Home Inspection Tips – Grand Strand Real Estate

As a home owner, maintaining your property in sound condition plays an important role to its value.  One of the most important assets to our home is its roof.  Here in the Myrtle Beach Real Estate market, think of all the elements a homes roof is exposed to. Here on the Grand Strand we experience a constant wind being close in proximity to that oceanfront we all love. This affects your roofs condition. Hail as well as rain all play a part in affecting the condition and well-being of your home’s roof. An annual checkup is all you need to save yourself from some unforeseen problems.

Start With The Basics

Look for missing shingles, cracked caulking. Check around your chimney for anything unusual damage. Skylights are common-place here at the beach be sure to check them for wear or cracking, caulk them if needed.  Check for nails and rust spots on any flashing.  These should be replaced right away.  Keep those gutters cleaned out. We deal with a lot of Pine straw here in the North Myrtle Beach and surrounding areas so be sure to stay on top of that.  These are a few easy precautionary steps you can take to ensure you catch things before they are ever an issue.

Signs Of A Roof Leak

Early signs of trouble can be dark areas on the ceiling, peeling of paint,damp areas around the fireplace and also look for stains on plumbing near the water heater and vents. If you suspect that you may have some problems, some companies give free evaluations so be sure to take advantage of that.

Trim Trees & Branches

Tree trimming can go a long ways when trying to prevent a bunch of leaves or that unwanted moss from growing on your roof.  Try to keep branches 10 feet away from your roof to help with these issues. Remember, this can be quite dangerous. Call a pro if needed. Prevention isn’t worth too much if you severely hurt yourself in the making.

Replacing Your Roof

National Average for a new asphalt shingle roof is about 21k, according to Remodel Magazine’s Cost / Value Report.  You can expect to recoup 60% at resale.  Some Grand Strand Properties may have  higher end materials which can run you up to 40k. So take care of that roof and look for the early signs and save yourself some money!

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