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

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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!

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