You have chosen to put your house on the market, tidied, cleaned and decorated the inside and you wait in anticipation of the dozens of prospective buyers that will come through the door... But then they don’t. What is going on?
Curb appeal counts and many buyers will pass up your house just based on what it looks like from the outside. They may drive by, see these flaws and take your house off the list of houses they plan to view. First impressions do matter. First impressions are everything – at least when it comes to selling your home. According to the National Association of Realtors, 63 percent of homebuyers will drop by after viewing a home they like online. What will they see? The home's exterior – including the front entry, yard, driveway, sidewalk and most importantly the roof-- should serve as a snapshot of what's to come when potential buyers enter your home. The curb appeal is the resume, the resume gets you in the door, and when the client walks into the house, the interview starts.
A roof can account for 40 percent of a home's look from the curb, so carefully consider what material will best complement (Please read the following for more information color schemes and roofing) your home and attract potential buyers. Changing the roof not only adds to the curb appeal but also is one of the few things one can do to increase the value of the house. Fixing up a roof with the right color really gives a good curb appeal.
When replacing a roof, it's best to tear off the old roof rather than install a new one over it. Removing the old roof reveals any defects that should be fixed before the new roof is installed.
The condition of your roof is one of the first things buyers notice and appraisers assess. Missing, curled, or faded shingles add nothing to the look or value of your house. If your neighbors have maintained or replaced their roofs, yours will look especially shabby.
You can pay for roof repairs now, or pay for them later in a lower appraisal; appraisers will mark down the value by the cost of the repair. According to the “2015 Remodeling Impact Report” from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, the national median cost of a new asphalt shingle roof is about $7,600.
Some tired roofs look a lot better after you remove 25 years of dirt, moss, lichens, and algae. So, at the very least the roof should be power washed and cleaned. Don’t try cleaning your roof yourself: call a professional with the right tools and technique to clean it without damaging it. A 2,000-square-foot roof will take a day and $400 to $600 to clean professionally.
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