If your house could talk to you there would be many things it would convey that need your attention, us older homes especially. Let me tell you a bit about what’s top of my list to be inspected. The more attentive you are to my needs, the less money I’ll cost over time, and the longer I’ll be around for you. The Roof The roof is my first line of defense for you against the outside elements. Remember that snow storm last winter that left me holding about a foot of snow up for about a week? I do. My rain gutters are still hanging by a thread from the weight. But we’ll get to that later. In general, a roof should last at least ten years, but there are some additional problems that should be looked for before ruling out the idea of a new roof before that time is up. Make sure all my shingles are intact, and there aren’t any loose materials hanging around near the chimney. To ensure my roof is being taken care of properly, look inside for signs of water damage or leaking. In many cases it is easier and cheaper to reroof the whole thing at once rather than doing part at one time and the rest a couple years down the road.