What's Under Your Roof ?

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Real Estate Agent with EXP Realty 414-525-0563 57026-90 Broker

You most probably never thought about it....the roof was replaced...a tearoff with the best dimensional shingles inclusive of a warranty and now you are set for decades to come. 

   It is one of the first questions that Buyers ask..."How old is the roof?
Beyond that...it the first thing that trips off the tongues of insurance agents  when  they quote required coverage  on a home which is also required  for the lender. Insurance companies may even inspect the roof before quoting any coverage...it can be a "deal breaker" if it is not proper repair for getting any coverage at all.

  roof   Water...and in Wisconsin, ice, can be "sneaky" and get under the asphalt and felt layers damaging the boards underneath. Boards are typically replaced with tearoffs and roof repairs.

  You "assume" everything is repaired and as it should be...and that may not be the case. We have seen it in luxury homes and homes of every price range...the  insulation below the boards got wet before the roof was replaced...and "mold took hold"...spreading throughout the attic. In many homes...an attic is a place insulationno one ever goes or has need to go. With basements,garage rafters and mega closets, it is no longer a storage space and once it is insulated, no one ever goes there....except the home inspector when you sell the house.

   It might be rolls or it could have been sprayed ....whatever the case..it could have mold.  Now...since this was something you did not know when you completed the required condition report when you listed your home, the Buyer may well ask to have it remediated before closing.  Not an impossible job...not a defect that can't be cured...but should be one done by professionals.

  In southeastern Wisconsin, we recommend AdvantaClean to clients in need of this service. They do an excellent job with fast, friendly service, no one could ask for more for such a task.

  This has been a suggested maintenance post brought to you by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, Broker Associates with EXP Realty, honored to be of assistance for all things real estate in southeastern Wisconsin.

 

 

 

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Amanda S. Davidson
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Sally and David, the roof can come up as a problem when selling but, something tells me it comes up on your area even more. I can't imagine the beating they take with your winters and it's not always apparent when problems are present. Such a nice shoutout for AdvantaClean. 

Apr 16, 2019 06:16 AM #9
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
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Roofers work is exterior and while they may suggest a peek inside...they are not qualified to diagnose or mitigate/remediate mold.

Apr 16, 2019 06:17 AM #10
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Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
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Nice way to get the word out on this company Sally and David. Yes, always use a professional!

Apr 16, 2019 08:37 AM #11
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Will Hamm
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Hello Sally and David,  I guess we are lucky not to have much ice on our roofs in the Denver area.  Great blog.

 

 

Apr 16, 2019 09:23 AM #12
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Michael Jacobs
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Hello Sally and David - how many issues could/would be avoided if "assume" was eliminated?  Just curious.

Apr 16, 2019 10:54 AM #13
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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Hi Sally K. & David L. Hanson - You always do an excellent job with your shout-outs for other businesses, like Advanta-Clean. As a respected REALTOR®, your recommendations matter and mean a very lot. 

Apr 16, 2019 11:31 AM #14
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Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
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The roof is definitely a big deal and HVAC units are a very big deal here, summers would be very rough without a working HVAC system.

Apr 16, 2019 11:50 AM #15
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George Souto
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Sally and David this is one of many surprises that can occur in the process of buying or selling a home.

Apr 16, 2019 03:05 PM #16
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Kathy Streib
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Sally and David- we don't have basements and I've yet to set foot in one of our attics. But after reading about the surprised that could exist, you really do need to hire a professional who knows what they're doing. 

Apr 16, 2019 05:56 PM #17
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James Dray
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Morning Sally.

Not that long ago we had an insurance guy come by and give us a presentation.  One of the things he mentioned is the roof.  According to him insurance companies like new roofs. Never thought of the mold issue you wrote about

Apr 17, 2019 01:51 AM #18
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It amazes me when I drive around and see rooftops covered in moss and in need of mainenace, and likely repair. I always wonder what the attic looks like too. It takes effort to maintain a house properly - but it's so worth it. As you might guess, attic mold is a problem here in the wet Pacific Northwest. Great shout out for Advanta-Clean.

Apr 17, 2019 07:51 AM #19
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First thing I ask my home inspector is about the insulation Sally K. & David L. Hanson 

Apr 17, 2019 08:54 AM #20
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Interestingly the latest edition of Real Estate Magazine had a feature on attic mold.  I saw it and thought of this post.  It concluded what I have heard in all my classes - mold in the attic does NOT affect the indoor air quality of the house and is no danger to residents or affect the enjoyment of the house. 

But it does affect the resale value of the house as people freak out when they see it (there is a LOT of misinformation out there about mold).  And there are cheaper ways to eliminate attic mold than the professionals.

Apr 18, 2019 04:04 PM #21
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
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Mmmm....I respectfully disagree...it absolutely has to be removed when  a buyer finds it in an inspection...and few buyers would settle for less than an official okey dokey from a remediation company.  Some people here also use attics as other than places to put insulation...that is...for storage of holiday stuff...

Apr 18, 2019 04:12 PM #22
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Jay Markanich
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If the reason for the mold has not been established and corrected any remediation is a waste of money and time.  Mold is the symptom of another problem.  If it's gone when buyers see it there is and was no problem.

Sure it has to be removed because of the misinformation!  And yes, attics are used for storage here too, and mold will not affect that stuff unless it is organic (like leathers). 

Fix the moisture problem first and the mold is easy to get rid of.

Apr 19, 2019 07:51 AM #23
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                                           Thank you, Sally and David. 

Apr 20, 2019 07:01 PM #24
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Grant Schneider
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Good morning Sally and David - it is certainly one of the more important parts of the home.  I think that is is wise to check the attic.

Apr 21, 2019 06:18 AM #25
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
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There could be several sources of mold in attic - bathroom vents that vent into the attic, actual vents that were closed off, etc. The attic should definitely be checked!

Apr 22, 2019 02:58 AM #26
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Laura Cerrano
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All the stuff that we never think about is under those areas. it’s like the metaphor and the real thing all rolled into one

Apr 22, 2019 11:37 PM #27
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Laura Cerrano
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Mold in the Attic needs to be the name of an album by now, don’t you think so?

Apr 22, 2019 11:38 PM #28
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