Why you should have a roof inspection before buying a house

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Buying a home is exciting, but it can also be stressful. While there are many steps you can take to make sure that the house you’re buying is in good condition and won’t need costly repairs down the road, one of the most important is getting your roof inspected before signing on the dotted line. Here are four reasons why:

1. Roof repairs can cost thousands of dollars.

Roof repairs can be expensive. If you have a leaky roof, it’s important to know what repairs are needed and how much they’ll cost before you buy the house. These repairs can be dangerous, it’s important to know what you’re getting into ahead of time in case you need to hire a roofer!

Roof repairs take time and effort and sometimes more than one person working at once to complete the project properly. It’s ideal if you’re not living in a home while undergoing this type of work because there are potential safety hazards involved in being inside an old structure that might not be structurally sound anymore.

Roof repairs aren’t always easy on your wallet either: depending on how big your home is as well as its age and condition, fixing up those shingles could run anywhere between $1k-$10k+. Worth considering before purchasing, for sure!

2. You can spot problems before you buy.

Different types of problems will have different price tags. Knowing what specific problems you have will allow you to have a better estimate of the true cost of your house before purchasing.

For example, gutters are important because they keep rainwater from getting into the house and causing damage to your ceilings, walls, floors and furniture. If your inspector finds that a gutter is missing or damaged in any way, it’s best to make sure these issues are fixed before buying a home so that you don’t end up with costly repair bills down the road!

3. You’ll be able to bargain better.

If the home inspection reveals that the roof is in need of repair, you can get a quote for repairs before buying the property. This will give you some bargaining power when negotiating with the seller as you might want them to lower the asking price because of this issue. Score! Often, sellers are receptive if you have proof of problems from a trained roofer. Call us today for a roof inspection. We can share on paper what we find. 

4. Getting your roof inspected is an important part of buying a house.

The roof is a very important part of your home. It protects you from the elements, keeps rain out and helps to keep your house cool in the summer months. You should never buy a house without getting it inspected first.

A roof inspection will let you know if there are any problems with your roof that could cost thousands of dollars to repair later on. A good inspector will also be able to tell you how long it will last before needing replacement or repairs, so that when it comes time for that big decision, you’ll have plenty of information at hand with which to make informed decisions based both on cost considerations as well as aesthetic preferences–not just guesswork!


If you’re in the market for a new home in Vancouver and want to make sure that your roof is in good shape, don’t take chances. Call us today for an inspection! We’ll be happy to help you find out what condition your roof is in and give you peace of mind before making any big decisions.