New roofs and home value

A new roof looks great. Potential buyers prefer a newer roof because it saves them the hassle of roof replacement or repair.

Residential and Commercial Roofing Projects
Blackhawk Roofing
September 7, 2022

Will a new roof help me sell my home?

We all know that a new roof looks great to a potential buyer. Most homeowners appreciate having a new roof over their head because it saves them the hassle of replacing the roof soon after moving in. After purchasing a new home, many new homeowners don't have the savings to cover a roof replacement on top of the purchase of your home.

A new roof on a house is an investment that pays dividends when it comes to the value of your home. Before deciding to list a property, be sure to replace the existing roof if it’s nearing the end of its life span or even worse - leaking. Having a new roof will go a long way in preserving and potentially increasing the value of your home when it comes time to sell. Buyers appreciate a new roof as they know it will save them from having to deal with costly re-roofing later down the line and are more likely to submit bids on homes with new roofs, rather than ones with older fixtures. So invest in a new roof today and get ready for increased market value tomorrow!

Investing in a new roof for your home is an excellent way to not only improve the look and value of your property but also increase the marketability. It's hard to give exact figures but buyers will generally be willing to pay more for newer roofs that have attractive shingles. But when picking new shingles, it's important to weigh factors such as local real estate market conditions, cost of materials and installation, and desired features by potential buyers. Before making a new roof addition, research which style and material will best fit with your neighborhood’s homes while ensuring you receive the highest return on investment.

New roof considerations 

When it comes to investing in a new roof for your home, it is important to consider the factors that will affect both the cost of the new roof, and its impact on your home's resale value. Firstly, you should take into account the condition of your existing roof; if it does not need replacing yet then determing if having a new one installed would be worth the money spent. Secondly, the housing market conditions in your area are fundamental - if house prices are low then getting a new roof may not prove as beneficial as it would when they were riding high. The third factor is what type of replacement you choose; opting for more expensive materials may add more to your home's value than cheaper options. Taking these three things into account before committing to a new roof will help ensure you are making an informed decision regarding how it affects both your costs and potential increase in value any new roof could bring.

1.    The condition of your existing roof 

Keeping your home's roof in good condition is a vital part of regular maintenance and can have an impact on your property value. When viewing potential new properties, home buyers are often looking for roofs that are in good repair and rarely have the money to cover large repairs after the purchase. Local appraisers will also take the condition of your roof into account when valuing your property; if there is significant damage, it can mean a significant reduction in its worth. However, even if your roof is five years old and appears to be in good condition, you will likely not see much benefit from replacing it as long as it looks good until at least a few more years down the line. Buyers typically don't mind roofs that have been taken care of and don't need repair in the immediate future so long as they look OK.

Many homeowners believe that fixing a roof with minor issues may be enough when trying to list their home for sale. However, if the roof is in bad condition, replacing it may be the better option. This is because any new buyers that see the worn-down roof might not even bother looking further into the house, and those interested may expect to pay significantly less for the new source of needed repairs. A new roof can have an immediate impact on the appraisal value of a home, as well as ensure that buyers feel confident in what they’re investing in. Furthermore, for legal reasons it might be necessary to replace an old and damaged roof if you happen to live in a certain area. So keep this information in mind if you’re thinking of selling your house and confronted with a worn-down roof--replacement could be the best investment both financially and legally.

2.   Market conditions

A new roof is often the single best way to add value to a home, but this investment isn't worthwhile in all locations. General housing market conditions can strongly influence the financial return on new roofs, making it beneficial in some areas while not worth the expense in others. If you're considering a new roof, local real estate agents and appraisers can be better sources of information than generalized national data. Their advice will be tailored to your specific area and give you personal insight into how new roofs are affecting home values at the local level. To get a realistic assessment of new roof house value in your area, it's best to direct questions to knowledgeable real estate agents or appraisers with experience in your city or neighborhood.

3.   The new shingles you’ve chosen 

When you’re considering new roof materials for your house, it’s important to pay attention to your neighborhood when making a decision. Spending extra on designer shingles in an area with starter homes and less expensive roof materials isn't likely to pay off because the new roof won’t add much, if any, value to your home's overall worth. On the other hand, in an upscale neighborhood, new or designer shingles may be expected as part of the curb appeal of many homes in that area. Not only will new shingles make your house stand out, but they will also match the exterior and interior finishes of neighboring homes. When deciding on new roof material before resale, choosing a style that matches those around you can help increase the value of your new home considerably.

Replacing the roof on a house can be an expensive and complicated endeavor - far more so than a new paint job or switched out bathroom tile. Potential buyers looking at your home likely won't disregard the appearance of outdated shingles, but instead take it as a sign that they would need to immediately replace the roof anyway, resulting in them not making an offer. To get an accurate understanding of how new asphalt shingles will impact your house value as well as what types of roofs buyers in your neighborhood prefer, it is best to consult with a real estate agent who can assess the current local market and provide you with tailored advice.

Blackhawk Roofing has built replacement roofs for thousands of residential and commercial customers in Springfield and Central Illinois. We've also done hundreds of roof repairs. Blackhawk Roofing provides outstanding value on every project. Call owner Dan Schnell at 217-741-6251 to schedule a Free Estimate.

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