Before buying a new house, it’s important to perform a thorough visual inspection of the property. As essentially “holes” in the building envelope, it’s critical that you inspect the windows. Windows can be a major source of ingress for water, air and insects and a these can all cause major structural damage, not to mention high heating and cooling bills. Replacing a house full of windows is an expensive proposition that you probably don’t need when sinking your life savings into a new home.
Most people get a licensed home inspector to look at the house and provide an assessment of any problems. While this is an important part of the real estate purchase process, you can identify some signs of damage and problems on your own before you make an offer and incur the expense of an inspector. Below are 6 window red flags to watch out for when you’re looking at a new home and trying to evaluate it for purchase.