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Preparing Your Home for Selling: Repairs and Replacements

Before you can put your home up for sale, you have to make sure it’s attractive enough for potential buyers to consider it and eventually close the deal.

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Part of what you need to do to prepare your home for a sale is updating it with repairs or replacements, as professional roofers would advise.

Repair vs. Replace

Some homeowners might wonder if replacing is better than repairing, and vice versa, when it comes to preparing their home for the market. The simple answer to this question is, it depends on the condition of the component you’re looking at. Some issues require only simple and cheap repairs, but there are some types of damage you can’t fix, and for those you need a professional replacement.

When to Replace

There are some parts of the home that need replacing before it can be sold. Your roof is one such important part. Your roof is one of the first things buyers will check, and its condition will greatly affect their decision to buy your property. 

Is your roofing in bad shape or near the end of its life span? If it is, you will need to have it replaced by professional roofers. Say you observe that it’s missing only a few shingles and think reshingling those areas will suffice; it’s best to ask your roofer about this. Replacing missing shingles might mean your new shingles won’t blend with the old ones which have faded and lost their granules. If that is the case, a complete replacement is a good option. 

It will also be good to replace broken windows, old and worn out appliances (if you’re leaving them in your home when you sell), and old, malfunctioning and smelly HVAC systems. 


Other parts and items in the home that do not need replacing can be repaired. For example, holes and cracks in walls and ceilings can be patched and repainted, leaky faucets can be repaired, and old walls can be made to look new with a fresh coat of paint. Your doors might also need new paint or staining.

Cost vs. Value

Before making any repair or pushing through with a replacement project, you will need to consider if the costs can be recouped. Although you will need to fix your home in order to sell it for a good price, not all updates are worth the cost.

Generally, updating your home’s exterior brings reasonable returns, not to mention faster sales. Focus on your roofing, entry and garage doors, windows and siding before spending top dollar on your interiors. Home improvements like a new kitchen or a new bathroom are very costly and you might not even need them to sell the house.

Your home should look its best before being placed on the market. Call DryTech Roofing LLC, one of the top-rated roofers in the area, for your roof repair and replacement needs. Call us at (240) 491-5600 or fill out our online form for a free estimate. We can help you in Maryland and any surrounding areas.