Buying a new home is a significant financial and emotional commitment. Before making the purchase, you should learn more than a few facts about it. You should inquire about its roofing system, the same way you ask about its plumbing, electrical components and HVAC unit.
What are the essential details concerning the roof of your future new home? Here’s a look at the list of questions you should ask the seller before signing any contract.
1. How old is the roof? Request paperwork from the owners regarding the roof’s age. Knowing how old your roof is might help you anticipate problems and plan ahead to avoid them. It can also have an impact on the cost of homeowner insurance as well as whether or not an insurance provider will write a new policy for the property.
2. Are there any known damages or repairs to the roof? Most states require an individual selling a property to disclose any known house damage or problems to a prospective buyer. By expressly asking about roof problems and repairs, the seller is compelled to provide such details. Rather than waste time and money on unforeseen repairs after moving in, you’ll want to ask right away so both you and the seller can discuss the cost of the required work needed to be done in your home.
3. Who installed your roof? Knowing who worked on a home helps a lot. If you know the contractor’s name, you can get to know the company’s local reputation and years of experience in the industry. If you don’t find good results, contact a trusted roofing company that can conduct a more comprehensive inspection to determine the roof’s overall condition.
4. When was the roof last inspected? A routine inspection aids in the detection of potential problems before they become too costly to fix. It is also required following a severe weather occurrence. Outdoor elements, from hailstorms to strong winds, can inflict significant damage. If repairs are required, have them completed as soon as possible. Early detection of problems might help the roof of a prospective home last longer.
5. Is the roof warranty still valid and transferrable? Depending on the manufacturer, the roof’s warranty may be transferable from one homeowner to the next. Ask for a copy of the roof warranty, and carefully study the terms and conditions to see if it can be transferred and how much coverage is provided. A non-transferable warranty shouldn’t be a deal-breaker; the roof may still be functional.
Pritchetts Bros is a Master Elite® GAF roofing company that provides the community with quality, courteous roofing, remodeling and home building services. Call us today at (812) 275-3185, or fill out our contact form to schedule an in-home consultation and estimate. We serve home and business owners in Indiana, including residents of Bloomington, Bedford and the surrounding communities.