Winter Damage and the Value of Your Home Part 2
The value of your home is greatly influenced by its condition. In places like Raleigh, which can be hit exceptionally hard by inclement weather during winter, the condition of your home can quickly deteriorate if you fail to implement repairs in a timely manner or neglect to fix your damaged home at all. When the time comes to sell your home, your lack of diligence can squander your ability to find a buyer. Luckily, there’s more than one way to sell a house, and we buy houses for cash in Raleigh, NC, regardless of their condition.
In part one of this two-part article, our home buying professionals discussed the effect winter damage can have on the value of your home. Now, we will continue to discuss this topic by focusing on damage to your home’s exterior, siding, and driveway.
The Cold and Your Home’s Exterior
The sheer cold of North Carolina’s winters can pummel your home’s exterior. When you add snow and hailstones to this formula, the toll it takes on your house can grow exponentially. What starts as peeling paint can lead to damaged siding. Eventually, moisture will wick through your home leading to wood rot and other complications. While repainting your home’s exterior is a relatively quick fix, older homes may find it challenging to find paint tones that perfectly match their home’s existing color. Repainting an entire home can be a very costly endeavor.
Harsh Winters Will Damage Your Home’s Siding
As we mentioned above, peeling paint can lead to moisture in the walls of your home, and as a result, wood rot. However, the damage to your home’s siding doesn’t stop there. Hailstones and fallen tree limbs, two staples of winter storms, can also damage the siding. Aluminum siding is susceptible to denting and vinyl siding can be cracked, and since your home’s siding is essentially its first line of defense from all types of weather, failing to institute the necessary repairs can limit the saliency and salability of your home.
Frost Heaves and Driveway Damage
Winter can also have a severe effect on your driveway. Sealing your driveway before winter arrives is one way to counteract damage from the cold, but if you don’t, frost heaves can lead to large, deep cracks, and potholes. Repaving a driveway can cost upwards of $1,000, and a damaged driveway can limit your ability to sell your home on the traditional real estate market. If you’re having trouble selling your home, contact the homebuying professionals at Real Estate Solutions Providers, we buy homes for cash in Raleigh, NC.
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