Ask Roofstar: Should I Replace My Roof Before I Sell My Home?

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The Question: Should I Replace My Roof Before I Sell My Home?

As a homeowner looking to sell, you may be asking, Should I Replace My Roof Before I Sell My Home? So here is some helpful information to assist you in making that decision. The largest factor in answering this question is the housing market itself. Over the last year, the demand for homes in the Phoenix Metro area has been so great that sellers did not have to do anything to make their homes more appealing. If a buyer asked for the roof to be replaced, sellers simply moved on to the next buyer. However, the housing market is ever changing so we recommend paying close attention to your roofing needs.

The Truth About Your Roof

According to Zillow, the following are reasons a seller may want to consider replacing a visibly damaged roof.

  • Fewer offers 
  • Longer sale process
  • Reduced offer price

The market is changing now. If you are selling your home and the roof is more than 20 years old, or you have never had any maintenance done, there is a good chance you will have to replace the roof, or compensate the buyer the $10,000 – $25,000 needed for replacement. We generally recommend the seller replace the roof as this creates an asset and adds value to the home instead of a liability and big red flag to buyers that have to be negotiated around. Also, as the seller, YOU have control over the price. Often buyers will try to bring the most expensive bid they can find to submit in the BINSR.

What is the BINSR?

The BINSR is defined by Dwell Inspect Arizona as “a document used during an Arizona Real Estate transaction that stands for “Buyer’s Inspection Notice Seller Response”. This document is filled out by the buyer or their professional representation after the offer is accepted and during the due diligence period. In most cases, it is a list of requests, compiled from the home inspection report, that the buyer makes to the seller, in order for them to continue with the purchase of the property.”

Visible damage negatively affects the curb appeal and can be a red flag for inspectors.

Roofing materials and applications vary so it is recommended you have a professional evaluation to discuss the best options for your home and wallet.

Flat roof

As stated by American Weatherstar, the most common flat roof issues are:

  • Exposure
  • Leaks
  • Ponding water
  • Punctures/Splits/Tears
  • Structural movement
  • Debris
  • Biological growth
  • Blistering
  • Shrinkage
  • Neglecting maintenance

Tile roof

Our very own roofing professionals have observed the following conditions as needing to be repaired or replaced on a tile roof.

  • Cracked, broken, or sliding tiles
  • Corrosion
  • Deteriorating materials 
  • Accumulation of debris in valley areas.
  • Moisture staining or rot at overhangs, fascia, and trim 

Shingle roof

We also tackle these shingle roof concerns.

  • Accumulation of Debris
  • Cracks in the sealant around penetrations.
  • Wind damage and other weather damage
  • Shingle imperfections or missing shingles
  • Blistering, curling, and granule loss or shedding layers 
  • Moisture staining or rot at overhangs, fascia, and trim

That is a lot to consider and we can work with you to determine the optimal solution to your roofing problems. Give Roofstar Arizona a call at (480) 426-1915 or contact us on our website and schedule a free estimate today.

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We can handle all kinds of residential roof repairs. Call us today to schedule an assessment with one of our Field Inspectors. We also assist with insurance claims. Learn more about Our Real Estate Services.

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