Before you close the deal on your home purchase you will want to acquire an inspection report that takes into account the windows of the home. Replacing windows in a home can cost thousands of dollars. If you only need to replace a single pane, you may get off with spending a couple of hundred dollars. But if you need to replace an entire window assembly the cost can be over $1,000 for each window. If the home has 30 windows you could be facing a $30,000 bill – a surprise no homeowner ever wants to receive. Here’s how to avoid such a surprise.
Hire a home inspector. You and your home deserve nothing less than the best. Even if the home you plan to purchase, sell or maintain appears to be flawless, there’s no substitute for having a trained professional inspect the property for the quality, safety and overall condition of the home. During the inspection you should take it upon yourself to accompany the inspector and obtain a detailed report for your own records. Ensure that windows are addressed on the report, as broken window seals are a cause for concern and can be a costly expense if several window seals are broken in the home. Also, ensure that your inspector fully understands the intricacies of dual pane and triple pane windows, and that they explain these intricacies to you. If you feel as though you require more information, you could hire an independent window contractor to perform a secondary inspection on the windows, or thoroughly inspect the windows yourself (but only if you’re absolutely sure you know what you’re looking for).
Telltale signs that your windows need replacing are if you notice drafts, condensation and fogging, rot or mold, or cracked caulking. In most cases broken window seals are fairly easy to identify. There will be moisture between the two panes of glass, which is a sure sign that the seal has failed. However, at certain times of the day and under specific climate conditions the moisture may not be evident. In such cases look closer and you are likely to find dirt residue left behind in the gap between the panes, which is evidence that the seal has been breached. Inspect the window frames for damage or rot from insects and moisture. If the window’s frame is soft to the touch, cracking or showing other signs of wear, it will need to be replaced. If it’s still solid, you can opt to simply install new glass, which will save you money.
If you discover a problem, the next step is to obtain a detailed estimate from a reliable window contractor to establish the cost of the repairs or replacements. If you are buying the home that needs window repairs, the seller is responsible for payment of this before you take ownership, or else you can negotiate a reduction in the sales price as you will be absorbing the cost of repair or replacement.
A reputable home inspection service is more than capable of performing a thorough inspection and providing a detailed report, including the inspection, and possible replacement recommendation, of windows.
A home inspection is your hard-earned money well spent. Building Pro Inspections offers you professional home inspections services of unparalleled quality and concern so you can make your home sale or purchase with clarity and confidence. Contact us today to learn more. And be sure to check out our blog for more relevant and informative issues regarding home inspection.