This post was kindly written for us by our friends at Bellhops Moving.
Despite the huge increase in people moving to Illinois, if you're fortunate enough to find a property that you like, then you might feel pressured to make your offer as quickly as possible. However, before you jump straight into action, it's important to take the time to do your homework, and carefully inspect your new potential acquisition.
Remember, even if your property-to-be seems like it's in good condition, looks can be deceiving.
While there will always be certain small scale flaws that can be addressed at a later date, there are plenty of things that can be a deal breaker. Perhaps the most important feature of all, is the roof.
A Dangerous Roof is a Deal Breaker
A well-designed and properly maintained roof can protect a property for decades. Unfortunately, major issues such as poor installation can lead to serious problems with your roof that require you to seek out repairs and replacements much sooner. Since the cost of replacing a roof is not cheap, but is more affordable with easy financing, it's important to check the system before you make your offer.
Always find out how old the roof is, and make sure the guttering and drainage systems are in good working order. You'll also want to search for any rot that might have been caused by bad ventilation, which can cause crumbling and sagging.
From the ground, you'll struggle to see whether there are any significant structural flaws that might lead to problems in the future, but you can always ask a professional local roofer to perform an inspection before you make an offer, or during the contract phase of your purchasing negotiation.
The Cost of Dealing with a Damaged Roof
If your seller has already completed an inspection of the roof before they put the property on the market, you can always ask to review it so that you have complete peace of mind. Remember, while taking extra time to evaluate the roof might seem like a pain, the truth is that replacing a roof can set you back a lot!
Remember, just because a roof is old doesn't necessarily mean that you need an immediate replacement, but you might have some grounds to negotiate on the price if the property hasn't been well-maintained. Doing your due diligence before making purchasing and moving could be the key to saving you an abundance of time and money.
Got questions? Contact the friendly people at Funderburk Roofing today.