Buying a Home? Find Out If the Roof Needs to Be Replaced

Kitchens, bathrooms, and bedrooms: these are the areas that people most often focus on when purchasing a home. But a roof is just as important, if not more so. Replacing a roof can cost tens of thousands of dollars. And if you don't know that it needs to be replaced, the structural damage can be more significant. How can you protect yourself?

Pay More for a Complete Home Inspection

A home inspection only costs a few hundred dollars, and the costs are generally rolled into the home purchase process. But many falsely assume that the home inspection is going to cover an in-depth look at the home's roof. In fact, many home inspectors don't even climb up there to look.

If you're concerned about the roof of a home, you may want to pay more for a professional roof inspection. The roof inspector will actually climb up on the roof and look for potential leaks. They will also be able to age the roof, if you haven't had any confirmation on how old it is.

Look for Signs of Neglect

If other areas of the home have been neglected, the roof probably has too. Fortunately, there are several ways to identify problems with the roof, such as by looking at the gutters and seeing whether they're clean. If the foundation is overgrown and has cracks from tree roots and shrubs, the roof likely hasn't been properly cared for.

Inside of the home, you may want to look for stains, cracks, and other indications that the roof could be leaking or that the foundation could be settling. Often, these things will go hand in hand, as the foundation can impact the roof in negative ways. 

If you want to look at the roof yourself, you can look for things such as missing shingles or poorly done patchwork. You may see material that is torn or out of place or that the shingles themselves have degraded. Old asphalt shingles will look deteriorated and dusty. 

Get a Quote for Repairs

Before you move forward with a home that has roof issues, you may want to get a professional quote for the repairs. Roof issues could cost anything from a few thousand dollars to tens of thousands of dollars, which makes it necessary to know exactly what you're dealing with.

But that doesn't mean that you shouldn't buy a home that has roof damage. Roof damage may not extend to other areas of the property and could be fairly easy to resolve. Quotes are necessary not because you may want to drop out of the deal but because you may want to negotiate with the seller.

Negotiate With the Seller

If you have a property you love that has roof issues, you may be able to get the seller to pay for all or part of the cost. By lowering the sales price of the home to compensate for the need for a new roof, you can get the home you want at the same price. 

In fact, you can even request that the roof repair be scheduled or even completed before the purchase is finalized. You could add these conditions to the sale. If the home seller believes that the roof issue could make it difficult to sell their property otherwise, they may decide that the repair is worthwhile.

Knowing more about a property is important before you take the plunge. If you're thinking about purchasing a home, inspecting the roof is one of the major things that you'll want to do before your offer is finalized. Contact Top Dog Roofing to find out more.