I drive around town a lot to see what’s going on. I check out the neighborhoods for new construction, what’s for sale by owner, for rent, what is being remodeled.
Here’s what else I notice:
- shutters that have fallen off their hinges,
- roof shingles that have slipped or broken off from the latest storm; perhaps a branch scraped the roof on its way to the ground,
- gutters hanging along the side of a house
- fences that need repair, and more.
While broken shutters are a curb appeal issue, a missing or damaged roof shingle can cause harm to the house itself and needs attention.
Oxford seems to get a lot of rain and the last thing a homeowner wants is water dripping into the attic. Even a little once-in-a-while drip can cause damage in the long run. If it gets in, it is sure to affect the rest of the house and that requires more repairing. A damp spot on the ceiling may not get noticed until it forms a stain. If you sell your house, you’ll have to put the leak and any damage that was repaired (or not) that you know of, in a disclosure for the new owners. And if you don’t know about it, the inspector will be sure to find the stain to alert you.
It is best to check your roof on a regular basis. A walk around the house to take note of shingles, flashing, gutters and trim can help you stay on top of maintenance issues. Put a scheduled walk-around on your phone calendar for reminders. Every few years ask a roofer to give your roof an inspection. He can tell you the life expectancy of your roof, whether he sees any issues, and an on-the-spot estimate for maintenance. If you’ve noticed some black stain lines on their roof, ask him what it would take to clean it up.
Homeowners should care for their homes to get the maximum life out of it. Caring for your home and the roof on a regular basis will maximize your selling potential if you decide to move.
Eileen Saunders, REALTOR with Tommy Morgan Realtors, 2092 Old Taylor Road, Oxford MS 38655, 662-404-0816 or 662-234-5344 Equal Housing
photo source: openclipart.org; “maison fuite-leaky house by enolynn