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Planning to Sell Your Home? Here Are 3 Reasons to Get a Roof Inspection NOW!

Selling a home is stressful even when everything goes right. There is A LOT of time, energy, paperwork, and emotions that go into it, and even small complications can feel like massive burdens.


So, when homeowners ask us if they should get a roof inspection before they list their home, our answer is always yes!


Not only does it pay to be safe than sorry, but it can also help prevent issues during the process. Knowledge is power, and this is especially true when selling a home, so getting a roof inspection early is just plain smart! Read on to learn the three main ways getting a roof inspection can help you on your home selling journey (#3 may surprise you!).


1. Don’t Let Your Roof Make You Fail Your Home Inspection 

You may already know that an official home inspection will have to be done before you close. Home inspectors are usually third-party companies that are unbiased in the final report. They are also expertly trained to spot problems that could devalue your home or kill the deal entirely – like a bad roof, mold, etc.

Since you are familiar with your home, there could be issues that you’re not even aware of. That’s why a roof inspection can save you a ton of stress in the long run and help spot any problems before they make it on the final report.


2. Don’t Let Your Roof Devalue Your Home

Your roof makes up about 40% of the overall curb appeal of your home. Missing shingles, existing damage, and debris buildup can send a huge red flag to potential home-buyers. Even worse, a roof in bad shape can lower your home’s overall value. Knowing how much life your roof system has left can help you through the negotiations process, should you decide not to replace it.


3. Don’t Let Your Roof Prevent Your Home From Selling Or Slow The Process

If your home has been impacted by hail or severe weather and still has damage, it can throw a wrench into your plans to sell.


If hail damage makes its way onto the home inspection report, you have a few options:


- You Ignore It

Many buyers will back out of the sale if you don’t plan to fix the issue. Also, the majority of insurance companies won’t insure the property for another buyer due to known damage. This is a no-win situation for anyone.


- File A Claim

In most cases, storm damage is covered by homeowner’s insurance. This is good news because you won’t be out of pocket for a full roof or repairs, but the home sale process will have to be extended.


- Designate Claim to Buyer

Similar to scenario #2, you file a claim, but instead of waiting to get repairs done, you assign the claim benefits to the home buyer. As the seller, you will still be responsible for the deductible, but this puts the responsibility of the work on the new owner. Insurance companies and lenders will not usually allow this.


The best-case scenario, especially if you have hail damage, is to get a roof inspection now and before you list your home. This way, while you are hunting for new homes, filing paperwork and getting a loan, the work on your roof will be done when you are ready to list.

Plus, a new roof adds home value, which could mean a higher listing price. Now that’s a win-win!


Have questions or need more information? We’re happy to help! Click here to schedule a roof inspection today.


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Prevent These Costly Problems With A Roof Inspection

Have you ever heard the saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”? This is true for many things that require maintenance to perform best, like your health, your car, and your home. But this is especially true when it comes to your roof! If you’re like most homeowners, you’re probably thinking, “there’s not a hole in mine, so what’s the big deal?”


You may be surprised to learn that your roof could have problems, even if it’s not leaking right now.


Several things cause roof problems. Hail and strong winds usually cause noticeable signs of a problem like missing roof shingles. But other types of damage, like installation errors, manufacturer defects, and worn out roof flashing, can cause problems that lead to leaks.

If you don’t fix roof problems right away, the damage can spread to other areas of your home. Scary right? Read on to learn how getting a professional roof inspection can avoid these costly problems. #3 on the list is super important!


1. Mold

Your roof is the single most important way to keep water out of your home. That’s why most problems lead to roof leaks. Once water makes its way past a roof’s protective barrier, all bets are off. Water can soak into the insulation, wooden support beams, plywood, and more. The heat in your attic and water-soaked materials create an environment ripe for mold growth.

This four-letter word is enough to send shivers down anyone’s spine. Mold is something that even experienced homeowners fear, and rightfully so. It can cause all sorts of health problems AND expensive repairs. Getting routine roof inspections is an easy way to prevent this situation from happening.


