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Can You Tell Me If I Need A New Roof?

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

Get Yer Gutter Garden!

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

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 19 commentsJay Markanich • July 17 2015 03:49AM

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Age and condition of roofs are the trickiest part of getting a deal to close, especially when financing is involved.

Posted by David Barr (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty) about 5 years ago

This is not a house for sale David.  And this roof is one of many things needing to be done.  The house defines "deferred maintenance."

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 5 years ago

Good morning Jay,

It is amazing while driving in a neighborhood of 25+ year old homes the ones that have been taken care of and the ones that compare to the one above!

Make yourself a great day.

Posted by Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) about 5 years ago

Good morning Jay... Duh! you think?  I think we have seen this around here also...  

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) about 5 years ago

You know, I think even the untrained eye could see there is a problem here.  Ah yes, to deferred maintenance. And, now it's many things to repair.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) about 5 years ago

Gutter garden.. I think that sums it up.

Posted by Richard Burge Realty/ Burge Homes, Broker in Charge/Owner (Richard Burge Realty/Burge Homes) about 5 years ago

Good morning Jay. This is very telling and your eye is better than most.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) about 5 years ago

Educating the readers is an important part of blogging, expert opinion and detailed photos can go a long way in making sense of things for the homeowner. I can see how you have built this trust Jay.

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366) about 5 years ago

Most times a roof tune-up is sufficient to give more life to an existing roof than expensive replacement!

Posted by Sham Reddy CRS, CRS (H E R Realty, Dayton, OH) about 5 years ago

Raymond - this is an extreme example for sure, but home maintenance is sometimes a thing that is truly deferred.

I have seen it before James.  But this is the first time I have been called out of the blue from a homeowner with one.  He found me because of my blogs.

Debbie - there are issues all over this house - over, under, inside, and out.

Richard - it is one of Billy's  best sellers!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 5 years ago

Sheila - my kids hate driving through neighborhoods with me because I critique houses as I drive by.  Is that a "drive-by inspection?"

Tom - trust is the key.  Especially if there are more than one blog on a topic.

I had one of those on my roof two years ago Sham!

 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 5 years ago

A person should never let their roof get this far out of control. I have to agree with Debbie Gartner even the untrained eye can see it is really bad. Those gutter gardens are the worst. See those all the time too.

Posted by Sussie Sutton, David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers (David Tracy Real Estate) about 5 years ago

Thanks Sussie.  It is obvious, but people don't know what they don't know.

And Billy Jays  would disagree with you about those gutter gardens...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 5 years ago

When I read the title and saw the pics, it made me laugh really hard! He don't need no stinking roof... it's still standing and I have 4 buckets left! I get the untrained eye thing... but he does have eyes.... doesn't he?

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) about 5 years ago

Can you spell geek Fred?  He is really smart about some things, but not about home maintenance.  I gave him a list of seasonal chores.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 5 years ago

I like that little forest nursery growing in the rain gutters, clearly these have been failing for a while.

thanks Jay!

 

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities) about 5 years ago

That's what I call a Green Roof, Bob!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 5 years ago

In New York City they call that a rooftop garden.  They are all the rage!

Posted by Stephen Weakley (Nationwide Mortgage Services) about 5 years ago

Saving the planet one roof at a time Stephen. 

For sure.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 5 years ago

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