Homeowners: Protect Your Investment by Choosing the Right Roof

When buying a home in Tampa Bay, or if you already own a home here, it’s imperative that you consider your roof as an investment. Most people look at “a roof over their head” as a basic need. Not only does your roof protect your home itself, but the very valuable things within, including your family. Consider what a roof protects you from – sun exposure, several months of summer afternoon showers common to Florida, a humid environment that can easily lock in moisture, and winds that in some locations can easily shuffle around debris during a storm. Your roof is the barrier between you and the outside elements. As much as Floridians live here because we love the sun, it still pays a toll on your roof!
Given the facts, let’s consider what steps can be taken in choosing the right roofing system to protect one of the most valuable investments you’ll ever make – your home.

 

1. Cost

Your roof is measured in squares and should be done so by a licensed roofer. One square is 100 square feet, or 10′ by 10′. Not to be mistaken with the same square footage as the interior of your home as you must consider the pitch (or slope) of your roof. Once you have your roof measured accurately you can use that information to get a rough estimate together based on the materials you plan to use. Don’t forget to include the cost of labor and warranty.
The national average for a roof replacement, according to numbers reported by approximately 25,000 HomeAdvisor members was $7,061; and the average in Tampa (zip code 33602 used for reference) based on 328 HomeAdvisor members was $7,884.

 

 

 

 

Keep in mind you will have to take the following into consideration when it comes to comparing your cost to any average cost:

  • Roof size
  • Pitch
  • Installation
  • Materials
  • Number of layers
  • Stripping off old layers
  • Where you live
  • Code requirements
  • If you have a lot of skylights, chimneys, plumbing pipes or other adornments that need to be addressed during the installation

We recommend you get at least three estimates from reputable roofing companies before making a decision. Ask your Realtor for references as they’d be more than happy to provide this information to you!

 

2. Materials
There are several roofing materials to choose from but it would be wise to consider your personal needs in addition to climate conditions, etc., prior to choosing the material based only on the up-front ticket price. You might want to consider the immediate and long-term savings of a higher costing material; ie lower utility bills, better insurance rates, less frequency of replacement or repair. Some popular materials used in Tampa are below:
  • Asphalt shingles – most commonly used in Tampa and around the nation
  • Wood – lightweight, durable, and suitable for extreme weather conditions
  • Metal – long lasting and investment-wise a great purchase
  • Tile/Cement – resistant to fire and high-winds and aesthetically pleasing
  • Slate – minimal maintenance, long lasting, and durable

Keep in mind that not all roof types can be used on all roofs. Your favorite roofing material may not work for your roof! One material may actually be preferred or regulated by professionals over another depending on your roof type; ie. a flat roof vs a roof with a high pitch. It’s important to seek professional guidance when it comes to choosing the right roofing system for your home. You may also have some guidelines and restrictions outlined by your Homeowner’s Association so it’d be a good idea to check with them prior to making your purchase to avoid any unnecessary fines or replacement costs.

3. Contractor/Installation
Carefully selecting a roofing contractor is just as important as selecting the right roofing system for your home. At the end of the day a roof installed incorrectly can cost you far more in the long run. From structural damage to the frame and interior, to leaks and distress caused by a patchy, unwarranted job, it’s important that you do some research and again, don’t just consider the ticket price of the labor. When it comes to choosing your Tampa roofing contractor or company, it’ll be well worth it to invest in someone who is licensed, insured and bonded, experienced (with references) and someone who is professional. In addition, it is recommended you use a company who offers a legitimate warranty and that will be around in the future to make any necessary repairs.
If you have any questions about your roofing investment, please reach out to once of our experienced and professional NextHome Discovery team members today! We’d be happy to guide you.

Title Company 101

Title companies are frequently used entities in the real estate business. Not only do they do the necessary research to make certain that real estate property titles are legitimate and offer title insurance to prove it, but they also often maintain escrow accounts – meaning they can hold the money needed to close (as a third-party […]

Open Houses 101: How to Market

Open Houses are a great marketing tool for real estate agents to get exposure on their listings, and ultimately for home sellers to get their listed homes sold! For agents, it’s the perfect time for neighbors to help you sell your listing by word of mouth because neighbors love living near their best friends, and not to mention, it really shows your clients you mean business!  Impress everyone with your successful open house, using the opportunity to showcase your business and your brand to current clients and potential clients who might stop in. It’s all about setting yourself apart from the others.

You know it’s true, this shouldn’t be new news! So why are your open houses tanking it? Great question!

Jason Jakus shows us how to successfully move from a handful of people attending your open houses to pulling in 15-40 people to your one open house! He emphasizes the importance of having a system, which initially may seem time consuming, but proves worth it with proper set-up and implementation.

 

 

P.S. If you are looking for a brokerage that can help you with technology and techniques to help build exposure for your business, we’d love to chat! Visit us at www.ThisIsMyNextHome.com or send us an email at connect@DiscoverYourPlace.com to learn more!

Exploring Tampa Bay

So Many Ways to #DiscoverYourPlace in Tampa Bay!

We just love living in Tampa Bay and below you’ll see there are so many ways for you to explore our beautiful city.

Take your pick: boat, bike, streetcar or how about the all-new FREE Downtowner Shuttle? Watch this quick video from Visit Tampa Bay on the many ways you can #DiscoverYourPlace in our great city and then click here to find your NextHome!

 

Tampa #1 Moving Destination and #3 for Millennials this Summer

Tampa, Fla tops the list for where people are migrating this summer.

Migration patterns for those moving this year.


We aren’t surprised but love seeing the data proving why Tampa, Florida is the place to be! A strong job market and affordable housing are key factors in Tampa topping the list.

Tampa, FL tops the list as the #1 destination for those on the move.
Tampa, FL tops the list as the #1 destination for those on the move.

 

With great neighborhoods like Seminole Heights, Tampa Heights, Hyde Park, NoHo district, Channel District and a revitalized downtown Tampa, it’s no wonder Tampa, Fla has worked its way up to #3 as a destination for millennials. That coupled with strong job growth and affordable housing, what’s not to love about moving to Tampa Bay! Oh, and let’s not forget about our top rated beaches and our great sports teams (Go Lightning!).

With strong job growth and affordable housing, millennials are flocking to Tampa Bay.
With strong job growth and affordable housing, millennials are flocking to Tampa Bay.

 

If you are looking to relocate to Tampa Bay, NextHome Discovery neighborhood experts are here to help! Feel free to reach out to us today to begin your home search. We’d love to help you #DiscoverYourPlace in Tampa Bay!

 

Source: “The New Hot Spots Where Americans Are Moving Right Now,” realtor.com® (May 23, 2016)