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Old 07-12-2008, 09:40 PM   #1
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What can make a roof slump on one side?


I was considering putting a bid on a repossed home in my town. When I got home and looked at the photos I took of it I noticed the roof was crooked. I was going to have the holes in the walls fixed and use it as a rental, but if this is indicative of a major structural problem then I wont even put in a bid. I was going to have it inspected by a professional if I did put in a bid and it was accepted, but if I know this house has a major problem now I could save myself $300.

I hopefully attached the photo correctly. It shows that a section of the front roof has dropped about 4 inches. I didn't notice any sag in the foundation. Could the trusses have broken and caused the roof to tilt?

Should I waste my time with this house?
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As posted on your other post, it appears to be a sloppy Siding job, but the only way that you can tell if the roof trusses have shifted, is by poking your head into the ceiling in that section.

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Looks to me like a addition,maybe just sloppy framing,etc.I'd put in a bid( on conditions that it passed inspection)
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Thank you guys. I will do what you suggested.

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Hard to say for sure just from the photo with only a frontal view, but it looks like the siding installer just cut those bottom rows too short creating that optical illusion.

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I have never seen anything like that before. Now it could have been just a sloppy framing and siding. But that doesn't mean any structure problems. Get a good home inspector in there. If he gives green lite i say put a bid in go low lookin to clean up. The roof looks good. It would make a good rental property assuming you can get it cheap.
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the panels above are straight and to the roof,probably removed and cut those panels when the roof was done,structure definitely seems straight to me
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Throw a level up on the fascia board, it'll tell you how bad its off. Do some measurements from the bottom row of siding up, etc.

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