It is the American dream to own your own home complete with a white picket fence wrapped around your front yard, 2.5 kids and your very own dog named Sparky. Of course, there are a few things that we all take for granted when envisioning our version of the American Dream. For instance, we often assume that our dream home has a functional roof and that gutters match the rest of the design features. However, many times new homeowners find out that there is much work to be done to their new home.
The roofers from All American Roofing are providing these roofing tips for new homeowners to help you be more prepared for the challenges of pulling together your new home. These brief tips can help you be a more informed consumer who is happier with the choices you make.
Review and Assess Your Home Inspection Report
Home inspections are a crucial part of the process of purchasing a new home. Certainly, emotions play a role in the home buying process, although they should not be a reason to ignore real issues found during your inspection. If your home inspection report indicates that there is a potential problem with your new roof, you should contact a licensed roofer to inspect and evaluate your roof.
Moreover, the age and condition of your roof can impact your homeowner’s insurance policy, so prepare yourself to discuss your options with your insurance agent with the most knowledge possible.
Schedule a Roof Inspection with a Licensed Roofer
If you do not trust your home inspection report or simply just want more information about your roof, you can contact a local, licensed roofer to inspect your roof and give you further details. Even if you do not have a roofer look at your roof before you purchase your new home, you should have a roofing contractor inspect your roof once annually to catch any minor concerns before they have the chance to develop into major issues.
Familiarize Yourself With Your Warranty
Many new homeowners will still be under warranty when they first purchase their new home. Be sure to review a copy of your warranty so that you will know the exact details of your coverage. Some warranties may be worded using complicated legalese, and you should read them carefully to be sure you fully understand your warranty.
Know the Details of Your Homeowner’s Insurance Policy
Arguably the most important purchase you make after buying your new home is your homeowners insurance policy. Most insurance policies cover damages to your roof sustained during storms, but your policy may not cover everyday wear and tear. New homeowners should read their policy to learn more about their deductible payments and other features of their coverage.