Whether you are a first-time homebuyer or getting ready to buy a second or subsequent home, you know that many factors enter into the decision about which house is the right one for you and your family. One common mistake is looking only at what you can readily see. Obviously, you want all the features on your wish list, but don’t forget about the structural integrity of the home, so you don’t face costly repairs sooner than you can budget them in. Your real estate professional will recommend that you use a quality home inspector, but it won’t hurt for you to go one step further and talk to a roofing company to do an extended inspection.
A standard home inspector looks for a few main things. For instance, they look for obvious leaks, missing shingles, water damage and other ready signs of a roof in trouble. A professional roofing company will go even further and provide you with an assessment of the potential lifespan of the roof and give you an idea of what replacement at that time could run you. They are also more experienced, so they can spot damage that a home inspector might miss. All this information can be helpful when in negotiations for the home, but it can also help you walk away if the roofing needs replacement and you can’t get the sellers to adjust the price accordingly.
If you need an inspection from a roofing company for a home you are considering purchasing or one that you have already purchased, and you want to know what you are looking at in terms of future maintenance, repairs and replacement, give us a call at JM Reynolds Builders Inc.