When performing a residential inspection, a home inspector has to check all sorts of things—from plumbing and electrical systems to attics and appliances. They also have to check the most basic, yet still important, barriers in the home: windows and walls. In this blog, we’re going to focus on what all home inspectors check windows and walls for specifically.
Foundation Damage and Issues
Everything included in a basic home inspection is important, but there’s no denying just how critical a home’s foundation is to the entire structure. That said, there are tell-tale signs of foundation damage or other foundation issues that can be spotted in windows and walls. Some things an inspector would take note of are:
- Drywall damage: Long, zig-zagging cracks or nails popping out in your walls allude to a poor foundation.
- Bowed walls: Walls that pull away from the house are signs of failing structural integrity.
- Gaps in the fitting of windows and doors: These falling out of square with their frames usually signals a shifting of the foundation.
Low-Quality Insulation and Poor Energy Efficiency
Especially in New England where we experience all different types of weather throughout the seasons, good insulation is essential to keep a house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Drafts coming from doors, windows, and walls signify poor insulation or lack of insulation. Not only does this make it harder to regulate the home’s temperature, but it also weakens the residence’s energy efficiency, resulting in higher heating and cooling costs.
Other Things that Might Come Up When Inspectors Check Windows and Walls
Aside from foundation and insulation issues, there are other things an inspector might notice when looking at a home’s windows and walls.
- They may encounter mold and mildew, or small leaks coming from walls and windows. Any sort of water seepage or mold buildup isn’t good news, but it’s common.
- In homes built prior to 1978, there’s a chance the walls are covered in lead paint. When in good condition, lead paint can typically be painted over. However, if it’s chipped or peeling, an inspector will likely suggest you hire a professional to seal the paint.
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