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    Roofing estimate

    My wife and I are house shopping right now, and we've run into one that we really like. In fact, we like most everything about it, outside of the fact that it's in desperate need of a new roof.

    It would need a complete tear down- new soffit and facia board, everything. What would be a reasonable estimate (per square foot) for a complete re-roofing job and a standard 25-year shingle? It's a pretty basic roof structure.

    Also, we're looking in the Ankeny area, so feel free to suggest some reputable/affordable contractors.



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    Re: Roofing estimate

    I am thinking that I was told that $2-4/ sq ft gets it stripped and reshingled. I think it was $2-3 for medium quality asphalt shingles and $3-4 if you used high quality asphalt shingles. I would think that would get you the soffit and facia included.



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    Re: Roofing estimate

    Quote Originally Posted by psychlone99 View Post
    My wife and I are house shopping right now, and we've run into one that we really like. In fact, we like most everything about it, outside of the fact that it's in desperate need of a new roof.

    It would need a complete tear down- new soffit and facia board, everything. What would be a reasonable estimate (per square foot) for a complete re-roofing job and a standard 25-year shingle? It's a pretty basic roof structure.

    Also, we're looking in the Ankeny area, so feel free to suggest some reputable/affordable contractors.
    Have you checked in the attic to make sure there isn't water damage at all? If the roof is in really bad shape to the point where it's been leaking things can get bad in a hurry so make sure you check that out too!



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    Re: Roofing estimate

    Quote Originally Posted by tigershoops31 View Post
    Have you checked in the attic to make sure there isn't water damage at all? If the roof is in really bad shape to the point where it's been leaking things can get bad in a hurry so make sure you check that out too!
    totally, I had to reshingle 2 summers ago (did it ourselves) and a "quick" job got a lot longer when we discovered 3/4ths of the plywood had to be replaced and there was hardly any insulation ... wood and insulation tripled my cost.



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    Re: Roofing estimate

    With the way the housing market is, be sure to request additional money from the buyer for the new roof. You'll likely get it.



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    Re: Roofing estimate

    Quote Originally Posted by cycloneworld View Post
    With the way the housing market is, be sure to request additional money from the buyer for the new roof. You'll likely get it.
    Exactly. Get a quote before you sign the paperwork. Once you have the official quote build it into the sale price for a deduction. Especially if the house has been on the market for a while the will likely do anything for a sold sign.


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    Re: Roofing estimate

    Make the seller pay for it.



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    Re: Roofing estimate

    Quote Originally Posted by cycloneworld View Post
    With the way the housing market is, be sure to request additional money from the buyer for the new roof. You'll likely get it.
    Quote Originally Posted by shildreth View Post
    Exactly. Get a quote before you sign the paperwork. Once you have the official quote build it into the sale price for a deduction. Especially if the house has been on the market for a while the will likely do anything for a sold sign.
    Quote Originally Posted by becrisgreg View Post
    Make the seller pay for it.
    Bought our house last summer and we're looking at putting on a new roof this year. Wish we'd thought to get the money from the seller.



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    Re: Roofing estimate

    I would push for an allowance for the roof if possible. Take it off the sale or better yet they give you the cash. Another possibility is the roof replaced to your specs as a condition of sale. If they are motivated they may bite.

    Cost Wise -- 225-275 per square (100sq. ft) On and Off with no sheathing, fascia etc... for a 30 year shake like a Certainteed.



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    Re: Roofing estimate

    I have been roofing the last 4 years during the summer, and if the whole house needs new soffit and facia boards, you can expect the cost to jump fairly high. As the others have said before, make sure the sheathing is in good shape. If it's rotten with a lot of water damage, that will be another big additional cost. And also, check to see how many layers of "old" shingles there are that will be torn off. If there are a lot of layers, that will be another additional cost.



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    Re: Roofing estimate

    Bought my house a year ago & made the seller put on a new roof. (tear off & replace). Some of of the soffits & facia boards were replaced too. The total cost was about $6,000 for a standard size roof. That will get you in the ballpark.



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    Re: Roofing estimate

    You may want to check with your insurance agent to see if you can insure a house with such a bad roof. Every company has different rules, but its something you might want to check on. I would hate to have you find this out 2 weeks before closing.

    I'm an agent and I've run across this before. We sometimes allow a month or so to get the roof taken care of but i can't speak for other companies.

    If the seller does fix the roof, make sure its done right. If someone is moving out, they may cut corners to save a few bucks.



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