If you use Google Maps you may have noticed that they seem to have recently updated their maps of South Florida (satellite/hybrid aerial maps). How can I tell? Well, because now when I use Google Maps, I see lots of roofs with blue tarps on them… something we saw everywhere throughout South Florida for many months after Hurricane Wilma blew through Broward County as well as other surrounding counties. Even now… almost two years later, you’ll still ocassionally see homes with a blue tarp on the roof.
If you’re a home buyer looking at homes in South Florida, this may be a good way to tell if the home you’re considering buying had roof damage. In fact, the aerial maps even reveal which South Florida neighborhoods had roofs that weathered the hurricane better than others.
Of course, Florida home buyers should always ask the home seller to provide them with a copy of the Seller’s Property Disclosure Statement (SPDS) which is designed to assist home buyers in evaluating the property being considered. In Florida, a home seller is obligated to disclose to a buyer all known facts that materially affect the value of the property being sold and that are not readily observable.