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Curb Appeal and a Well Maintained Roof can Help Sell Your Home!

August 22, 2016

Home For Sale Real Estate Sign in Front of Beautiful New House.

Even with the increasing acceptance of the “don’t judge a book by it’s cover” ideology, first impressions are still important. Someone may be an amazing worker but they still have to make a good first impression. If they show up to an interview wearing torn clothes, unkempt hair, and smelling like they are afraid of the shower, the interviewer may assume they don’t care about the job. In the same way, even if a house has a completely updated interior, if the roof is falling apart, the lawn is overgrown, and the siding is covered in dirt and grime, someone might assume that if the homeowner doesn’t care enough to take care of the exterior they probably don’t care enough to take care of the interior. This may not matter to you if you don’t care what people think, it’s your home after all. But, what about when you try to sell your home? This exterior impression, known as curb appeal, may actually one of the most important and influential factors of selling your home.

 

Curb appeal is important when selling your home for a number of reasons:

  • Getting bites! if people don’t like the exterior, why would they inquire about further information and pricing? Often times a potential buyer will make an opinion about the house just by driving by. The better the exterior, the more likely they will be interested in the interior.
  • Increasing buyer confidence. When the first thing a potential buyer sees is a driveway that needs to be resurfaced or a roof that needs to be replaced, they are going to already be starting to calculate the cost and risk of buying the house. Whereas when a home is kept up well they see the positives and the things that add to their investment. In addition, the more a potential buyer feels as if the exterior has been taken care of, the more they will feel that there aren’t hidden problems inside.
  • Avoiding low ball offers. It’s always nice to get an offer on your home you are trying to sell, but it’s disappointing and frustrating when the offer is way below your asking price. When large repairs are needed, particularly on the siding, or roof of your home, the potential buyer will offer you what they think the house is worth MINUS what they think they might need to spend. These offers aren’t always accurate, as things might look worse than they actually are. The better the curb appeal of your house, the better chance of someone actually seeing the value of the home.
  • Making a house feel like a home. In most occasions, potential buyers are looking for somewhere to call home, not just a building. Many realtors will use tricks like baking cookies or staging furniture in a cozy way to help the people looking at the home better imagine living there. The curb appeal is a part of this. With that first impression, you can either make a potential buyer feel like they would need to do a lot of work OR you can make them feel like they are at home and in a place that is loved. AKA the more it looks like you love your house, the more they will be able to imagine themselves loving your house.

 

Northwest Roof Maintenance can help you with one of the biggest aspects of curb appeal, the roof! In the Portland and Vancouver area we can provide a free inspection of your roof to determine what is needed on your roof. From there we can help get your roof cleaned, repaired, and ready to sell! Getting your roof taken care of BEFORE you try to sell helps ensure that unsightly problems such as rusted flashing, overflowing gutters, lifting shingles, or moss growth doesn’t turn away a potential buyer!

 

If you would like to get a free estimate of your roof you can reach us at 503-740-4808 OR 360-910-8938!

Sold Home For Sale Sign in Front of New House

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That Pesky Pest Problem

August 9, 2016

Squirrel sitting on the roof

Have you ever watched a squirrel shimmy along a branch and jump gracefully onto your roof? Did you think as you watched it that you could be witnessing a home intruder? While not every critter that steps foot on your roof is going to cause damage, they aren’t all just passing through either. Animals on your roof can mean animals in your attic. They might enter through a pre-existing hole or decide that asphalt shingles are their delicacy of choice and gnaw their way in. You aren’t helpless to these unwanted visitors though. By being aware of signs of animal intruders you can stay on top of your roof care and minimize damage caused by them.

How can you tell if you have animal problems?

There are a handful of signs that might indicate possible pest activity:

  • Lifting, or loose shingles
  • Obvious holes in the roof
  • Areas where light is coming into the attic
  • Animal feces in the attic
  • Chewed cord, wires, insulation in the attic
  • Noises inside the attic

Hole in roof 1 Lifting Shingles 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you suspect you have animals actively getting into your attic, you should do two things. First,  if the animals are still inside of your attic, hire a pest control professional to remove them so they don’t cause further damage. Second, contact a roofing professional, like Northwest Roof Maintenance, to inspect your roof and make sure that any intrusion points are addressed and repaired. Once you have removed the animals and performed any needed repairs, the best thing to do is keep an eye on your roof. We recommend doing a visual inspection of your roof often. Know what it looks like so you can know when something doesn’t look right. Look for lifting, loose, missing shingles, look for holes. Upon noticing any of these things get a roofer out to take care of them before they become a bigger problem. You should also check the attic every so often, check for signs of moisture which can indicate a leak, check for holes where light is coming through which could allow water to come through, etc… By inspecting your attic and roof regularly you will be able to catch any damage early, minimizing the extent of repairs needed.

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