Buying a home is like a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it’s an exciting time, especially when buying your first home. On the other hand, it can be very stressful considering all the checklists and deadlines that have to be met. Your roof is there to protect you and your family as well as all of your assets and belongings. However, just like many other things, your roof has a shelf life, so to speak. With this in mind it’s important that you maintain it and preserve your peace of mind in the process.

A 10-year-old roof that has been well maintained could last another 5 or 10 years whereas a 5-year-old that has been poorly maintained may already need to be repaired or replaced. Here are 3 reasons for having a professional roof inspected done on a home that you’re thinking about buying:

• Expert roofing advice is crucial – only a professional can tell you why the gaps in the flashing have developed or why those shingles have curled up and caused the water damage you’ve noticed. Keep in mind that a standard inspection only takes a cursory or superficial look at the attic and roof of a home. Conversely, an experienced and knowledgeable roof inspector goes through the attic and roof in great detail, making notes of every problem and how that affects the property.

• Professional roof inspections give you leverage for negotiating – understanding the scope of required repairs and structural damage provides you with the leverage you need when negotiating the sale price of a home as well as the conditions of the sale. When you know the condition of the roof on a home, you can negotiate a better sale price should it need replacement and you want to be compensated for the expense.

• Professional roof inspections give you peace of mind – in some cases, the seller may decide to schedule a roof inspection before listing the home on the market. The regular home inspection and the roof inspection enables you to tell prospective buyers two things – 1) that the roof is in pristine condition or 2) that repairs are needed. If the report is done by a reputable company, the buyer should have no reason not to trust it.

You just cannot pick the first company that you find online. To get the best service, it is important that you work with a company that is licensed, insured and bonded. For more information about professional roof inspections or to schedule one for your home, call Shelton Roofing at (916) 635-8320 today. We are here to help you get the best available service. Call us today!