Roofing Questions to Ask Your Real Estate Agent When Buying a Home


Homeowners talking to real estate agentPurchasing a home is an exciting time. Whether you are buying your first home or you have purchased a home in the past, there are many details and questions that are critical to ensure you are getting the best price and minimizing potential issues or costs.

Buying a home is not the time to be shy. You should be asking questions throughout the process — particularly questions of your real estate agent, your mortgage lender, and the sellers’ real estate agents.

Ask, ask, and then ask some more. When it comes to buying a home, it is nearly impossible to have too much information.

Ask the right roofing questions to protect your home investment.

Many prospective homeowners expect some initial costs to make a home their own, or to fix small issues here and there. But when it comes to your roof, it’s important to know exactly what you’re working with and, if there are any issues, how much it will cost to fix them.

Your real estate agent should have plenty of experience and high-level knowledge of roofing and buying a home. He or she should also be comfortable answering questions (or finding answers) to common and important questions. For more detailed questions or pressing concerns, it’s always recommended that you consult with a trusted roofing partner.

Among your many other questions when visiting and ultimately buying a home, be sure to ask your real estate agent the following roofing questions:

1. How old is the roof?

Although severe weather can alter the lifespan of a roof, shingle roofs should typically last between 20 and 25 years before needing replacement. Different roofing materials like slate, copper and others may last longer (up to 50 years).  

2. Is there a warranty on the roof?

Many homeowners erroneously believe that roof warranties offer ironclad protection against damage. In many instances, however; roof warranties only protect you from defects in the roofing material that cause premature degradation. In those cases, protection typically lasts for approximately 20 years.

3. Has there been any repair work done to the roof recently?

Your real estate agent should be able to provide details on any recent work done to the home, including roof repairs. Documentation of any repairs (along with contact information for the roofing company that completed the work) should provide ample description of the work completed.

Particularly if work was completed by the owner, an inspection from a trusted roofing partner (like Joye Roofing) can help you determine whether the repairs were completed properly and/or if any additional work is necessary.

4. Is there anything about the roof that is a “big deal”?

Minor cosmetic issues may not concern prospective buyers when purchasing a home; however, what seems to be cosmetic may actually indicate more serious roofing issues. This question can be posed to your real estate agent or even a home inspector, but your best option is to schedule a free roof inspection with Joye Roofing to identify any issues and determine whether to proceed with purchasing the home.

5. Is the seller is willing to replace the roof before ownership is transferred (or negotiate cost of the home pending roof work)?

Being armed with a detailed review of the roof from a trusted roofing partner can help your real estate agent best negotiate with sellers to maximize the investment in your new home.

Once you’ve identified any potential issues through a free roof inspection, ask your real estate agent whether the seller is willing to fix (or deduct from the home purchase price) any issues prior to the sale.

Asking roofing questions can protect your new home investment.

Buying a home can be overwhelming. Having a trusted partner on your side can remove some of the burden. Contact our team here at Joye Roofing to schedule a free roofing inspection and protect your new home investment.

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Derek Joye has been roofing homes and businesses in the Midlands for over 10 years.