What’s the number one thing you should look at when shopping for a home? The roof.
Every so often, I’ll have a client who has to replace the roof on a home they’ve only owned for a few years. And they weren’t expecting it at all. That’s why it’s so important to have your roof certified by a professional roofing company, not just a home inspector.
At Roof Life, we will come out to a home you’re considering and do a full roof inspection. We don’t just get up on the ladder, peak our head over and say, “Yep! It looks great!” Looks don’t mean anything.
Our owner, Patrick Morin, was on a roof the other day that was only about eight or ten years old. And because it was nailed wrong, it was completely shot. We’re talking a forty thousand dollar mistake because the nails weren’t in the right spot.
It’s also a good idea to check for any HOA requirements. Sometimes I’ll sit down with clients to work on a roofing project, and they’re not able to pick less expensive components, because they don’t fall within HOA guidelines. When you’re purchasing a home, talk to the HOA and read the rules, so you know what to budget for.
The bottom line: know the roof you’re buying. If you want the fancy roof, be prepared for the maintenance and re-roof price tag. Know how long the roof is built to last, so that you can budget for its eventual replacement.