Standard home inspections do not replace the need for a roof inspection when buying a new home.
Nothing combines excitement and stress quite like purchasing a new home. Between the arduous task of house hunting and the seemingly endless amount of paperwork, the home buying process can be complicated. With a checklist a mile long, it’s easy for things to get overlooked.
Despite being a home’s most important defense, the roof is commonly overlooked. While potential home buyers understand the importance of a home inspection, most don’t realize there is also a need for a separate roof inspection.
Roof Inspection Vs. Home Inspection
While roof issues are some of the most common problems found during a home inspection, most home inspectors are not professional roof inspectors. Standard home inspections do not provide a thorough investigation of the roof. Most home inspectors do not actually walk on the roof and only inspect what is visible from the ground.
A professional roofing contractor can more adequately assess the roof’s condition. They will provide a comprehensive evaluation that incorporates all factors related to the roof’s health. Additionally, they will estimate the roof’s remaining lifespan and verify that previous repair work meets the necessary standards. A professional roof inspection ensures you have all the information needed to make a well-informed decision regarding purchasing the home.
What to Know About the Roof Before You Buy
Before you submit your offer, you shouldensure you know the following:
- the age of the current roof;
- what, if any, issues the current homeowner has encountered with the roof;
- if there is an existing roof warranty or warranties on any previous repairs;
- what the home inspection uncovered;
- what the professional roof inspector discovered;
- the remaining lifespan of the roof; and
- if repairs are needed and, if so, the cost of those repairs.
Roof Inspection Benefits
So, should you get a roof inspection when buying a home? Unless the current homeowner can provide an official roof certificate from a licensed roof inspector, the answer is a resounding yes.
Purchasing a home is an investment, and a roof inspection helps you protect it. Completing one before you buy a home will provide you with invaluable peace of mind. By knowing the roof’s exact condition, you can save yourself from unexpected (and costly) repairs after you move in. It can also provide leverage during negotiations. You can use the inspector’s detailed report and full scope of necessary repairs to your advantage and either ask the seller to complete the repairs in advance or lower your offer so you can complete the repairs yourself once you move in.
If you are ready to purchase a home and need a roof inspection, contact one of our experts today. As one of Jacksonville’s premier roof repair and roof replacement contractors, E2 Roofing can help you navigate the inspection process.