Seasonal storms are something that every homeowner needs to worry about. When the storms of your region blow through, how much should you trust the integrity of your roof? How often should you get roof inspections and repairs when storms are pretty frequent?
As it turns out, your best bet for both maintenance today and your eventual home sale price is to get repairs immediately and maintain your roof regularly. There are several good reasons to get schedule a roof inspection and repairs promptly after each bad storm. Storm damage can be brutal but regularly maintaining your roof in the face of these storms can be excellent for your long-term home value.
Storm Damage is Bad News for Your Roof
When a storm hits, it can wreak all kinds of damage to your roof. Roof damage caused by a storm is often much worse than it looks from the ground. A badly damaged roof that is likely to leak during the next storm might look just a little rougher from your vantage point standing at the curb. But that rough look is actually dozens to hundreds of damaged shingles that are no longer holding on as they should.
High-speed winds can peel up shingles, break them, and fully remove shingles from the top layer of your roof. And even a windless hail storm can pulverize your roof and shake the UV-resistant granules right off the top. If the storm involved snow, then piles of snow left up there can turn into dangerous in-place moisture exposure.
Even the nearby trees pose a hazard because both wind and snow can drop a tree branch right into your roof and cause impact damage.
Storms are incredibly dangerous to your roof and two storms in a row without repairs can result in damage most homeowners don’t care to contemplate.
Prevent Serious Underlying Roof Damage
Part of the reason for prompt post-storm repairs and regular roof regular maintenance is because it prevents long-term damage to underlying roof structures.
You see, if even a small leak is allowed to begin, a leak so small you’ll never notice it downstairs, this can start to rot away at the underlayment and beams that support your roof. If you only maintain your roof right before sale, there might be some serious rot, mold, or buckling.
But if you get your roof repaired after each storm when damage is most likely to happen, your roof will never get the chance to leak and certainly not a continuous leak.
Recent Roof Repairs Increase Immediate Home Value
Everyone knows that one last round of roof repairs before putting your home up on the market can really make a house shine. Let your roofers know you’re about to sell and they may take extra care to ensure your roof looks smooth and beautiful from the ground for perfect pre-sale curb appeal.
In order to get the best possible price for your home, whenever you eventually sell it, the key is to take care of regular roof maintenance in preparation for that day. Not only are you protecting your home’s integrity against seasonal weather in the years between buying and selling. You are also ensuring that the roof is in top condition for your future buyers. In fact, a nice roof can boost your home selling price by as much as $2800 higher than your base listing price.
If the weather hammers down on your roof or blows away shingles, you know those need to be fixed promptly to maintain the long-term value of your home. If the housing market in your region is highly competitive, it’s vital to keep up maintenance and repairs to make sure your home is in a better position than those that are only fixed up right before being sold. Be sure to schedule early to ensure that your local roofers can get your home looking beautiful by the time you’re done repainting and staging for market.
Here at Satin Touch, we can help you take care of all your storm damage home repair needs. Contact us today to consult on the kind of repairs you may require and to schedule your initial consultation. We look forward to hearing from you.
Selling a home on the real estate market involves a certain amount of investment. You get the place fixed up, repainted, maybe stage it to enhance the beauty and functionality of the rooms. You hire a landscaper to shape the yards. Then you keep the house in this pristine condition until the right buyer comes along and falls in love with the home you’ve prepared for them.
But what happens when a storm ravages your region after you’ve already done all your careful work preparing the house for market? What if it tears up your roof or adds water damage to your once-pristine house? Don’t worry. You can recover from this minor natural disaster quickly if you know what to do. You might even come out ahead.
Here’s how to handle quick storm damage restoration when your home is on the market:
The very first step is not to panic. Unless the storm went full Wizard of Oz, chances are that the damage is fixable without too much cost before your home is back to that pristine ready-to-sell condition. All you need to do is get the home repaired and clean up the yard, the problem isn’t as big as you may be feeling right now. In fact, you might not know this but very recent restoration work can actually raise your final sale value by as much as $2,800.
Call for Inspections and Repairs
The moment the storm is over, the next step is to call for a home inspection. You need your home to be in tip-top shape for buyers which means knowing about any damage caused by the storm and fixing it pronto. Listen carefully to your inspector and they’ll frame out just how much damage was really done and the repairs you’ll need. In most cases, a single storm worth of damage equates to a few replaced surface shingles and siding panels that took the brunt of the storm’s force.
Talk About the Upcoming Home Sale
While you’re arranging for your home repairs, remember to mention to your restoration team that the home is currently on the market for sale, or that you are almost ready to list it. Restoration professionals are very used to being called right before a home sale and might have a few ways to make your home look truly polished when they’re finished with these necessary repairs. Not only is recent maintenance good for your bottom line, it might even improve your curb appeal with a smooth and beautiful-looking new materials. Your restoration might offer to do a few little extras, like repairing or improving your gutters while they’re working.
Let Your Buyers Know the Home is Recently Maintained
Once your home is fully repaired and beautified by the restoration team, it’s time to get right back on the market. Be sure that you mention recent maintenance and quality assurance from your restoration team to new buyers to help increase the well-maintained value of your home. Buyers like a house that has clearly been kept in great condition with ongoing repairs. In highly competitive markets, it may be necessary to have regular maintenance to stay in the top tier of well-maintained homes.
If a storm hits while your home is on the market, don’t worry. This is something our Satin Touch restoration team is prepared to handle. A restoration touch-up is not just a quick service you can schedule, it can also potentially increase the final sale price of your home. All you need to do is get in touch with your restoration team for inspection and speedy repairs. Let them know your home is on the market and they may even have a few helpful extras they can offer to make your home even more attractive from the roof down. Contact us to begin your consultation on recent storm damage and the restoration steps you can take to get your house right back to beautiful and market-ready.