When you purchase a new home, the exterior will not be the main thing on your mind. You will be thinking about the interiors of the home. You will be thinking of furniture for each room and the paint colors for the wall, so not much of your focus will be on the roof of the home unless it is leaking. If you have lived in a rental home you might not have paid proper attention towards the roofing and other matters compared to now with owning your own house. When you own a home your entire perspective changes, after all, you are now responsible for all the problems and expenses with the home. You must be careful and responsible about your roof; here are some of the things which every new home owner should know about their roof.
- Pay appropriate attention towards inspection report of your home
Home inspection is a very essential part of your new home buying process. There is still a possibility that certain items might get dismissed from the inspection by thinking that the problems are not that bad. If your inspection report reveals that there is an issue with your roof, don’t take it in a light manner. In fact you should become very serious and take steps towards fixing the problem. Make sure you get the problems fixed as soon as possible before problems get worse.
- Hire a roofer to take a look at it
Home inspectors are indeed very good at what they do, however, they are not roofers themselves. The job of the home inspector is not as accurate as the inspection of a roofer. If the primary home inspection report states that your roof is in good enough condition for you to purchase your home, then you should continue. However, you should still hire a roofer to take a look at your roof at least within the first six months of you living there. By doing so, you can keep track of all the small issues which may result into big issues if no actions are taken to fix them. By taking action to repair your home, you can save yourself from a big financial expense.
- Know your warranty
Many new homeowners buy their home unknowingly under a warranty. Warranties in general are a tricky subject. Check out your home warranty so that you know the inside and out of and be sure to take advantage of all of it. Make sure you are fully aware of your advantages and your drawbacks. Get to know what your warranty should cover and what not.
- Get to know your insurance policy
Most of the insurances policies for now homes will cover the roof. However, the policy might not cover the wear and tear expenses as well as other related issues for your roof. That means that it would be fine and covered by insurance if a storm damaged your roof, however, the insurance may not cover a small crack or leak in the roof. Thus, take care of what is covered and what is not.