Frederick Roof RepairServing Frederick and Montgomery County, MD
I recently received a call from someone preparing to sell a home. Here are the important details:
- The roof is in need of replacement but the homeowner does not want to put out the money.
- The roof has leaked in the past but is not leaking now ( problem was at some time corrected ).
- A Real Estate Agent has suggested calling in a roofer to go over the roof and make basic repairs to the existing roof.
Here is why the above is wrong, always. It is wrong because it is the first part of a formula for spending money two times instead of once. The remainder of what will likely occur is:
- A potential buyer will hire an inspector.
- The inspector will find something wrong with the roof ( in their estimation ).
- It will become a point of contention to complete said roof problem(s) if the sale is to go through.
- Money will be spent again hiring a roofer to do said repair(s).
Doesn’t it make more sense to put the house on the market, get a potential buyer, have a home inspection detail what needs to be done, and then to do it? Of course it does, unless you hate money and are trying to get rid of as much as possible, which of course you do not, or you would be replacing the roof which is really yours to replace given the above initial details.
At the end of the day, and the beginning too, it really doesn’t matter much what you or I think needs to, or should be done. It will come down to what an inspector chooses to note in an inspection report. Yes, if your roof is leaking badly, you need to fix it prior to putting it on the market. However, if it is not, save yourself time and money and do what is called for in an inspection.