Even though it’s something that’s easy to overlook, the quality and condition of the roof should be a major part of the decision whenever you’re buying a new home. The seller may have already done an inspection, in which case you should ask to see the report and any disclosure forms. But if the roof hasn’t been checked, have a professional roofer make an inspection during the negotiations.

Not only will a roofer be able to offer an expert opinion about the age, quality, and condition of the roof, you can take the opportunity to ask the inspector more detailed questions about the roof than you might get from a report. Here are some questions to keep in mind.

  • Are there any signs of leaks or water damage? Even if a roof looks properly maintained, water might still be able to get inside. Ask about any patches, gaps around venting pipes, and the chimney, as well as any signs of damage from ice dams.
  • If there are any new shingles, and if so, are they the same quality as the originals? Leaks and roof damage can happen, but that’s not necessarily a sign there’s a problem. In fact, signs of replaced shingles, especially in areas susceptible to hail, windstorms, and tornadoes, means that the previous owner stayed on top of roof maintenance, which is great. However, if the repair jobs were done with low-quality shingles, those repair jobs may likely need replacement sooner or later.
  • How much would it cost to replace the roof? Size, architectural style, and materials all factor into the cost of replacing a roof. Ask the roofing expert for an estimate, even if the roof won’t need to be replaced immediately. Knowing the future cost of your roof can help you make a more informed decision about your next long-term address.

Anytime you have an expert in your home or a home you’re considering buying, prepare a list of questions for them so you’re ready and armed with as much information. Even if the seller has your best interests in mind, they may not know all the future liabilities of their roof, and more details are always better for both the buyer and the seller. If you want more tips on what to keep in mind when you’re buying and selling a home, contact us today!