Buying a house is extremely overwhelming. Not only are you working out a deal with the current owner, trying to figure out your current living situation, and working to prepare for the big moving day, but you are also taking a leap of faith that the current homeowner isn’t hiding anything too terrible from you. It can be especially hard in the winter in Spokane because inspectors won’t look at anything outside the home if there is snow. But it is still very important that you get a Spokane roofing expert out to take a look before you buy.
What should you be looking for?
One thing you can do is take a look at things yourself and do your own investigation. Start by asking the homeowner about how old the roof is and see if they have any paperwork. Most people don’t know the answer to this question, but it is still good to ask in case they do have the info. Take a look at the shingles and see if there is anything cracked or missing. Check the gutters to make sure they aren’t blocked or cracked anywhere, so they can drain properly. And look for dry rot which would suggest that the ventilation isn’t working as it should. Make sure and have it looked at professionally if you can. The risk is too great if there is a problem.
What should you do if there is a problem?
If there is an issue on the roof of the home you are about to buy, you can typically negotiate a lower price or ask for repairs before the purchase will be finalized. It is usually easier just to lower the price, and it is nice to know you are getting the job done by someone you trust instead of letting them do it themselves. An entirely new roof will set you back $10,000 to $30,000, but most people who need the roof replaced have already adjusted their price lower to accommodate that extra expense. If the seller is unwilling to negotiate with you, you’ll have to decide if it is worth it or not to lose the money on the roof or lose the house over negotiations. It all depends on how set you are on that particular home and how much the new roof or roof repairs is going to cost you.
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