Getting a Roof Inspection Before Selling Your Home

Learn what to expect from a roof inspection and why you should get one before putting your house on the market.

Roof maintenance is a necessary part of home ownership and should happen on a regular basis. Similar to taking care of a car, you don’t want to wait until the last minute to address problems. For example, if your brakes started to have issues, you wouldn’t wait to get your car checked until the brakes completely failed. The same concept applies to your home - you will want to get your roof inspected on a regular schedule to ensure its integrity and prevent future problems.

Having your roof inspected can save thousands of dollars in the long run by prolonging your roof’s life and keeping your house’s structure healthy. A roof inspector will be able to verify your roof’s condition and let you know what needs to be done before you list your home. If you have already listed your house, it’s not too late to get an inspection. Potential buyers will be put at ease knowing that an expert has already inspected your roof.

Why Should I Get a Roof Inspection Before Listing My Home?

Market standards are high, and sales figures for 2021 are climbing. To stay at the front of the selling game, all of your bases need to be covered, and roofs are often at the top of buyers’ priority lists. Even though inspections and maintenance come with a price tag, the return on the investment will be worth it once your house is sold.

Most sellers are familiar with home inspections, which cover the whole house, but they often don’t realize the importance of also scheduling a roof inspection to get a closer look at specific issues related to the roof. Only a roofing expert can accurately tell what kind of potential roof damage you have and what will need to be done to prevent further issues.

Getting your roof inspected will provide peace of mind and a competitive advantage as you put your home up for sale, and you can confidently tell potential buyers that your roof is in good condition.

What to Expect From an Inspection

Above all else, make sure that you have a trusted, qualified expert to examine your roof. A regular home inspector will only take a brief look at the roof, whereas a specialized roof inspector will go over the attic and roof thoroughly, keeping in mind how each detail will affect the property as a whole.

On the visit, the inspector will examine the integrity of your roof by entering your attic and walking over the surface of your roof. Some inspectors use drones or infrared scanners to check for damage, but almost all will require the basic ability to walk into the attic and onto the roof.

Some areas the inspector will analyze include:
• Leakage into the attic, ceilings or walls
• Structural soundness (sagging, missing roof pieces, secured chimneys, etc.)
• Interior spaces (attics, ceilings, walls)
• Mold growth
• Missing shingles
• Incorrect installations (gutters, flashings, etc.)
• Other damage

Our roofing experts at Enterprise Roofing have decades of experience in the Dayton market. We can give you a realistic assessment of what needs to be done for both home buyers and sellers. Call us today at 937-240-2206!

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