Home Selling Guide to the Roof Inspection

Sol Vista Roofing Purchase Inspection

The excitement of going under contract on your home sale can quickly become nervousness when the time comes to schedule the inspection. You never know what minor crack or chip may be identified as a larger issue.

By taking some quick and easy proactive steps, you can take a lot of the pressure away from the inspection and objection process.

To start, here’s what to expect from the inspection process: It’s part of nearly all home sale transactions as a way for the home buyer to ensure they are purchasing a home free of significant issues. If issues are identified, the inspection and objection process allows the buyer and seller to negotiate on any needed repairs or allowances before the home sale is finalized and closed.

Each home, and thus each home inspection, is different and unique. But, generally a thorough inspection will include a review of the home’s:

  • Roof system
  • Attic (and attic insulation)
  • Exterior review (including windows and doors)
  • Plumbing system (including water heater)
  • HVAC system (including furnace, air conditioner, and/or evaporative cooler)
  • Electrical system
  • Appliances
  • Foundation & structural integrity
  • Sewer scope – many inspectors also offer this as an option for an additional charge


Home Inspection Best Practices

We recommend performing a few simple tasks to make a good impression on the inspector. To start, de-clutter and deep clean your home to give the inspector the impression the home has been well cared for. It’s also best to move any obstacles that may be in the inspectors way, as they will need easy access to your basement, attic, and/or any crawl spaces.

It’s also highly encouraged to repair any minor cosmetic blemishes around your home prior to the inspection. Things like small drywall scuffs, nail holes, or paint chips may signal to the inspector (or buyer) that larger issues exist.

Roof Issues to Watch Out For

Some of the common issues that inspectors are trained to watch out for regarding roofs include:

  • Visible water damage or stains on ceilings and walls. These are signs that a leak is present.
  • Missing shingles or tiles. Can expose the roof deck underneath and contribute to water damage.
  • Hail damage. Hail bruises cause deterioration of your roof surface (such as shingles) to begin and cause leaks over time.
  • Missing shingle granules. If your shingle roof is 20+ years old, the protective granules may be nearly completely shed which exposes the mat underneath to harmful UV rays.
  • Missing attic insulation. If your attic was never insulated, it could cause ice damming in the winter months as well as heating and cooling issues.
  • Wood rot or mold in the attic. This can be an indicator that the roofing system is not performing it’s core duty of keeping the interior dry.


Have Your Roof Inspected Before the Home Inspection

We advise contacting a professional, local roofer to inspect your roof prior to the home inspector. This will allow you to uncover any unknown issues in advance.

If you do discover issues, one option is to have the roof repaired in accordance with the contractors findings and recommendations. Providing this information up-front to the buyer is likely to give them peace of mind. Your other option is to proactively provide your findings to the buyer to allow you a chance to negotiate if-and-how the recommendations will be completed and paid for. A popular negotiation tactic is to offer to take the estimated cost of repairs off of the home’s purchase price if you don’t want to bother with having them done yourself.

The other potential outcome is your roofer finds the roof to be in good working condition. In this case, if they feel confident enough in the roof, they may be willing to provide a certificate stating that they envision a minimum of 5 more years of life out of the existing roof. Having this 5-year certificate handy to provide to the home buyers can provide a lot of relief to all parties involved.

Our team at Sol Vista Roofing can help. If you are interested in a pre-inspection roof inspection, contact us to have a professional roofer assess your roof for free.