Buying a new home can be one of the most rewarding moments of your life. It is also considered one of the most stressful times of your life, especially if it is your first house. And if you are buying a home that has a few years on it, chances are, there are going to be a few issues that will knock the price down of the piece of property, but you won’t get the problem fixed. This will leave it to you once you move in.
If the roof has a few issues, make sure you get an estimate on how much it will be to fix it, before you accept a counter offer on a house. You want to make sure the amount of money they knock off the house will be enough to cover the actual expense of the roof repair. And don’t forget to include a little extra for the amount of time it will take to get this done. If you will be losing money because of you have to take time off work, or if you have a special circumstance such as a new baby that you will have to pay to go to a babysitter or daycare due to the noise, then factor that in the price as well.
Once, you have agreed to the amount that will be taken off the price of the house, your next step is to get the repair. You cannot look at this money as savings because it must be used for fixing damages. You could even take this a step further and use the repair money as a down payment on a brand new roof altogether. If this is what your option is, you have a lot of choices. And not only will you be adding value to the home you just bought, but your new neighbors will thank you for adding value to the entire neighborhood.
There are a few things other things to invest in when you have purchased a new home. One, is a sturdy ladder that you can use to clean out the gutters, and get on top off the roof to clear any leaves and branches that may fall, and also to get the occasional Frisbee or ball that lands up there by your kids or the neighbor kids. Plus you can use the ladder to cut down any branches that appear to be a threat to your roof in the future when the wind or any storms blow through.
If you move into a home that already has a roof that is in great shape, it is still a good idea to do your research on roofing contractors in your area, so when the day comes (and it will) you will be ready to call in the pros to fix or update whatever you need. This will just be one less thing on your mind. Now you can enjoy your new home knowing that you have taken care of one of the most important parts of it.