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Should I Replace The Roof Before I Sell?

When it comes to buying a new home, one of the biggest expenses people worry about is replacing the roof. A new roof is often worth a lot to potential buyers, because it puts their minds at ease about looming future problems.

If you are about to sell, should you replace the roof? That depends on the situation, so the first step is to get a home inspection. The inspector can examine the roof and let you know what may be needed so that you can make an informed choice. Having your own inspection also prepares you for what the buyer’s inspector may recommend.

If the inspector determines that a new roof is needed, a few key questions can help you arrive at a decision on whether to replace it.

1. Do you own the home outright? Your decision about replacing the roof may depend on whether you are looking to get a lot of money for the home. If you already own the home, you may not need as much of a return as someone who has a large mortgage and still hopes to leave with some cash in pocket.

2. Can you afford the cost, or will you need a home-equity loan? A home-equity loan can be used to make repairs, but that loan will also need to be satisfied when the house is sold.

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