If you are planning to sell your Ann Arbor home within the next year, you may want to consider making some improvements that may make your home more appealing to potential buyers. We are not saying that you should go and add an addition to your home or completely remodel, but making certain repairs and improvements can improve your home’s curb appeal. Most importantly, it could reduce the amount of haggling points or concessions on price you may encounter with your buyer when closing time arrives. Consider the following areas for improvements:

Item 1: Repairing Your Roof

One of the first things potential buyers will look at when shopping for a home in Ann Arbor is the roof. How old is your roof and does it show signs of wear and tear that signal it is time for a shingle roof replacement?

If your roof has problems – aesthetic or otherwise – your buyer’s home inspection could bring a crashing halt to the sale. A roof that is in poor condition can be a deal breaker when it comes to selling your home and may require you to reduce your selling price by tens of thousands of dollars.

Consult with a roofing professional to help determine whether a full shingle roof replacement will bring about a solid return on investment.

Item 2: Painting Your Siding

Maintaining the exterior of your home is considered general maintenance. When a potential buyer looks at a home, in their mind they are not expecting to have to do any major maintenance for at least the next five years. Refreshing your home’s exterior with a fresh coat of paint and repairing any broken pieces of siding will help improve its appearance and improve its curb appeal.

Sprucing Up Your Windows

If your home has older, single-pane windows, it may be a good idea to replace them with newer, more energy-efficient windows.  With a full year in advance, it will give the windows time to prove their worth by impacting your energy bills – translating into additional home value to a potential buyer.

If your windows do not require upgrading, visually inspect the frames and sashing for any signs of damage. Remove any damaged glazing and recaulk to prevent drafts.

Upgrading Your Bathrooms

A dingy bathroom can be a turnoff to homebuyers. It is not overly expensive to replace stained or outdated sinks or toilets. If your tub or shower could use some attention, consider resurfacing instead of replacing to update its appearance. Be sure to replace any leaking or tarnished fixtures to freshen up your bathroom’s appeal.


Best of luck in your endeavors to prepare your home for selling.  For help with shingle roof repair or replacement projects, contact the local team at Victors Roofing.

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