Roof repairs are one of the most costly aspects of home ownership. That’s why when it comes to home purchases, the roof is one of the first areas clients want inspected, according to Ariane Benjamin, realtor at vancouvertownhouse.ca.
“The Autumn is a spectacular season for many people in Vancouver, and a personal favourite, but it’s important to keep those gutters clean! Delaying that little chore can lead to flooding or even a cracked foundation, a nightmare if you’re planning to sell your home,” says Ariane.
Rain gutters and downspouts channel damaging water away from the home and its foundation. When these clog up with colourful autumn leaves and other less poetic debris, water can end up pooling and drain towards the basement or foundation of the house, which can lead to flooding and foundation damage. This can also lead to a cascade of other problems such as wood rot, staining, mould, and mildew.
“Roof repairs are typically not something people think about until there’s a problem,” says Ariane. “Houses that have a lot of trees around them require more frequent attention. In fact, it’s a good idea to have your gutters professionally cleaned once a year. This will help extend the life of your roof and preserve the condition and appearance of your home—a major factor when it comes to selling!”
Autumn is the second most popular season for home sales after spring. However, a shift in the weather means a little extra effort may be required if you’re selling your home.
“An experienced realtor will be able to provide you with the guidance and advice to get your home into tip-top shape,” says Ariane. “There are key factors that everyone looks at when buying a home—and the roof is certainly one of them. It’s worth taking the effort to care for it, so you don’t have to negotiate and compromise later on.”
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