How to Look at a House
You, a new home buyer, drive up to this house for the first time with your agent. What do you think? Nice brick exterior. Expensive landscaping. What would a good agent be thinking? They would be looking at the roof. What? Why in the world look at the roof?
Because this house has a lot of square footage of roof–look at the steep slopes and the dormers. Any buyer interested in this house should be determining that the roof is in good shape and has a lot of good years left. And the best place to see the roof is from the street or the end of the driveway. That is why a good agent looks at this roof first. They might also tell you about how many years are left, what the cost per square foot would be to replace the roof and any particular issues that exist. For example, a wood shingle roof usually has no sheathing underneath so will need an additional layer of plywood before asphalt shingles can be put on. This adds to the cost and should be taken into consideration.
Home buyers need a seasoned, educated pair of eyes to serve as their “counter” to the emotional reaction that a beautiful home can elicit. Exclusive buyer agents can do that. They have no listings or homes to “push”. So use one, if you can find one. They are a rare breed.
And wait until you see what a good agent does when you get inside!!