Selling a Home? It's Important to Check the Condition of the Home's Roof First!


Homeowners who want to experience a better selling experience already know the importance of freshly painted walls, neat lawns, and making sure that every room is clean and clutter-free. But during the frantic preparation period that occurs before most homes are listed for sale, many may be overlooking an important step — checking the condition of their roof. 

Roof condition is cumulative, but easy to overlook

Because most roofing materials are now manufactured to last for decades and most degradation happens very slowly, condition changes are easy to overlook. Wary buyers are far more likely to notice slight condition issues because they are viewing and comparing homes with roofs of all different ages. This can make them more alert to simple signs of shingle wear than the occupants of the homes they are viewing. Some of these subtle signs of wear include: 

  • shingle edges that no longer lay flat 
  • shingles with cracks or broken corners
  • fading, staining, or discoloration, particularly when this occurs only on portions of the roof
  • loss of texture, due to granule loss of the shingles
  • uneven roof surfaces that could be a sign of truss, sheathing, or support damage

Sellers are far more likely to notice easily visible damage such as missing shingles, or damage that occurs after a weather event, such as wind or hail damage. No matter the cause, all types of roof damage should be dealt with, as this is a problem that both prospective buyers and their home inspectors will certainly notice. 

Latent roof defects create hidden damage over time

In addition to visible issues that impact the condition, roofs can develop hidden or very hard to find defects. Tiny leaks can form along flashed areas, roof vents and pipes, and at seams that may leak for long periods of time before the homeowners are aware of a problem. When this happens, the sheathing materials, wood, and insulation that lay underneath the shingles, metal, or other types of roofing materials will be damaged. Over time, the leak will eventually seep through and saturate ceilings and walls inside the home. Insulation and interior surfaces of the home may suffer decay or develop mold and mildew growth long before the leak becomes visible on an interior wall or ceiling. Checking the roof before selling can help sellers find these kinds of issues and remedy them before buyers come by.

Pre-listing roof inspections help sellers avoid negotiation issues during the sale

Dealing with roofing issues found on a home inspection often means scrambling to make roofing repairs or replacements before the home sale can close or even losing out on the sale altogether. To avoid this type of problem, sellers may want to consider having a professional roof inspection when preparing their home for the market. If the inspection shows that the roof will need extensive repairs or replacement, it is usually better for the homeowner to handle them before listing, than to try to negotiate these issues with a prospective buyer. 

Sellers that move forward with a roof replacement can also use this fact as a selling point when listing the home. Buyers who see the phrase "new roof" in the home's listing description may favor the home over others because they know they will not have to deal with roof issues for many years after the purchase. 

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Jeff Uselton - Timmons Properties Manager

Jeff and his crew were great to work with and the project was completed within a few days! Great job and company. Highly recommended to all!

J Marcarelli

The scope of our job included a complete re-roof, installation of shingles on the gable ends, and installation of half-round gutters on a 1920's bungalow. James and Jeff Richfield were very professional, good on following up and the work was done to a very high standard. We have done a number of remodel projects and have more knowledge/experience than many people wrt construction practices. We insist on a clean job site and had a couple "special needs" areas where plants needed to be protected, etc. James was all over it and did the daily sweep for metal and debris himself. We would use them again and can give them an unqualified recommendation.