Have Your Roof Checked
Why have your roof checked? We have something different in Florida when it comes to the life span of your roof: these days, insurance will not be issued unless a licensed roofer certifies there is at least 3 more years of life for the roof. So if you are thinking of selling your home, call a licensed, certified, roofer to get the scoop.
Call several and have them check your roof. You may have to pay for roof inspections but it is well worth it before you put it on the market and get a nasty surprise.
Yes, you could do the inspections yourself but do you really know what roof problems look like? Most of us don’t know what to look for in the valleys to indicate a leak or soon-to- be leak. The plywood sheathing can be an issue but do we know how to find it. The insurance companies will only take the word of a licensed roofing company.
When you get an offer, the buyers will have an inspection done. If roof issues show up, the buyer may not be denied insurance which means he can’t get a mortgage. And he will probably ask you for a new roof. The last estimate I got on someone’s roof was $8,500. That will eat into your bottom line at closing. Or the buyer may just void the contract.
So have a licensed person check out the roof; it’s better to have your roof checked and know ahead of time what the costs will be. Better still, get it fixed if you can afford it. With all the rain we’ve had this summer, who knows what is going on up there.
Toni and Craig Weidman
Florida Luxury Realty, Trinity FL
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