Before You Buy: Check the Roof

Sold sign in front of a house in a residential neighbourhood in Burnaby, BC

If you are considering purchasing a home this year, there are a lot of factors to take into consideration such as price and location to name a couple. But many prospective homeowners don’t check the condition of the roof, which could lead to costly repairs down the line.

Many homes are sold with their original roof that has likely been through a lot of wear and tear due to the weather. If the roof was not maintained properly, you may be hit with a large bill before you even get the keys to your new home.

The most common thing that happens is your realtor will recommend a home inspector.  Although most home inspectors are very knowledgeable, we highly recommend hiring a professional roof inspector before removing subjects. Your roof inspector will come and examine the following:

  • Signs of interior water damage
  • Missing, cracked or warped shingles
  • Attic ventilation
  • Skylights and chimneys
  • Flashings
  • Roof vents


A reputable roof inspector will alert you of any potential roof damage and provide a detailed report on your roof including overall condition and recommended repairs. The roof inspector will also determine the approximate age of the existing roof.

Buying a new home is already an expensive investment, don’t let your roof be an unnecessary expense. If you are considering purchasing a new home and need routine maintenance and repair, contact us today.