2. Roof Repairs

Typical asphalt roofs can last anywhere from 15-25 years… if they are maintained! Hail and other storm damage can weaken parts of your roofing system, reducing its overall lifespan. Costly repairs happen when damage is not fixed right away.


3. Reduced Home Value

Your roof makes up about 40% of your home’s curb appeal. If it's in bad shape, it can easily distract from the beauty of your home and lower its value.

This is especially true if you are looking to sell your home soon. Most home buyers will avoid properties with roof issues due to the high cost of repairs. What’s worse is, problems are often noted in inspection reports. Roofing issues are among the top reasons real estate deals don’t make it to closing.


Want To Avoid Costly Roof Problems?

If this question has you screaming “YES!” then you need to schedule a free inspection today! An expert member of our team will meet with you, fully inspect your home and give you a comprehensive evaluation of your roof’s condition. Click here to get started.


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Is Your Home Outdated? Here’s How to Tell:

If your home is 15 years or older, features that were once “standard” are now turn-offs for potential buyers. If you’re thinking about listing your home, that’s probably not the best news. Afterall, no homeowner wants to hear their home is “outdated,” or the sale price should be lowered.


The good news is making small improvements to your home will not only entice new home buyers, but some projects can increase your home’s value! So, if you are worried about curb appeal, thinking about selling your home, or interested in maximizing home value, this post is for you!

  • Learn what home features are considered outdated (#2 may surprise you!)
  • Learn the most common home features that turn off new home-buyers
  • Learn what you can update to maximize your home’s value

Here are the top 10 home features you should change ASAP if you plan to sell soon:


1. Popcorn Ceilings

We had to start here. Popcorn, cottage cheese, or textured ceilings were standard 30 years ago, but today they scream HUGE PROJECT to potential home buyers. Textured ceilings add shadows, giving the illusion of dark and low ceilings, which you don’t want. Not to mention the risk of asbestos.

One important note: If your home was built before 1979, get the ceiling material tested for asbestos before you do anything.


2. Poor Curb Appeal

First impressions are everything, especially when it comes to selling your home. While most people will focus on improving their landscaping, there’s a bigger area you should be concerned about: your roof.

Your roof makes up about 40% of the overall curb appeal of your home. Missing shingles, existing damage, and debris buildup can send a huge red flag to potential home buyers.

While it may seem like a big expense to get a new roof or fix repairs, doing so before you list your home can get you more money at closing. One study showed that a new roof could increase a home’s overall value by at least $12k.


3. Bathroom Carpet

Bathroom carpets - one of the many great ideas of the 90s. The truth is they are a bacterial breeding ground and put you at risk for mold. Rip up that carpet and lay down easy to clean tile.


4. Laminate / Tile Countertops

Tile counter tops are inconvenient, hard to clean, and hard to fix. Laminate counter tops can’t handle the heat a kitchen counter should, and it screams the 90’s. Either option signals a remodel for potential buyers - the more work they think they have to do, the more scared they get.

Avoid spooking potential buyers by replacing those outdated countertops with marble, granite, quartz, wood, stainless steel, concrete, or soapstone, depending on your home and the neighborhood.


5. Dated Fixtures & Hardware

Shiny brass or gold hardware will instantly take your buyers back to the 80s. Switching them for more contemporary materials like brushed nickel is a relatively inexpensive way to make your kitchen and bathrooms instantly look more modern. If you decide to make the switch, make sure you cover all your bases, so your house matches throughout. Make sure to check your cabinet hinges and pulls, your door handles, and your lighting fixtures.


6.  Storm Damage

So, this one isn’t exactly a flashback home feature, but it is something all sellers should be aware of, exterior storm damage. Why is it such a big deal? In one recent survey, 44% of people said storm damage and costly repairs were their #1 fear in owning a home.

One way to put potential buyer’s minds at ease is to get a professional roof inspection BEFORE you list your home. This way, you can have proof that your roof and home are safe!


