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Get Top Dollar by Making the Improvements before Listing

When it comes to getting your home ready to sell there are quite a few things you need to do to get it market ready. Most buyers are willing to do simple repairs such as paint the walls, put in new carpeting or replace light fixtures but they typically don’t want to rebuild a foundation, move walls, or invest in a new roof.

Having to buy a new roof will deter many home buyers. The cost and work involved in tearing off the sheathing, repairing rafters and other costs are more worry than many home buyers will want to deal with. For most buyers, a move-in ready home is the most attractive buy. If you don’t make repairs, you will limit the number of potential buyers to your home.


Here are 10 minimum improvements to make before selling your home:


*Patch all holes and cracks in walls and ceilings.

*Fix all broken appliances and HVAC systems.

*Repair leaky faucets.

*Replace worn carpeting.

*Repaint dark or marred walls with neutral paint (not white).

*Replace broken windows.

*Repair or replace the roof.

*Change out dated light fixtures / ceiling fans.

*Replace old linens / window coverings.

*Fix code violations.


Fixer-upper buyers will discount the price of the home to allow for the repairs and, for the inconvenience, a bit more. Say, a home is worth $100,000 fixed up, but it needs a new roof. A new roof might cost $10,000. A buyer most likely will not offer $90,000 for this home. Otherwise, they could buy an identical home with a new roof for $100,000 and not have the hassle. What does this tell you, invest in a new roof and command a higher price. The other thing to keep in mind is that buyers know asphalt really only has a shelf life of 10-15 years. When they see a metal roof they know it will last, even in severe weather! Erie Construction of Evansville, Indiana is a trusted leader in the industry and would love to show you why metal will be the last roof you’ll ever need.

Invest in Metal Roofing & you’ll Never Look Back

If you’re tired of dealing with roofing problems, you’re not alone! So many homeowners gravitate to asphalt because it’s the most common solution. It’s the best “deal” out there and is everywhere! However, when you consider all of the problems and limitations that asphalt has, is it really the best deal? Experts say, no! Asphalt  doesn’t hold up in severe weather conditions especially strong winds and only has a shelf life of 10-15 years. That’s it! Over the life of your home, metal roofing is the most economical roofing material available.

When it’s time to replace your roof, there’s a lot to consider. If you want the last roof you’ll ever need than you really should consider a metal roof. Most come with a  50+-year warranty, a hail penetration warranty and a wind warranty up to 120 miles per hour. That’s amazing and a huge difference when you compare it to asphalt. I mean there really is no comparison.

Energy efficiency is another benefit to metal. You will see a reduction in energy costs during summer and winter months. Metal roofing can be installed over an existing roof, which creates even more insulation from temperature extremes. Metal Roofing reflects 70% of the sun’s energy. This minimizes heat retention and as a result less heat is transferred into the building’s structure. In fact, research by the Florida Solar Energy Center showed that metal experienced a 34% less heat gain than asphalt shingles.

Erie Construction of Evansville, Indiana is a trusted leader in the industry and would love to come out and show you our high quality product!  Our roofs are far superior to other products on the market and will provide you with durability, a long lasting appearance and a roof that protects your family from the elements. No longer will you have to consider a new roof every 10-15 years! Invest in metal and you’ll never look back!

Want to Sell your House? You Better Pay Attention
| June 10, 2013 | 8:00 AM | Metal Roof, Metal Roof Pictures, Remodeling | No comments

You want to sell your home? There are certain tricks you can do to spice it up and get the buyers interested. Aside from just a few tricks, experts say you need to make sure, “the meat of the house is in good shape.”  First, let’s tackle what experts, refer to as “staging.” This is basically, showcasing the best side of a home to create interest and help you get top dollar.

First up, make room. Clear out as much furniture as you can. Put it in storage, give it to charity or have a garage sale. Too much stuff looks cramped and cluttered. You want it to look spacious. Next up.  Clear out your counters. Go through the house and clear off all the horizontal surfaces like kitchen and bathroom countertops. Old magazines? Toss ‘em. Knick-knacks? Pack ‘em. Counters need to be clear and clean. What about the smell test? A home should smell good. That means no noticeable odor, no pet scent, no stale cooking smells and no cigarette smoke.

