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Would You Want To Inherit This When You Buy A House?

Would you want to inherit this when you buy a house?

Old antennas and satellite dishes are common on houses, at least in this area.

I suggest that antennas be removed as they are simply lightning rods, and never grounded properly.

But satellite companies encourage subscribers to leave their dishes on the house when it is sold in the hopes that the new buyer will simply re-up with that company if/when they want a direct TV service.

But what about this?  Would you want that on the roof?

And if the seller removes it, will the holes left behind be properly sealed?

It seems a problem to me, and I would not want that on my roof.

My recommendation:  sometimes things should be done before a house goes on the market so it is not an issue when the house is looked at by potential buyers.  And when a contract is accepted and the buyers make requests for repairs or what not, this sort of thing can become a point of contention.  Why not anticipate and eliminate that potential before the sale?



Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560


Comment balloon 5 commentsJay Markanich • November 25 2016 12:25PM


Good morning Jay Markanich ,

I always advise my sellers to remove any  satellite dishes if they are not in use..we don't usually have old TV antennas. The satellite companies won't come out and remove them and if the buyer wants to use the company they will install a new one anyway! Great post!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899) about 4 years ago

I recommend to my sellers who have dishes, leave them. I also advise buyers to at least leave the mounting saddle intact to prevent roof leaks. Good post!

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc.) about 4 years ago

Good morning Jay. In today's age, these mounts can become big problems! Use a professional roofer to remove them properly. Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) about 4 years ago

I am NOT an advocate for mounting these things on the roof... mount it on the SIDE of the house, to a pole, etc...

Mounting it on the roof requires bolts through your roofing material, yes, holes!! I agree with Jay, do you really want this on your roof? Here is the result of that installation...


Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) about 4 years ago

Dorie - for some reason there are a lot of straggling behind TV antennas here!  like you I am one in favor of removing issues before they come to the fore.

S&N - like I said the satellite companies want you to leave them!   But not a jumbled mess of wires and such!

Wayne - I would not want to be the guy getting up there.  And filling holes doesn't work - like you say, a roofer should replace the shingles where holes exist.

Fred - I remember that post.  Well, at least he finally found the rafter!  Or so one assumes...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 4 years ago

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