In the closing process during the selling of a home, the buyers typically have a home inspection performed to ensure the home is in good condition. While it's not required to get a home inspection, unless there is a contingency on the sale, it's still a great idea to have an unbiased, experienced, and knowledgeable party look at the home. Home inspectors will have to look at every aspect of the home, but will they take a look at the roof?
- Structural elements include the home's foundation, flooring, walls, ceilings, stairs, windows, and drainage systems.
- Safety features such as smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, garage doors, and stair rails.
- The yard, water drainage patterns, driveways, fences, sidewalks, patios, and decks.
- The condition of roofing materials, any necessary repairs, ventilation, chimneys, and gutters.
- Exterior walls of the house, including siding, paint, outdoor lights, and outdoor power outlets.
- Insulation, ventilation, and water leaks in the attic.
- Indoor plumbing, including damaged pipes, water pressure, leaks, sinks, toilets, tubs, and showers.
- Electrical wiring to see if it is up to code and if it is working properly.
- Appliances' functioning, including microwaves, stoves, dishwashers, refrigerators, washers, and dryers.
- Heating and cooling systems to ensure all is working correctly, including your water heater.
- The basement, if applicable.
- The condition of the garage, if necessary.
Instead ofleaving it up to a home inspector, utilize a roofing contractor to perform a roofing inspection. An experienced roofing contractor will spend the necessary time needed on the roof looking at the roof's structural integrity, the interior of the home, the roofing materials, and the workmanship.
- For the structure, the roofing contractor will be looking for any leaks, rot, rust, missing elements, and sagging.
- To check the interior, they will inspect the home's ceilings, walls, and attic to check for any water stains, mold, or active leaks.
- When looking at the roofing materials, the inspector will be looking for any rust, nail pops, areas that need more caulk, damaged flashing, missing shingles, and any areas with moss growth.
- While looking at all aspects of the roof, the inspector will be looking at the overall appearance of the roof, the roof's condition, if materials were installed properly, and the integrity of all materials.