And that's exactly what is on this house. A new roof. Well, new shingles anyway, so the intent of the ad is accurate. But be careful what you advertise! As I looked at this "new roof," I noticed that it was in no way done professionally. Would that concern you as a buyer? It should certainly concern a listing agent!
Even an untrained eye could see that the shingles were not aligned properly, were wavy, differently sized, cut improperly on the edges, some short and some 8 or 10" long and hanging down! There were gaps in the corners large enough for all manner of animalia to enter. There was no drip edge to protect the sheathing, which I could clearly see, even from the ground. And flashing? We don't need no stinking flashing.
Overall I was not impressed. Was I surprised? Well, NO, given the professionalism of what is out there working on homes, advertising their experience and willingness to work on "even the smallest jobs" that are "just as important" to them. Like the melting witch, I often find myself saying, "What a world... what a world..." as I sink into the ground, to disappear in a puff of smoke. Here is one example of what the "new roof" offered.
Hard to see, perhaps, is the waviness of the shingles. But notice how they wrap up and are nailed under the siding! And how the siding was merely pulled up to accommodate them! Look just over the gutter. See the gap? Can you tell how many layers of shingles are there? Yep, two. This roof's new shingles were installed OVER a previous, dried up layer. The gutter also has a downward bow in it, kind of visible here.
Because of the lay of the house on the lot, this view is not visible from the yard! And there was no where to safely place a ladder to get up there. To get this photo I had to go way into a slightly higher, neighboring yard (fearing for my life) to get this shot with the telephoto lense!
Here is a closer look at what I am describing.
It's a bit blurry, but you can clearly see what I mean.
IS THIS A PROFESSIONAL JOB?
No. Will it last? No. Will somebody buy it? Probably!
Would you want to buy it? No.
But you only know that because a home inspector told you some of the things going on with this roof!
My recommendation: Geez o' flip! When you see that something has been "remodeled," "redone," "new," "upgraded," "replaced," "modernized," or advertised with any other sexy marketing term, GET A FREAKING HOME INSPECTION! Thank you...
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560