Whether you are selling your home or looking for a home, you have a lot on your plate. There is a lot of paperwork involved and you want to find the home of your dreams. It can be stressful if you aren’t prepared for home shopping. Having a checklist handy with things to look for on your shopping trips will be helpful in your decision-making process. Your roof should definitely be on the checklist. You do not want to purchase the home, close on it, and then discover your roof needs repairs or a replacement. There are some things you can look out for and we have a few tips below:
- As with any shopping trip, take a simple look around. Look at the shingles on the roof. Are they bald, cracked, worn, or rusted? Is there moss everywhere? At first sight of these qualities, ask that a roof inspector come to determine what kind of damage there may be and the cost of that damage. You will want this information before you decide to purchase.
- Sometimes when a roof is ready to be replaced, shingle granules or asphalt grain will show up in the gutters. This is something to check for in a new home you’re interested in. It may look like sand. Speaking of gutters, you should make sure the home has a good drainage system and gutters, too. You want to make sure water is draining well because that can be a whole different issue in itself and can affect the roof.
- Hopefully, leak signs won’t be present. Look out! Water stains on the ceilings of a home is something to keep an eye out for. These will be a darker stain on the ceiling color. There may also be wet spots around the fireplace. Gaps in between the chimney will cause moisture and water build-up, ultimately leading to a big issue later on. Also, keep an eye out for peeling or flaking paint around overhangs.
- This is a question you can ask the inspector or owners, but how old is the roof? Was it replaced last year? This year? 10 years ago? You’ll want to make sure you factor in a new roof cost if it looks like it might need to be replaced.
- How is the roof ventilated? Is it obvious that there is enough air flow? Checking in the attic may be a good idea. This is important because of the potential moisture or water build-up. A poor-functioning ventilation system will lead to mold and affect the roof.
All in all, don’t overlook the roof! If you have any questions about the quality of the roof on your new potential home, call a home inspector and/or roofing inspector. You don’t want any huge problems to arise after closing. You’ll want to decorate, relax, and enjoy your new purchase. Moving can be expensive and replacing a roof on a new home should not be something you need to be worrying about.