Home insurance will cover your leaking roof if the damage is caused by a storm, and if a storm has damaged your roof you would expect to see signs of damage to the exterior. But if your leaking roof is due to poor maintenance and wear and tear the insurance company will not cover the cost of repairs.
If the roof on your house is in a very bad state of repair you may need to replace it before you sell. If you don’t when your roof needs replacing you may struggle to sell it to conventional homebuyers, as they may not be able to get a mortgage on your home if it’s considered uninhabitable.
Before you buy a house with a flat roof make sure you pay for a full building survey to check the integrity of the structure and state of repair of the membrane covering. Flat roof repairs can be costly, which means if you don’t get this checked before you buy it could cost you in the future.
Doing work on a house before completion requires a “key undertaking”. This key undertaking needs to be in place with the vendor of the property before contracts are exchanged. Also, you can only realistically do building work on a property between exchange and completion if the property is empty.
If you buy a house with an east facing garden the back garden will enjoy the sunshine in the morning. The front garden will be drenched in sunshine the whole afternoon after 1pm and into the evening. The sun sets in the west so you’ll not be able to enjoy the evening sun in an east facing garden.
If you buy a house with a west facing garden the front of the house enjoys sunlight in the morning and the back garden will be drenched in sunshine the whole afternoon after 1pm and into the evening. As the sun sets in the west you’ll be able to watch great sunsets in your west-facing back garden.