New Home in the New Year?

If you’re in the market for a new house in 2015, you’re not alone. Real estate experts predict residential sales to continue to increase in the new year. While the investor mostly ruled the buying market in the years following the housing crash, now it’s time for the traditional buyer, millennials in particular, to come on the scene in 2015. With neither buyer nor seller having the upper hand, a more balanced market is expected in the coming year which will help real estate remain strong.

Of course purchasing a home is a big step for any first time home buyer so be sure you have an experienced real estate agent on your side. When your offer is submitted, it’s important to have contingencies in the contract which give you the option to pull out of the deal after a home inspection takes place. The inspector you hire works for you and will help you determine how well the home has been maintained; evaluating the condition of the roof is a crucial aspect of any home inspection.

An initial visual scan of the roof can give you a snapshot of the roof’s health. If you or your inspector notice any of these red flags, an in-depth examination of the home’s roof is crucial.

-Curling or missing shingles
-Rotting wood around the eaves
-Divots or pock marks on shingles
-Visible sagging of roof deck
-Build up of granules in the gutters

Just remember, a well manicured lawn and a fresh coat of paint can help a house show very well to prospective buyers. However, a well presented property can still have telltale signs of sub-par maintenance once an inspector takes a more objective look around. Prioritize the roof of your future home as you go through the inspection and buying process.