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  1. 2)SPLIT THE COST - You can pay part of the cost of the new roof in cash at closing or by agreeing to a price increase equal to part of the cost of the roof. The most common arrangement is to split it 50/50, but you could also negotiate for less than half of the cost.

  2. 3)PAY FOR IT YOURSELF - You can pay the seller in cash for the new roof at closing or agree to increase the sale price equal to the cost of the roof. Increasing the sale price too much may put you above the appraiser’s estimate of the value of the home for the mortgage, so this strategy can be risky.

  3. 4)GET A RENOVATION LOAN - “A renovation loan is the perfect product in this situation,” according to Betsy Pepine, of Pepine Realty. “You can get renovation financing to repair, upgrade or remodel your home. For example, if the house is $200K and the new roof is $10K, you would get a loan for $210K. Once you close on the house, you put the roof on immediately and the contractor is paid by the lender, who is holding the additional $10K. Many insurance companies will insure a home with an older roof if they know you are getting renovation financing.”

    If you really like the house, don’t allow a bad roof to keep you from buying it. Let your realtor find a creative solution, and you will move into a house with a handsome new roof that has lots of years of life ahead.


  To read about issues related to homes of an specific era or type of house, visit one of these blog posts:

What are the common problems to look for when buying a 1950s house?

  1. What are the common problems to look for when buying a 1960s home?

  2. What are the common problems to look for when buying a 1970s home?

  3. What are the common problems to look for when buying a 1980s house?

  4. What problems should I look for when buying a country house or rural property?

  5. What problems should I look when when buying a house that has been moved?

  6. What problems should I look for when buying a house that has been vacant or abandoned?

  7. What are the most common problems with older mobile homes?

  8. What should I look for when buying a “flipper” house?

  9. What should I look for when buying a former rental house?

  10. Why is a popped nail in a shingle roof a problem? How do I fix it?

While we hope you find this series of articles about home inspection helpful, they should not be considered an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector. Also, construction standards vary in different parts of the country and it is possible that important issues related to your area may not be covered here.
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