Homebuying calls for a detailed eye to spot potential money pits, including the roof.
Buying a new home comes with mixed emotions, but mostly it’s an exciting time to find a home you can begin to set roots in. Aside from focusing on the fun elements such as stainless steel appliances and sprawling backyard with a pool and spa, are the details you can’t overlook — features such as a good, reliable roof. While this may not be as exhilarating, it’s practical and may keep you from financial insecurity and money pits in the future so your home buying experience can remain a fun and positive one.
Not all roofing companies are the same, and at Brett Hayse Exterior Specialists, we want to arm you with the knowledge to better identify a roof’s condition making your home buying process a breeze! Join us in today’s post as we examine what you, the new home buyer, need to look for in a roof of a prospective home.
Your new home has all the curb appeal — eye-catching landscaping and beautiful new exterior paint, but what does the roof look like?
Assess Your Future Home By The Roof’s Condition
The reason we’re really hitting home with what the roof’s condition is, is that a new roof is an expensive investment, and having to front that bill after you purchase a new home is a stressful way to begin homeownership. Below are a few things to keep in mind when hunting for your new home.
Visually Inspect The Roof
What does the roof look like just upon a visual inspection? Does it fit with the rest of the exterior aesthetics, or does it look worn and tattered among the new paint? Some common signs of wear and tear include:
- Curled shingles
- Mold and moss growth
- Loose or missing shingles
- Damaged caulk
- Worn flashing
If you love the house, but the roof is not looking so great, you may want to get it professionally inspected. Roofing specialists are an amazing resource for providing better insight to what the damage is and how much it may cost to replace the roof.
It’s also important to get some background information from the current homeowners — ask them about the age of the roof and what kind of preventative maintenance they’ve performed. The older the roof, the sooner it will need to be replaced or call for repair, which is something you may be able to negotiate into your offer.
Observe the Ventilation
Not only is the exterior roofing system critical to keep an eye on, but so is the ventilation. Even when the roof is new or in good condition, poor ventilation may set you up for problems down the road. Great ventilation lets in all the good — sunlight and airflow — and keeps the bad stuff from getting in. When the ventilation is compromised, it can mean costly repairs and possible mold mitigation. As a new homeowner, this can cause stress and anxiety beyond the roof, while continuing to increase repair costs.
Audit The Gutters
Does your potential new home even have gutters? Believe it or not, some homes don’t have gutters! A gutter system is extremely important and they play a very functional role. It keeps water away from your home and prevents soil erosion that can flood basements and disrupt your home’s foundation.
Ensure your home has gutters and that they are well-maintained, clean and free from debris.
The roof’s condition is very vital in deciding whether or not to commit to buying the home in question. If it goes dismissed, you may have costly repairs down the line. But, when you know what to look for you not only know what you’re up against, but you can use it as a negotiation piece.