Next, you must make your home ageless. There’s a difference between an old house and a classic home.  Keep everything fresh and up-to-date. Also, let there be light. If the whole house is dark, that’s a problem. So open the blinds. Turn on all the lights. Add lights in rooms that are dark. Also, avoid controversy. If you have a deer head on the wall, you might want to take it down. It will be a turnoff to some buyers. Lastly, keep it clean. This means, no dust, cobwebs or trash.

Ok, now that you know the top staging secrets, let’s talk a little about the “meat of the house.” This means, make sure kitchens and bathrooms are sparkling and up to date. Also, is your foundation free from problems including cracks? These are all deal breakers that local realtors see daily. Next up, how’s the shape of your roof? If you have an old, asphalt roof you absolutely have to repair of replace it. This is a no brainer for inspectors. Here’s the deal regarding asphalt, it’s a popular option because of it’s price and availability but it’s shelf life is only 10-15 years! Yes, this means you will have to replace it often. Metal roofing is fast becoming a popular roofing option because unlike asphalt, it will withstand even the worst inclement weather. Plus, inspectors say it’s the last roof you’ll ever need. Erie Construction of Evansville, Indiana is a trusted leader in the industry and we’d love to show you why metal roofing has become the “go to” roofing option for thousands of homeowners!

Roofing Issues Every 10-15 Years? That’s Asphalt for you!

There are so many roofing options for your home nowadays but the most popular of all remains asphalt.  In fact, an estimated 80% of all American houses are built with asphalt roof shingles. It’s no wonder why. It’s readily available and asphalt is the cheaper of the choices.

The biggest problems with asphalt shingles is that while they are certainly popular and easily less expensive than other roof materials, a common complaint about asphalt shingles has to do with their durability. The problem is that asphalt shingles have been known to become damaged before their warranty expires, and if the manufacturer determines your roofer didn’t install the roof according to “specifications,” you’ll be out of luck.

The other major issue with asphalt is that if you don’t like the idea of having to replace your roof every 10-15 years you really should look for another roofing material. 10-15 years is the max you’ll really get on an asphalt roof without signs of significant damage. Bald spots, worn areas, roof discoloration and pieces that have blown off due to inclement weather, are all problems you’ll see.

If all of this isn’t worth the savings you really need to look into the benefits of a metal roof. Local home inspectors say these roofs will hold up to any and all severe weather episodes including the highest of winds. Plus, many say it’s the last roof you’ll ever need! If all that plus added resale value sounds good to you, Erie Construction of Evansville, Indiana would love to chat with you on the many benefits of a metal roof.  For years,  we have been a trusted leader in the industry because of the quality product we offer and the honest way we do business.

Why Metal Roofs have Becoming So Popular

A roof is something most of us don’t want to bother with or think about. The truth of the matter is that if you have an asphalt roof, (many people do) you are going to have to replace it every 10-15  years! Ouch! Asphalt is popular because it’s relatively cheap and is readily available. Whether you like it or not, a roof is incredibly valuable to your home.  It can be a beautiful accent to your house or business or an ugly nightmare causing thousands of dollars  in damage to your home or business.
Think about it,  the one thing that any structure must have is a roof. It is the most important component to any structure protecting you and others from rain wind snow and disaster. So why would you even think of cutting corners when it comes to your roof? If you’re tired of dealing with roofing issues every time inclement weather rolls in, you really should consider metal roofs. Local inspectors say, they will stand up to any weather condition and will be the last roof you’ll ever need!

Whatever you do, make sure you choose the right metal roofing contractor. You want a company that will show the pros and cons of each roofing material and who treats you like family. Erie Construction of Evansville, Indiana is a trusted leader in the metal roofs industry because we offer the highest quality product at a fair and honest price. This is how we built our stellar reputation and it’s why much of our business is from referrals from our satisfied customers. We will be there for you from start to finish. One thing that sets us apart is that if you need us after your job is complete, we will be there for you then, as well. If you are interested in learning more about roofing materials we would love to sit down with you and show you why many are going metal and never turning back!