While I was driving I was asked to stop by a house and the voice asked, "Can you tell me if I need a new roof?"
Quickly I told this homeowner what to look for and suggested that the roof can be evaluated by looking at it, and seeing the presence of the signs I was going to give him.
"Signs?" I was asked.
"Sure. Severely curling, broken or generally damaged shingles. Shingles that break off every time the wind blows. Missing sections. Roof leaks in the house. Bad flashing around a chimney. Leaking through windows. Things like that. Does the roof look to be in bad condition?"
"Yes, but I would still feel more comfortable if you would stop by."
So I did.
Pulling up to the house this is view that greeted me from the street. ------>
In addition, there was leaking into the upstairs bedrooms.
There was leaking over and into each of the front bay windows. The ivy growing on the house was also introducing moisture into the structure.
The gutters were full and had not been cleaned in a long time. This was causing rot to the fascia boards and the roof sheathing just behind the gutters.
This is a classic case of the older, not-maintained roof!
Happily I noticed this homeowner is a proud purchaser of Billy Jays very popular product
That product will let homeowners select from various seeds to plant in the gutter, and grow the gutter garden most desired!
Billy Jays would be very proud!
I have to say, driving around town I do see lots of proud purchasers of this fine product!
And this homeowner had planted the seeds in both the front and rear gutters!
As you can see, Billy Jays sells a robust product!
Additionally, front and rear on this house, the perpetually full gutters have damaged, rotted and otherwise ruined fascia boards front and rear.
Showing up to his house I not only evaluated his roof, but his insulation, roof sheathing from inside the attic and a few other things he was having problems with.
Why not give him his money's worth for asking me to come by? As this was a verbal inspection the homeowner was diligent in taking notes.
Pointing out so many things he was most satisfied with my visit.
My recommendation: now this blog goes on line. Others will be able to see it. One great thing that blogs accomplish is to put educational information out there for people to see. I get calls all the time from people all over the country thanking me for my blog on this or that. And I get many calls from people, like this homeowner, who want to utilize my services. That is probably true for everyone who is so inclined to put instructive posts on the blogosphere. Blogging works.
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560