Because not every house has a new roof. If your roof is older, buyers tend to worry that it will need to be replaced or that it leaks.
During one escrow, a roofing company inspected a roof and declared that it needed a complete tear-off. The seller was shocked because it had been inspected a few years earlier and given a clean bill. There's a fine line involving conflicts of interest when a roofing company, which is also going to do its own estimated repairs, is inspecting a roof. Turns out this particular roofing company did not like the spacing on the first row of shingles.
The seller called another roofer to inspect the roof and to issue a roof certification. The second roofer approved the installation job and stated the roof had another 12 years remaining of effective life. The seller gave both inspections to the buyer, who then approved the second and final roof inspection. If you'd like to know more about roof certifications . . . read more about roof inspections
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At the time of writing, Elizabeth Weintraub, DRE # 00697006, is a Broker-Associate at Lyon Real Estate in Sacramento, California.