Roof tips for home buyers and sellers

by: Kirsten Land on February 17th, 2015 about Residential Roofing, Roofing Advice

Home For Sale Real Estate Sign in Front of New House.It’s a great time to start thinking about buying or selling a house. According to an article posted by the National Association of Realtors, Spring and Summer are the best seasons to sell a home. “Spring brings rain and flowers – and possibly extra green in the final sales price of your home.”

Whether you’re selling or not, after extreme winter weather, it’s always a good idea to make sure your roof is in great shape before the Spring rains. Still, if you’re considering listing your home, there are many reasons to have your roof inspected. Our top three reasons are:

  1. Have your roof inspected before leaks occur inside the house. It can save money to address the problem on the outside before it affects the inside of your house.
  2. When selling a house, you may be able to improve your offering, and ultimate sales price if your roof has passed a professional inspection by a licensed roofer prior to offering it up for sale (be sure to consult with your Real Estate professional for details).
  3. Avoid heartache and inconvenience by knowing your roof is in good shape. Most insurance companies will not insure a house that has roof problems (which, in some cases, can be invisible to the untrained eye).

Land Enterprises Roofing offers several free services to home sellers and Realtors as well. If you have a house to sell and need an inspection, give us a call at 405-359-3951. You’ll receive an inspection and honest evaluation of your roof. We can help identify problem areas and even work directly with your insurance company to make the process easy and painless.

Our pre-sale inspections can offer peace of mind no matter what side of the transaction you’re on.

Realtors – If you’d like to take one more step towards an uncomplicated closing, when you get a new listing, give us a call and we’ll offer an inspection at no charge.

Sellers – If you want to avoid the hassle and inconvenience of a surprise requirement to replace your roof during the closing process, after you have an offer and think your home free, give us a call.

Buyers – If you’re considering a purchase and want to evaluate the condition and possible needed repairs of a roof, give us a call. If repairs are needed, it may not be the end of the negotiation – roof repairs can be negotiated to be completed before closing, or with money being set aside to be completed after closing in some cases.

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The danger of covering your roof vents

by: Kirsten Land on February 3rd, 2015 about Residential Roofing, Roofing Advice

Roof vent - whirly birdMany homes have “whirly bird” vents or turbine vents. These vents look like small windmills and spin. The reason they are on your roof is to provide the air exchange your home needs to remain comfortable and healthy.

If you cover them, you can cause extremely expensive damage to your home!

While thinking of your home as “healthy” may not be a new concept to most, thinking about your attic ventilation in these terms might be a new idea for some people.

In the winter, it seems to make sense to cover the vents (like you might do for your external water faucets), and the covers are relatively inexpensive and easy to find, running around $10-$20/each at most home supply stores. But, like a lot of things in life, just because you CAN, doesn’t mean you SHOULD.

We know, it seems counterintuitive to let hot air escape from the attic during the winter, but that’s exactly what you should do, and there are several reasons why.

Fan vent diagramTrapping warm air inside the attic can cause condensation which leads to excessive moisture in the attic. Unfortunately, the combination of excessive moisture and heat can lead to mold.
Snow that melts from the roof of a warm attic, then refreezes at the gutters can cause what’s known as an ice dam. Ice dams can damage your roof. Snow on the roof should be allowed to melt naturally – which decreases the chances of runoff refreezing at the gutters.

Inhibiting your home’s natural air exchange through attic vents can trap harmful chemical and physical particulates. Ventilation helps keep the air fresh.

There’s a wealth of information on roof ventilation provided by Energy Star. And if you suspect your roof may be in need of repair or replacement, contact us for information and to schedule your free roof inspection!

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