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Old 03-21-2009, 08:40 AM
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Hi All,

Does Home inspectors check rooftops as part of the usual Home inspection process and report here in Charlotte? If not would it be on request?

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Old 03-21-2009, 09:35 AM
Location: Union County, NC
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Most inspectors do not go up on the roof, but inspect using binoculars. If you want a full roof inspection, there are inspectors that specialize in that..
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Old 03-21-2009, 10:46 AM
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We just had our current home inspected (prelisting) and it was done using binoculars.
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Old 03-21-2009, 01:44 PM
Location: South Charlotte
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Yep binoculars and attic inspection. Some will use a camera with a strong zoom feature to take pictures and make notes of area possible concerns or problems.
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Old 05-14-2009, 11:13 AM
Location: Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX
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This is an interesting post from an Inspectors point of view. I am not located in North Carolina and am not aware of local practices. Here in Texas, and almost all other states I am aware of, to not walk a roof without a good reason is the sign of a minimalist Inspector. I've walked some pretty steep roofs as that is the only way to see some very important details. There are times of course when a roof should not be walked due to its condition, weather conditions, etc.

I also noticed that one poster also mentioned not walking attics. There have been few attics I have not walked through. Again it is imperative to do this as many issues are found that way. The only attics I have not walked were homes with heavy amounts of insulation. If I have to work through more than a few inches of insulation it becomes dangerous to try walking it.

Please pass it along to check out your Inspector thoroughly. Ask them before using them how they inspect roofs, attics, crawlspaces, etc. Ask them specifically what will stop them from being able to walk a roof, attic, etc. You have to be careful as many Inspectors will say nothing to book the job and then when they arrive will make a decision whether to inspect these areas closely or not. Many times that decision is influenced by how many inspections they booked for that day or other appointments they have.

As a buyer you are on a time constraint to perform your due diligence inspections. The last thing you want is to hire a bum Inspector and lose time over it.
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Old 05-14-2009, 11:19 AM
Location: Highland Creek Area
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Our inspector used binoculars. I was surprised to see him show up without a ladder and with the binocs. Previous experience in other states dictated that inspectors will walk the roof. As a buyer, I would prefer they get up there and take a look.
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Old 12-17-2009, 09:46 AM
Location: Lenoir/Morganton, NC
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I would ask the inspector, and specifically request that it be done. I'm about 1 1/2 hours north of Charlotte, and I know at least some of the inspectors here will go up on the roof at least some of the time, but I'm not sure what's considered typical because there are only a few that I've worked with.
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Old 12-17-2009, 05:15 PM
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You want to call any roofing company for this inspection. They all will walk the roof and will tell you what is wrong with it.
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Old 08-27-2011, 06:32 AM
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Roof inspections are important for making regular for many reasons. One reason is to prevent leaks before they become out of control. Another is to ensure that your roof is in proper order after a storm or severe weather conditions, otherwise you could be charged with a replacement to your insurance company. There are a few different factors to consider when inspecting a roof, and a number of different things to see at.One important time to have a roof inspection done on your house after a powerful storm hit. Often, heavy rains, hail and high winds fueled will destroy many shingles on your roof.

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