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Should I Replace the Roof Before Selling My Home?

Selling a home is a highly involved process, and you’ll have many things you’ll need to do before the sale goes through. One of those is making sure your home is in the best condition possible, including the roof. A damaged or aged roof can diminish your home’s overall value and make it harder to sell.

So should you replace the roof before selling? If it’s damaged or very old, the answer is definitely yes.

Costs of Roof Replacement

While you will incur significant costs to replace the roof, that investment can generate a hefty return upon selling your since it preserves your home’s sale price. Roof damage or natural wear on an older roof will decrease the resale value since the buyers will have to pay to replace the roof themselves.

Replacing the roof could also help your home sell faster as well.  As potential buyers look at the house, a new roof will be an attractive selling point, especially if it is a beautiful roof that enhances the appearance of the home.  A new roof might be the deciding factor that causes your house to be chosen over the other properties a serious buyer is considering.

Old Roof, New Roof

When deciding whether you roof needs replacement, consider its age. If the roof has reached or exceeded its anticipated lifespan, it’s best to go ahead and replace the roof before selling rather than leaving that to the buyers. The following information will give you a frame of reference for the recommended lifespan of various roofing materials:

  • Wood shake or shingles—30 years
  • Slate—50 to 100 years
  • Clay or terra cotta—40 years
  • Metal roofing—50 years
  • Asphalt—20 years
  • Fiberglass—50 years

If the roof on your home is reaching its age limit, it’s usually best to replace it prior to selling to ensure you get the maximum value for the home.

Cracked Roof, Whole Roof

Damage on your roofing not only diminishes its aesthetic appeal, but it also makes other problems such as leaks more likely. This can drastically diminish the selling price for the house as it increases the risks of internal water damage, molding, and other issues for the buyer.

All in all, if it’s damaged or reaching the upper limits of its lifespan, it’s best to replace the roof before selling your house. If you’re not sure of the age of your roof, or if it has existing damage, Rebuild Texas offers free, no-obligation roof evaluations to help prior to putting your house on the market.

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