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Old 08-29-2019, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Rochester, WA
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Originally Posted by Arktikos View Post
Since when are realtors qualified to assess the integrity of a roof?

Yes, he needs to talk with realtor to find out the basis for this comment.
The roof may be unsightly from moss or mildew/dirt, in which case perhaps a power washing is in order.
If no rust, rot or leaks present, I certainly wouldn't go to the trouble and cost of doing it.
Well, we're not. But we do see a lot of them. And we learn to see what inspectors and appraisers and insurance estimators see when they come out and assess the integrity of roofs.

The Realtor has given an opinion, that may have been seconded by the roofing company who gave the estimate. We here have no way of knowing whether the roof is actually bad. They don't all last 30 years, if that's what you're asking.

Moss and mildew are not good signs and need to be taken care of, but asphalt roofs definitely should NOT be power washed, because THAT is how 30 year roofs only last 16 years.
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Old 08-29-2019, 03:00 PM
 
Location: Rochester, WA
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OUr entire neighborhood is full of homes either pushing 30 or are over 30. If you want a newer roof, then a buyer should look at a newer neighborhood.

Unless you think your neighborhood is going down hill, I would imagine those 30 year old roofs will get replaced soon!
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Old 08-29-2019, 03:06 PM
 
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Have a company co-worker who was commenting about selling his place. He was told (by the realtor) he needed to replace the roof. He found out it would be about $12,900. 16 years ago it was $4,800.

I asked him why replace the roof when it still had 14 good years or better left? He said he'd talk to the realtor as to why this was wanted, since I was right about the roof not needing replacement.

Have any here had that issue and results were?
In CO. where I am it is very common for insurance companies to NOT insure a newly purchased house unless it has a new roof (big hail issues here).
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Old 08-29-2019, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Round Rock, Texas
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Unless you think your neighborhood is going down hill, I would imagine those 30 year old roofs will get replaced soon!
maybe. maybe not. The neighborhood isn't in any danger of going downhill and I'd wager maybe half of the neighborhood has replaced the roof while the other half hasn't. The previous owners didn't replace ours and they didn't knock much off the price either. They've made repairs along the way, but the roof held up fine, passed inspection, and the trees around the houses shield many of the homes from storm damage. If it passes inspection, then there's no pressing need to replace a roof unless the cost is baked into the purchase price.
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Old 08-29-2019, 04:09 PM
 
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Just have it pressure washed and stop there. Maybe an attic inspection to be sure of no leaks. You can't start bending over backwards replacing things at 50% life before the offer is signed.
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Old 08-29-2019, 04:28 PM
 
Location: Rochester, WA
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Just have it pressure washed and stop there. Maybe an attic inspection to be sure of no leaks. You can't start bending over backwards replacing things at 50% life before the offer is signed.

Repeating! Don't pressure wash asphalt roof. If you don't believe me, ask an inspector, or anyone who is actually in roofing. It will take literally half the life off a roof. If it's an old roof already, it will kill it.
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Old 08-29-2019, 04:59 PM
 
Location: Gainesville, FL
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Is he actually going to believe the realtor? Unless realtor did a certified home inspection including walking on the roof.

But... some insurance companies have been rejecting or increasing prices on policies if roofs are over 10 yrs or so. Sure, let's all put on 20K roofs every ten years. Scam. Just another way to squeeze homeowners on a major expense. Realtors try to get sellers to update and spend all kinds of money to make it easier for them to sell and get paid sooner, even if the homeowner loses money.
Not likely. The roofing companies and insurance companies arenít in cahoots here.

Agents want a sale that can close, and insurance requirements and lenders have certain standards to adhere to. If the buyer canít get financing or insurance...big problem, and not just for the listing agent.

We were lucky when we bought our house because our roof was at the end of its life. That was 12 years ago and we still havenít replaced it nor had problems but our insurance policy has been sold and transferred multiple times because of it as itís considered a higher risk of loss.
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Old 08-29-2019, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Gainesville, FL
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Seems everyone is talking about how the buyers might feel. Itís not necessarily up to the buyer. Itís up to lender and insurance.
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Old 08-29-2019, 05:12 PM
 
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The person to ask is the insurance guy with the company that insures the house/roof/deck etc. You don't want to loose insurance. You don't want to think it's covered for 30 years all this time and then find out the 30 year roof is covered by insurance for 24 years. And when they're out looking at the roof you don't want the insurance guy to note that the deck has some serious gaps and you have to get that fixed in a hurry to meet the insurance coverage deadline.

The roof company and the insurance guy are two very separate entities.
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Old 08-29-2019, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Round Rock, Texas
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Seems everyone is talking about how the buyers might feel. Itís not necessarily up to the buyer. Itís up to lender and insurance.
If the roof passes inspection, then it's fine.

Our lender gave us a loan on a roof that was near the end of its lifespan. Our insurer insured a home that had a 25 year old roof and the cost was not exorbitant.
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