Selling House With A Flat Roof
There are many properties throughout the UK that have a flat roof, and you might find there are extra challenges when selling a flat roof house.
Your top questions when selling a house with a flat roof
✅ How do I know whether my house's roof is considered flat?
A flat roof at a freehold or leasehold house, flat or other type of property is one that is either completely level or that has a pitch of less than 10 degrees. This type of roof will qualify your home as being a non-standard construction property, because conventional homes are built with sloped or highly pitched roofs that are usually made with tile or slate.
✅ Are there any benefits to owning a home with a flat roof?
Yes, houses that have a flat roof can have some advantages, including the fact that it will maximise the space available to you in the rooms directly underneath the roof. In homes that have sloped roofs, this can take up a large amount of space below. Some buyers may also prefer how a flat roof looks, and will therefore see it as a welcome aspect of your home.
✅ What are the drawbacks of having a property with a flat roof?
There are a few negative aspects associated with freehold or leasehold properties that have a flat roof, and this could make it more difficult to find a buyer for the home in some cases. One major drawback of a flat roof is that it can be more prone to damage during storms or other extreme weather events, resulting in leaks that can damage the interior rooms below.
✅ Could a buyer get a mortgage for a home that has a flat roof?
Possibly, but they might face much higher interest rates and other conditions compared to a home loan for buying a conventional property. That’s because lenders might need to sell the house again to recoup their costs if the buyer defaults on the mortgage, and the home loan provider might worry that it will be hard to sell the house because of the flat roof.
✅ If my home's flat roof is damaged, should I repair it before selling?
It’s your decision to make and you should consider all of the relevant important factors, such as how much time and money it will cost you to repair the roof before selling. Doing so can help in preventing buyers from lowering their offers on your property, which they might do in order to account for the funds it will cost them to fix the roof if they purchase your house.
✅ How much can I expect to pay in fees when selling my home with a flat roof?
If you sell your home using an estate agent then you can expect to pay commission within a range from 1.15 percent to 1.40 percent of the property’s final sale price or more, whereas it’s even higher at an average of 2.5 percent if you sell through a property auctioneer. But selling on your own or selling to a quick home buyer are two ways to avoid paying any commission.
✅ What is the swiftest method to find a buyer for a property with a flat roof?
Often the quickest way to sell your house with a flat roof is by contacting LDN Properties or another fast home buying company, because they can finalise the purchase within a handful of weeks. That’s much swifter than selling without any assistance, selling with an auctioneer or selling via an estate agent, because those options can all take at least several months.
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