Why Should You Get a Roof Inspection Before Buying a House?

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You try to appear casual as you stroll through the house of your dreams.  You tell yourself not to let the seller know how much you want it.  You want to leave room for negotiation with the price.  How could there possibly be anything wrong?  Surely the house of your dreams has pipes that never break, paint that never chips, grass that stays green year-round, and a perfect roof, right?  Probably not.  No house is perfect, and they are all made with materials that have a limited lifespan.  So, should you ask for home and roof inspections before buying your dream house?  If so, why?  If you aren’t sure, we are here to answer those questions for you and point you in the right direction.

When it comes to big purchases like cars and homes, you should go into it with your eyes wide open.  Don’t allow your desire for something to cloud your judgment.  Getting a roof inspection before buying a home is important.  An inspection will alert you to any current or potential issues.  It can also alert you as to whether or not the seller is being honest about the condition of not only the roof but the home, in general.

Buying a house is an exciting venture, even if it isn’t your first home.  Maybe you are working your way up to your dream home, or maybe you are looking for it right now.  Regardless, you don’t want to buy a money pit.  All homes require care, upkeep, and repairs.  However, a home that is full of problems could end up costing you more than it is worth.  As much as you might want a house that you have toured, the condition of it must play a role in your buying decision.  This article will discuss why you should get a roof inspection before buying a home.  

Why Should You Get a Roof Inspection?

You should get the roof inspected by a professional roofing company before buying the house.  A house inspector may look at the roof, as well, but having a roofing expert do the inspection is the best way to ensure that you have an accurate picture of the condition of the roof.

Getting the roof inspected is important for multiple reasons.  Let’s look at a few reasons to get your roof inspected:

1. It protects your family and everything inside your home.  You can’t risk the safety of your loved ones with a roof that is ready to collapse or have a major leak.  Even if your loved ones are okay, the interior of your home could sustain major damage, costing you additional money.
2. It can alert you to a dishonest seller.  If the seller is hiding a roof leak, missing shingles, or other issues, they may be hiding other problems with the house, as well. If a roof inspector finds obvious issues that you believe the seller was aware of, you may want to walk away from that house.
3. You need to know if any roof repairs or a roof replacement are necessary before buying the house so that you can ask the seller to either cover the cost or split the cost with you.  Many sellers are willing to make needed repairs if it means you will buy the house.  If they are not willing to do so, you need to ask yourself if you can afford the repairs, if you want to deal with the hassle right after buying a house, and if you want to buy a house from someone unwilling to make a needed repair to sell the home.
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When Should You Get a Roof Inspection?

A roof inspection can be done at any time.  Some people choose to have their roof inspected annually to make any necessary repairs before they turn into major repairs.  We highly recommend this.  Over time, it may end up costing you the same amount.  Lots of little repairs may be equal to one large repair.  The difference is that the cost is spread out over time.  And,those smaller repairs may prevent a bigger problem down the line.  

Roof inspections should be done after a hurricane or other large storm.  Hail storms are a major cause of roof damage.  Indialantic, FL, was hit with a freak hail storm in March 2019 pelting the small beachside town and surrounding areas with hail the size of ping pong balls.  A multitude of roofs had to be completely replaced following the damaging storm.  An Indialantic resident stated, “We heard the sound of nail guns being used by roofers for probably a solid year after that storm.  Every time I went out for a run in our neighborhood, someone’s roof was being replaced!”

And, per the subject of this blog, you should always, always, always (got it?) get a roof inspection before buying a house.  Do not take the sellers’ word that the roof is solid.  They may truly believe it is without knowing there are issues, or they may be crossing their fingers that you don’t request an inspection and take their word for it.  Don’t take any chances, no matter how nice the sellers may be.  The roof is literally the physical protection over your home.  It must be in excellent condition.


Buying a home is a big decision.  You want your dream house, but you don’t want it to turn into a money pit.  One way to avoid this is by hiring a professional roofing company, like Seal Tight Roofing Experts, to perform a roof inspection.  They will let you know if the home needs any repairs or a new roof.  They will provide you with a detailed estimate with a breakdown of all costs, no hidden fees.  If you are in Melbourne, FL, or Merritt Island, FL, and are looking for a roofing company to perform a roof inspection before buying a home or for your current home, look no further than the professionals at Seal Tight Roofing Experts!

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