Wise potential homeowners do a walk through with their home inspector. Windows and doors are an item that should be checked inside and out. Why is it so important for a home inspector to check windows and doors? Windows and doors can leak and cause water damage. Air can leak out of improperly installed doors and windows, raising your utility bill. The structural design of windows and doors can be a problem as well. New homeowners should be aware of what a home inspector looks for when inspecting windows and doors of a home.
Cracked or Broken Window Panes
Cracked and broken windows aren’t just unsightly, they’re dangerous. You and your home inspector should always check for broken glass. In addition to causing injuries, it could be an indication of a break in or an invitation for future break ins. The glass is already broken, which makes it easier for thieves to enter. Broken glass also causes drafts, which can raise utility bills.
Improper or Broken Seals / Gaps
Window and door seals keep weather out and comfort in. Broken seals can lead to water damage from leakage. They can also wreak havoc on utility bills. New homeowners might notice obvious window or door damage. Your home inspector should check for detailed problems such as improperly sealed windows and doors or gaps and cracks.
Do the windows work? Has an enthusiastic seller painted them shut? Do the doors open and close easily? You and your home inspector should do more than check for obvious damage. Each window and door should be opened and closed to see if it’s working properly. Wise new homeowners check the locks on doors and windows. What’s keeping burglars from entering your doors and windows? It’s worth more than a casual look.
Warping / Peeling Paint / Mold
Warped windows may need to be replaced for smooth operation. Peeling paint indicates the age of the window and can be a hazard with small children around. Mold is a sign that windows are letting in moisture. You and your home inspector should look for all these conditions and be sure they are noted on the inspection report. As a new homeowner, you can include some repairs as a condition of sale, if you feel they are warranted.