Buying a new home is exciting and stressful, and the last thing on your mind is proper roof maintenance. But the roof is a critical piece of the process. Here’s what you should know about proper roof maintenance before you sign on the dotted line.
You can overlook some things, like bad paint colors or an outdated bathroom, but don’t overlook a bad roof. During the inspection, it can be easy to rush through things to get to the closing without a hitch, but it might be worth hiring a roof inspector before you sign off on the home inspection report. Home inspectors have the training to look at every area of the home, but they can’t be experts on everything. It’s worth your while to have a trained roofing professional look at the roof before you buy the home.
If a potential property has an atrocious kitchen, it might be a deal-breaker. But most homebuyers don’t think of a poorly maintained roof in the same way. Roof replacement can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $30,000 or more. A roof that’s in bad shape doesn’t need to be a deal-breaker if you love the rest of the home, but it can be a point of negotiation for a better price on the property.
Before you buy a new home, especially one that is over 10-years old, be sure to collect information and documentation on prior roof replacement. You need to know when it was last replaced, what company did the work, the materials they used, and any warranty information available. This will give you information on potential roof maintenance you could be facing.
Don’t let the excitement, stress, and long to-do lists of buying a new home distract you from one of the most important elements – the roof. For all the information you need on proper roof maintenance and inspections when buying a new home, contact the team at Premiere Roofing today.
Thank you so much for your willingness to help & being so prompt with the whole situation with my roof! It looks great!