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Organising a roof survey is a very sensible decision when you are purchasing a property. While typical homebuyer surveys are thorough, they often only involve a brief visual inspection of a property’s roof. A more thorough inspection can reveal potentially significant structural issues which you, as the homeowner, could be liable for if they create problems down the line. Hiring a professional roofer to perform a roof survey can save you money and guarantee your peace of mind.
When it comes to the safety of your property, you want to find a tradesman that you can trust to get the job done to a high standard. Plentific.com can help you find the highest quality tradesmen in your local area, whatever your job might be. The Plentific website can quickly generate a bespoke contact list of local roofers with the skills to help you, and each will have a profile displaying their qualifications, past projects and customer reviews. Best of all, each and every job booked via Plentific will be covered by the Plentific Guarantee.
What do you need to know about roof surveys?
A roof survey involves a comprehensive inspection of a property’s roof, including the guttering and loft. The surveyor will deliver a report detailing any faults, usually with pictures included, and will include a breakdown of the costs for any recommended repairs.
It should be stressed at this point that while a roof survey is not mandatory, it is highly recommended. Firstly, if there is an expensive problem with your roof down the line, an insurance company is far less likely to accept liability if it was never properly inspected. Secondly, a homebuyer survey may not include a thorough inspection of a property’s roof. While issues like cracked tiles or clogged guttering can be spotted easily, structural problems can be more difficult to detect. Thirdly, the cost of repairing or replacing a roof will be much higher than the cost of having a roof survey done.
The cost of a roof survey will depend on the height and size of your roof. For higher than average roofs, your tradesman may need to hire a cherry picker or scaffolding in order to do their work safely. Larger roofs will, of course, take longer to survey, meaning that your tradesman will need to quote you a higher amount. For a standard terraced house, you could expect to pay around £150 for a roof inspection. An inspection for a semi-detached house will usually cost between £150 and £200, while for a large detached house you could expect to pay between £200 and £250.
You may find that some companies offer ‘free’ roof surveys, but typically these should be avoided. These companies may actively try to find faults which they can then offer you a quote to repair. However, you should expect your chosen hire to offer you a free estimate for any required work to repair your roof. One of the best ways of testing if a roofer is unbiased and high quality is to see if they are a member of a national trade organisation, as such groups have very high standards for membership.