7.  Exterior

New siding ranks as HGTV’s #1 upgrade to add value to a home. Old and faded or cracked siding severely damages curb appeal and lumps a home into the “fixer-upper” category. If potential buyers see a damaged and unappealing exterior, they won’t expect much more from the inside. Replacing siding instantly boosts curb appeal. Refreshing the yard with new shrubs and flowers also adds curb appeal and makes the home more marketable.


8. Wallpaper Borders

The ’90s called, and they want their wallpaper back. What was once a very popular design is now officially outdated and for good reason! Eyes are drawn to the difference between the border and wall paint and make a room feel smaller. If you have this in your home, the good news is it’s not that hard to take down.


9.  Paint

A fresh coat of paint can go a long way when selling your home! Not only is it easy to do in a weekend, but it’s also budget-friendly. New paint will add to your home’s value by giving rooms an updated, clean look. Just make sure to choose neutral colors!


10. Energy Savings

If your home is at least 20 years old, it may have some energy deficiencies, including a lack of insulation, faulty windows, etc. This can scare off younger home-buyers who are most interested in green home improvements and energy costs.


One improvement you can make before you list your home is adding attic insulation. It won’t do anything for a house’s visual appeal, but it does much to improve a home’s energy-efficiency which will please home-buyers. Plus, most projects have a 250% ROI!


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Surprise! These 8 DIY Projects Require a Permit

It may seem like a hassle to get a permit for a simple DIY project, but there are several home improvements that actually require you to go through the permit application process. Without a permit, your insurance company could deny your claim should something go wrong during the project. We don’t want to see that happen to you. Here’s a list of 8 DIY projects that require a permit before you get started.

 

1. Installing a gas stove

2. Replacing windows or doors

3. Building a deck

4. Putting up a fence

5. Installing a storm shelter or safe room

6. Remodeling a kitchen or bathroom

7. Installing new electrical wiring

8. Replacing a gas water heater

 

Chicago offers an Easy Permit Process for many of these projects. You can learn more about it here.

 

If you need the windows replaced on your Chicagoland home, you can skip going through the permit process altogether by letting Baltic Exteriors handle your window replacement project. We take care of everything for you.Contact us today to learn more about our award-winning contracting services.

How to Select the Best Color for Your Roof

Congratulations! You’ve decided to invest in a new roof for your home. But, how do you go about selecting the color that perfectly complements your home’s exterior?

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3 Reasons to Upgrade Your Floodlight This Fall

We all know floodlights are excellent for security, but that old floodlight you’ve had for years may not be doing as good of a job as it could. According to the experts at BobVila.com, the newest floodlights on the market offer three great features that make them worth your investment this fall.

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3 Reasons Roofing is Not a DIY Project

We get it. You like to save money. Who doesn’t? Many homeowners save a lot of money on their home maintenance work by skipping the contractor and doing the work on their own. In some cases, however, tackling these jobs on your own is a very bad idea. Roofing is one of those jobs.

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How to Identify & Remove Stains on Your Roof

Nobody wants to see unsightly stains on the roof of their house. For many homeowners in the Chicagoland area, identifying the root cause of the stain is the largest part of the battle. We found a great article, How to Distinguish Roof Stain by Type of Cause, Color , Source, that we believe can be of help. This article will help you identify what caused the stain, remove it safely, and then prevent it from happening again.

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10 Items to Discuss With Your Contractor Before Work Begins

Working with a contractor can be a pleasant experience or a stressful ordeal, depending on how you approach it. For some homeowners, having a stranger working in or around their home for several hours a day is nerve-wracking. That’s why it’s so important to discuss the particulars of a home improvement project with your contractor before they get started working at your home.

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6 Benefits of Fiber-Cement Siding

Vinyl siding is great for improving your home’s outward appearance, but many environmentally-conscious consumers are touting the benefits of using fiber-cement siding instead. If you are considering updating your home’s exterior with this more expensive siding option, this article by Dan Chiras of Mother Earth News may be useful in helping you determine whether fiber-cement siding is the right choice for you.

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