Home Buyer’s Guide: How to Identify Issues in Your Potential New Roof

Home buyer's guide: how to identify issues in your potential new roof

At best, it’s just frustrating when you buy a new home and discover a problem with it. At worst, it’s an immediately expensive issue and could really put the dampeners on what should be a joyous occasion.

So, when it comes to the roof of your potential new home, you need to be absolutely sure that it’s not going to cost you an arm and a leg within the first few months or years of ownership. Here are some of the telltale signs to look for when inspecting a property.

Review any home inspection documents

In the majority of instances, the current homeowner or their estate agent will have conducted an inspection of the property, in order to ascertain its true value. Naturally, however, both parties want to make the most money from the sale, and so can omit certain elements that could be key to your decision-making.

For instance, it’s not really in the interest of an estate agent to tell you how much something will cost to repair, so if you hear or read the word ‘minor’, think ‘major’, and translate ‘needs some work’ as ‘needs lots!’. If a home inspection has been conducted, including the roof, make sure you read it thoroughly and question anything you’re not sure of.

Home buyer's guide: how to identify issues in your potential new roof

If you can see it from the ground, it’s a problem

Naturally, you’re unlikely to bring a set of ladders with you when viewing a potential new property. So, your eyes are your best asset when inspecting it, both inside and out. If you spot dark patches on exterior walls, then there may be a problem with drainage from the roof. And if you spot mould on upper-floor ceilings, there’s a significant chance that it’s worse in the loft.

If you’re unable to look into the loft yourself, to inspect the fallout of any damaged or missing tiles further, than you’re within your rights to ask for a professional roofer to investigate the roof. The seller, as you can imagine, might not like this, so you’ll need to be tactful in your approach. If any issues are found, focus on the bigger ones and don’t nit-pick over smaller, less costly repairs when it comes to putting in an offer.

Getting a professional opinion is easy

With the awkwardness out of the way, you’ll find no shortage of roofers willing to inspect a property for a small fee, or even free of charge. Findley’s, roofers in Middlesbrough, for instance, offer roof inspection as a service, and will quickly ascertain if there are any underlying issues that you need to look out for – simply look for a similar company close to your potential new home.

You could even then assess any differences between what the roofing company you have contacted make of the roof, compared to what the homeowner or estate agent detailed earlier. In a sense, this is akin to getting a second opinion, even if it’s just for your own peace of mind. If extensive damage is found, then it’s up to you whether it affects the cost you’re willing to pay for the property.

But, crucially, it’s also up to the seller to decide what they’re willing to accept. Identifying issues in the roof of a new property, or anywhere else in the home, stands you in good stead to make the right financial choice for you.