You have finally found the home of your dreams and the financing has been approved. Before you sign any papers, there is one more step that should get your full attention, the inspection. A home inspection allows you to know under no uncertain terms that the home you are buying is worth what the sellers say. It is also a time for you to determine any issues with the home that you are willing to accept or not accept. The number one problem with a general home inspection, however, is that roof leaks are not always found. This might be surprising – but it is also very troublesome and why you should consider a full evaluation from a licensed roofing contractor.
How a Leaky Roof Gets Missed
The job of the home inspector is to ensure the solidity of the house you are buying. In general, they find the major problems, but when they inspect the roof, it is typically done from the ground with binoculars. While this method will work to find torn or missing shingles or obvious physical damage to the roof, it will not tell you the important things you need to know about the roof including whether or not it is leaking, which can be a very expensive thing to overlook if this occurs.
The Benefits of a Professional Contractor
The typical home inspection is usually very thorough and effective for home buyers, but if there is any type of concern about the roof whether due to the home’s age, the appearance of leaks anywhere in the house or simply concern for this major protection of your potential home, a professional inspection is warranted. A professional roof contractor will not simply examine the roof from the street, but will get up on the roof and inspect it up close. A professional contractor knows where it is safe to walk, what to look for and what to recommend should the roof have any potential issues. If you have any concerns, it is always worth taking the extra step to have a professional roof inspection done to ensure that you are making a good investment in your potential new home.