Think you’re ready for the responsibility of homeownership? Buying your first home is no small decision, and it is a wise consumer who will learn as much as possible about the home buying process before jumping in with both feet. Working with a stellar realtor can help make the search for your home a smooth process from start to finish, but just as important as having a great realtor on your side is employing the services of a top-notch home inspector.
Before you finalize your home purchase, it is highly likely that your realtor will recommend having your home inspected. This is usually done at your expense, but paying a few hundred dollars now for a home inspection is better than being blindsided by discovering your home is in need of substantial repairs after closing. This inspection is not a test your home must pass before purchase, but just a chance for a professional inspector to thoroughly vet the residence, and advise you on any safety concerns, maintenance issues, or damage that is not apparent to the untrained eye.
One of the things the inspector will assess is the condition of the roof of the home. He will note any soft spots, any missing shingles or shakes, and will scrutinize the underside of your roof via attic or crawl space, looking for moisture damage.
Understanding the condition and age of the roof is important to the buying process. Should the condition of the roof appear to be inferior, or if the roof is nearing the end of its expected lifespan, you may be able to reasonably submit an offer that is slightly lower than the seller’s asking price, in order to cover the cost of repairs or a new roof.
Keep in mind that the average lifespan of a typical asphalt shingle roof is between ten and fifteen years. The seller should be able to provide you with insight concerning the age of the roof. If he is not forthcoming with that information, it is probably in your best interest to kindly, but firmly, press for that information, so that you will be prepared to make a fitting offer.
If you find yourself in need of residential roofing repairs, or if your home is due for a new roof, our experienced professionals are standing by to answer any questions you may have about the roofing process or our services. For more information, contact us today. We’re waiting to hear from you!