Our last blog post covered the importance of roof inspections and offered tips for navigating the home buying process. Understanding inspections as they relate to selling a home is just as crucial, especially if your roof needs to be repaired or replaced.

If that is the case, you might wonder if you should attempt to continue with the sale as-is, lower your asking price or pay for the repairs yourself first. There is a lot you should consider before placing your home on the market, and it all begins with an inspection.

According to one study, roughly four out of five homes sold in the U.S. undergo a professional home inspection prior to being purchased. Some lenders require a home pass an inspection before approving a loan. Buyers use them less to judge the value of the home – which is often determined by location, square footage and amenities – but more to ensure the home they’re purchasing doesn’t have underlying problems that could cost thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars to fix after the sale goes through.


While home inspections are often thought of as a tool for buyers, they can be useful for sellers as well. In fact, many experts recommend you have a prelisting home inspection done well before putting your home on the market. Finding and fixing a problem before a buyer spots it ensures you don’t give the buyer the upper hand in negotiations.

Though it may sound counter-intuitive, addressing major concerns ahead of time could save you money. Spending a few thousand dollars on roof repairs now may prevent a potential buyer from claiming the home will need an entire reroof and attempting to knock even more than the cost of repairs off the sale price.

Before you put your home on the market or invest in a total reroof or roof repairs, it’s always in your best interest to schedule a roof inspection with a trusted local roofer.



If your pre-listing inspection shows that your roof is nearing the end of its useful life, you may wonder whether you will need to replace it before you can sell. Having a thorough roof inspection performed by your own expert can ensure you make an educated choice that will maximize your sale profit.

Though general and FHA home inspectors will aim to determine the quality and remaining lifespan of the roof, inspections performed by roofing professionals you hire will provide you with a more in-depth and accurate assessment of its structure. These inspections are the most reliable way to determine:

  • Age

  • Ventilation quality

  • Materials used

  • Approximate cost of repairs or replacement

Like mold, foundation problems and leaky plumbing, roof issues can be a deal breaker when it comes to selling a house. If you can afford to make the minimum necessary repairs, it is in your best interest to do so. This will be one less concern for potential buyers and can help you close as quickly as possible.


In some instances, it may not be feasible for you to replace or perform extensive repairs on the roof before selling. You can still try to sell the house despite the roof’s condition, just be aware that there are possible consequences, such as:

  • Your sale price may be negatively affected

  • Lenders may require repairs be made before closing

  • If the lender determines there is not adequate roof life left, they may entirely refuse to fund the purchase

  • FHA loans require a minimum of two years of roof life for loan approval


Though some buyers may be willing to meet in the middle or overlook the need for a roof replacement in the near future, as a seller you may not want to bank on that scenario. The likelihood of buyer flexibility in regard to roof or other major repair costs has a lot to do with the market.

If there are many homes for sale in the area for a similar price, chances are high that buyers will be more discerning. If your home is one of the few on the market, is in a particularly desirable location or possesses other exceptional attributes, you may have more leeway in terms of roof quality and life expectancy.

Schedule a Roof Inspection Today!

If you are seriously considering listing your home, it is crucial you schedule a roof inspection with trusted, professional roofers. The more you know about your roof’s condition, the stronger your negotiating position will be. Aspenmark Roofing & Solar has been providing the Dallas-Fort Worth area with quality roofing services for more than a decade. To schedule an inspection or repairs, call 214-823-7663 or visit us online.