Most homebuyers do not spend too much time contemplating the roof. Unless it is unique or has something wrong with it, many buyers do not give it much thought. They simply inquire about the age and possibly have it inspected.
A brief moment examining the roof can tell you a lot about a home. This is not to simply look at the quality or condition of the shingles. It is more to get you to step back and see the quality of the build. If you are comparing homes with different roof styles and do not assign this a value, it could end up costing you thousands when it comes time to sell.
An Open Gable is a common and inexpensive style roof.
A Hip roof is more labor intensive and requires more skill to build.
Now place either of these next to a Hip and Valley roof you easily see a big difference not only in the roof but also the structure of the home.
There really is no comparison when it comes to curb appeal of this home. Also notice how some of the more appealing building features come at cost – namely the loss of potential square footage. Even if you are not familiar with construction, you can see why this style of home is more attractive and why it cost more to build.
On a 2500 square foot home, an upgrade from a gable to a hip roof might add an additional $10,000 in value. A similar upgrade to hip and valley roof could add $25,000 or more depending on the detail and added cost to the structure.
Looking at homes from the top down may not seem exciting. But it should help you see beyond the décor and price per square foot into the real craftsmanship it took to build a home. Hopefully, this will help you see things from a different perspective and perhaps slow you down where you can pick up on things that other buyers miss.
This is one of the techniques I was taught as a sales manager in the home building industry. We used this as a tool to help better evaluate the competition. If you have other questions about home construction or would like assistance evaluating a prospective home or homes, please contact us.