Do I Need a Roof Report Before Selling My House?

Getting someone to inspect your roof and give you a roof report before you sell your home is a smart idea. Here’s why a roof inspection report is important.

Your Roof May Need Significant Repairs

Do you really want to have an interested buyer back out of buying your home just because the roof is in bad shape? Or trying to negotiate price simply because of the roof’s condition? You would be better off making sure your roof doesn’t need any significant repairs beforehand.

“It might not be glamorous, but buyers are looking at big-ticket items like the age and condition of the roof, air conditioning and heating systems, water heater, electrical panel and pipes. Now, I’m not saying all have to be replaced, but if any of these components are on their last leg, you might seriously need to consider replacing them as these items could factor into the kind of financing the buyer is able to obtain as well as insurability of the property. Appraisers are notorious for requiring a roof to be replaced, for example, as a condition of a loan when it comes to FHA and VA financing. Replacing a roof that is at the end of its life before putting your home on the market will go a long way to solidifying buyer confidence in deciding to make an offer. The buyer (and you) won’t have to sweat what an inspector says, deal with a potential renegotiation before closing or face a price reduction. The last thing you want to be doing is putting on a new roof in the midst of trying to pack.”

-Cara Ameer, Inman.com

Buyers May Ask to See a Roof Report

If buyers ask to see a roof report, you want to be sure you have one on hand. A roof report is a lot more detailed and thorough than the roof check that a home inspector does. Not being able to provide proof that the roof is solid can be a red flag to buyers that something is wrong with your roof. You don’t want anything slowing down the process once you’ve got someone interested in your home! Anticipate that they will want to know the condition of the roof and get a roof inspection done before you sell your home.

You’ll sell your home more quickly and easily if the roof is in tip-top shape before you put your home on the market. Contact us today!