Home sellers may be having a tough time coping with the fickle California real estate market, but that doesn’t mean that they should forgo basic preparations just to make a quick sale. This is exactly the point being given by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) in the US, who encourages homeowners to ensure that their properties are in prime condition before making a deal.
“If the property inspectors find that little or no corrective work is required, you have little or nothing to negotiate… Big corrective work bills can be deal killers,” Eric Tyson and Ray Brown, authors of Homebuying for Dummies, say in the article.
One of these “deal killers” is a leaky roof, which NAR says can set back any potential buyer by a few thousand dollars in repair or replacement. Thus, many property managers work with reliable roofers to carry out maintenance services even for uninhabited homes that are up for sale. Some of the best roofing contractors in Sacramento, and California for that matter, such as Yancey Home Improvements, provide thorough roof inspections on residential real estate properties in Sacramento, Carmichael, Folsom, and elsewhere in the state. Roofing contractors also offer services to homeowners’ associations and certified realtors.
Generally speaking, most households need to spend about 3 percent of their home’s real estate value for roof maintenance alone. This may seem like a small amount, but it can grow significantly as repairs or replacement become more frequent than usual. This is an issue especially for low-priced, less-durable roofing materials like asphalt shingles.
Most Sacramento roofing contractors, therefore, recommend concrete tiles, wood shakes, slate, or steel roofs as these are more reliable and have longer service lives, translating to lower maintenance costs. Of course, these materials are also more expensive, which means that the retail value of a property may end up being too high for most buyers’ price range.
On the other hand, roofing contractors can also cater to the tastes of realtors and real estate buyers everywhere by creating beautiful roof styles. Low slope roofs are particularly notable in that they are just as practical as they are aesthetically pleasing: low slope roofs are more efficient at draining rainwater than flat roofs. The wide range of design and color options offered by roofing manufacturers nowadays also means that there’s literally a roof fit for everyone.
(Article Excerpt and Image from Roof flashing key to keeping water out, thespectrum.com, November 22, 2013)