Benefits of a Roof Inspection Before Buying a House
Buying a home is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make. It can be an exciting journey, but no journey is without some daunting challenges. These challenges may include deadlines and inspections, along with negotiations. You likely want the whole process to be over so you can enjoy your new home. However, these things are necessary. You and your family need to be sure that the home you are buying is up to standard so that it can protect you and keep you comfortable.
Why Are Roof Inspections Necessary Before Buying a House?
You likely know that mortgage companies need proof of certain inspections before they grant you a home loan. A professional inspector needs to go through a checklist to ensure that all the important aspects of the property, like the electrical and plumbing system. They also need to check your roof.
What Do We Look for in a Roof Inspection?
Following through with roof inspections before buying a house offers more than home loan opportunities. They also let you and your family know what you are buying. Here are a few things you will know after a roof inspection:
The most important thing to look out for is an upcoming roof replacement. Roofs don’t last forever. If the roof has not been maintained by previous owners, it will need a replacement soon. Although the age of the roof is not the most reliable aspect to determine whether it needs a roof replacement, it certainly plays a role. For instance, if the roof is 50 years old, you know that a roof replacement is imminent. A licensed roof inspector will be able to tell you if your new roof has permanent damage, such as broken shingles and big gaps in the flashing. A professional roof inspector should provide a thorough roof assessment by checking your attic and roof carefully for serious damage.
It is also important to look for minor damage that may have been caused by storms or falling trees. We look for damaged or missing shingles, peeling, sagging, and rot. The inspector should also check your gutters, attic, and your roof underside for water damage. They should also check for signs of leaks inside the house. These problems may only require some minor repairs instead of an entire roof replacement.
Roof Inspection Checklist
Roof Plus follows a detailed checklist, so we don’t miss anything when we inspect your roof. No matter what kind of roof you have, we will be able to inspect it for damages. Our checklist includes inspections of the following:
- Vented parts of your roof
- Skylight conditions
- Plant growth around your roof
- Damaged membrane
- Water damage
How Much Does a Roof Inspection Cost and How Long Will It Take?
Roof inspections can cost anything between $120-$300, depending on the type of roof you have. Our inspectors will take a little over an hour to put together a detailed analysis of your roof’s condition and provide an estimate. It may also take some more time to discuss the inspection with the homeowner.
The Benefits of a Roof Inspection
Did you know that a roof inspection can make the negotiations slightly easier? Knowing the precise condition of the roof will help you agree on an appropriate price and fair terms for the sale. Getting a roof inspection before buying a house creates a fair ground for both the seller and buyer. If the roof is in great condition, the seller can increase the price accordingly. However, if the roof is due for a replacement soon, the seller may have to decrease the selling price. A basic assessment is not good enough to determine the true condition of the roof.
As a new homeowner, the last thing you want is to deal with additional expensive repairs or replacements. Don’t let there be any surprises when you move into your new humble abode.
Hire a Licensed Roof Inspector
While the mortgage company might send a standard inspector out to your new home, they may not pay attention to the finer details like Roof Plus. Our professional roofs won’t take any shortcuts. Not only do we want you to get your house for a better and fair price, but we also want you to be safe in your new home. That is why you should trust our residential roofing inspections.
As you can see there are benefits of a roof inspection when buying or selling your home. If you would like to schedule a roof inspection with Roof Plus, contact us at (732) 899-8118 or schedule one online.