you’re thinking about installing a metal roof or would like guidance on parts and panels that you can use for repairs – give us a call today and we’ll be happy to help. Good luck!