3 Reasons to Hire a Certified Roofing Inspector Before Selling Your Home
Most homeowners understand how important a home inspection is for the sale of their property. However, lots of us underestimate how important it is to hire a certified roofing inspector prior to the sale.
Your roofing system can either add value or take away value from your house. So if you’re looking to sell, you need to know what you’re dealing with before going to market.
Elements Roofing can help you assess the state of your roof. Therefore you’ll go into the sale fully informed, ready to list with confidence.
Certified Roof Inspector for North East Colorado
You should work only with a licensed and bonded contractor for your roof inspections.
They should perform evaluations both outside and indoors. The interior assessment should help you find structural damage to the roof, plus pinpoint ventilation or insulation issues. The inspection should also clue you in to any leaks that might not be obvious from the exterior.
The outdoor evaluation should take into account missing, warped, or cracked shingles, excessive granules in the gutter, damaged flashing and more.
Having a certified roof inspector assess the condition of your roof will let you catch any damage early enough so that you can get it fixed before the sale. Consequently, you’ll be able to set an appropriate value for your home.
Elements is a Haag, TAMKO, and Malarkey certified contractor.
Why You Need To Hire a Roofing Inspector
Unseen Hail Damage – This might seem weirdly specific (as opposed to just ‘storm damage,’ or ‘damage’). But believe me, I’ve been inspecting area roofs for a long time; most people don’t understand how much damage their roof takes.
They also don’t understand how much of it is basically invisible if you don’t know what you’re looking for. While it takes pretty big hailstones to actually break your shingles, smaller hail can loosen the granules protecting the asphalt. Once the asphalt is exposed, your shingles damage more easily. Shingle bruises are a common sign of this sort of damage and look exactly how they sound… a darker spot on the shingle where granules have come loose.
Dents and dings in soft metals like your flashing are also tough to spot, but might be a sign of other damage.
“Roof inspections are more complicated than you’d think. Some of the most important parts of your roof are hidden below the shingles, or are just too high up for most people to look at very closely.” Isaac Holguin, Owner of Elements Roofing
Get Roof Certified for Next Year – A roof certification means a licensed roofing professional states in writing that your roof is structurally sound. This is a good idea even if you’re not selling, because if you need to make an insurance claim, the certification demonstrates that any damage is from the storm in question and not pre-existing.
In any case, a visit from a certified roofing inspector will probably be needed before you sell your home, because the new buyer will want to be confident that the roof is solid and leak-free.
Elements works with Realtors, insurance companies, and homeowners to accomplish this. We perform a multi-point inspection to identify repairs that need to be addressed before you sell.
Hire a Roof Inspector to Get More Money Out of Your Home Sale
A New Roof Increases Your Home Value Up to 20% – If it turns out that your roof has damage, and that damage is so severe that repairs are out of the question, investing in a roof replacement may be on your agenda all of a sudden.
Don’t panic. Yes, this can cost you up front. However, surveys over the last 10 years show that a new roof can add to your home’s value, big time. For one thing, being able to say the home has a new roof is a powerful marketing tool.
On the other hand, a damaged or visibly older roof can downgrade your property from dream home to fixer upper. As a result, you could end up with a significantly lower asking price, or kill a sale altogether.
A recent survey by National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) showed that new roofs provide better than 100% return on your roofing investment. Most other surveys put that ROI in the 20% range. In other words, a new roof, while it is a significant up front investment, is definitely worthwhile in many, many cases.
So, add up all these factors, and it’s apparent that hiring a certified roof inspector before you sell will not only increase the selling price of your home (significantly), but will set your mind at ease about any invisible damage, or unseen leaks.
Elements performs multi-point roof inspections. Call us today for a free consultation and we’ll help you increase the value of your most important investment – your home.