Selling Your Home? Get Your Roof Ready First

When our family quickly began outgrowing our home, my husband and I couldn't decide whether to add onto our current home or move into a larger one. One day, when we were checking the local area looking for "home for sale" signs, we saw a sign we couldn't take our eyes off -- there was a large plot of land for sale for a great price in a great location. We had never thought of building our own home before, but after a little research, we realized that it wasn't as costly as we thought, especially considering the great deal we got on the land. The entire process was a learning experience, but thankfully, the building team was very pleasant and helpful. We now love our new home, and I am excited to share our experience on our new blog. I also plan to post many planning and construction tips!

Selling Your Home? Get Your Roof Ready First

3 June 2017
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


If you are in the process of putting your home up for sale, you have probably went around and made sure everything was in proper working order. Maybe you've even put on new siding or have given it a fresh coat of paint to ensure it looks attractive to potential home buyers. One part of your home you don't want to overlook is the roof. While it might not be the first thing you think about when getting your home ready to sell, it is one of the most important.

Roof Maintenance

You are going to want to get your roof ready before it gets listed to sell. Some of the things an inspector is going to look for on your roof include:

  • Missing or broken shingles
  • Moss is growing on the roof
  • The roof is full of debris like leaves and twigs
  • The gutters are not securely in place
  • There are trees hanging over the roof

All of these things signify that the roof is not well-maintained and that it needs some work. If you are serious about selling your home, you are going to want to take care of these things before listing it to sell.

Moisture Survey

When getting your roof taken care of, you will also want to make sure you have had something called a moisture survey done within the last five years. This is a type of test that shows if there is moisture present on the roof. When a roof retains moisture, it increases the chance of getting damaged by elements such as wind, cold temperatures, and the heat. If a potential home buyer knows you've never had a moisture survey done, they might be hesitant to buy your home.

Roof Replacement

According to the National Roofing Contractors Association, the typical roof lasts for about 20 years. If you know your roof is older than this, you may need to consider replacing your entire roof before trying to sell it. Of course, this depends on what kind of material your roof is made out of. For instance, if your roof is made out of asbestos, it could last anywhere from 30 to 50 years.

If you need to do some maintenance to your roof before listing it to sell, you need to have a moisture survey done, you need to get your roof replaced, or you know of any other roofing services that need to be taken care of, a roofing contractor, like Economy Roofing, will be able to help.