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So you needed a new roof!

You called several roofers and got various estimates with all kinds of options.  You made the appropriate choice, according to your budget and now the roofers have come and gone.

It LOOKS beautiful!

It was obviously installed properly because it rained hard during the night after the installation and you were able to remove the buckets in front of the TV and the wading pool is no longer in the hallway.

The problem with roof installations is that they are often about more than the roof itself.  There are also all the chimney flashing details and other things not “directly” related to the roof surface itself.

It is always wise to have the roof inspected by a third party (your local friendly and qualified home inspector) to verify that all these other related elements have also been completed satisfactorily.

Guy wires were never re-attached
This picture is of a one week old roof that I was called to re-inspect.  The roofing job was excellent for the most part except that the guy wires that support the electrical mast were merely left laying on the roof surface. 

Job done.

Charles Buell, Real Estate inspections in Seattle

PS---I am still in desperate need related to my last post

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Comment balloon 14 commentsCharles Buell • July 29 2015 09:34AM


It happens and needs to be addressed as soon as possible and that's the bottom-line agenda there. :)

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 3 years ago

Always good to have a major job inspected by a 3rd party, people love cutting corners and even doing a great job everywhere leave a little detail like that out.

Posted by Stefan Winter, Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech (Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger) over 3 years ago

We see a lot of problems with our flat patio roofs here in Arizona for some reason. It's a pretty popular repair request from buyers. 

Posted by Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty (Zion Realty) over 3 years ago

Opps.... It's the little things. And they will turn into big things later.

Posted by Rene Fabre, Marketing in the Digital Age (First American Title) over 3 years ago

And sometimes it is what you can't see that is the problem. We just had one that didn't quite get it right with no felt and improper flashing. Only discovered after the hail damage claim.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) over 3 years ago

Laura, and I am sure it will be

Stefan, the devil is in the details as they say

Nicole, I can imagine the sun is pretty hard on most roofs there

Rene, it would not be fun to have the electrical mast rip off the house :)

Joe, and home inspectors can at least check that underlayment is present around the edges.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 3 years ago

Your job done but theirs waa incomplete!  

Posted by 1 ~Judi & Don Barrett & Chassy Eastep - Integrity, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) over 3 years ago

So, who was the guy who did that to the wires? 

But how do you know it was a guy.  Those could be a gal wires.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

Judi, hopefully someone will complete it though

Jay, too true---I have not figured out how to tell them apart

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 3 years ago

Any roof, new or old is only as good as the installation. You didn't think the installer was going to poke holes in his new roof for something as silly as guide wires do you? LOL

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) over 3 years ago

Fred, a guy can have his windmills to tilt at can't he? :)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 3 years ago

Always good advice to bring in an additional set of eyes to give their insights and opinions on the project.  Obviously most homeowners will just assume that after that first major raining, that the new roof was done well, however there can always be those details overlooked.

Posted by Morgan Evans, LICENSED REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) over 3 years ago

Hi Charles...Fortunately the home owners knew enough to ask you to take a look. I probably wouldn't have thought of that but now I will so thank you for sharing. We're due for a new roof in the not too distant future.


Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) over 3 years ago

Morgan, especially if one of the other trades is involved

Kate, good luck with your new roof---and make sure you have someone come in to give it a good look

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 3 years ago