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  1. 3)No wall or ceiling insulation. The room will be hotter or colder than the rest of the house if insulation was not installed. We use an infrared camera to verify insulation but, if you remove a cover plate from a wall electric receptacle, you may be able to check for insulation by peeking in any gap around the receptacle box with a flashlight.

  2. 4)No registers for supplying heating/air conditioning. Running a duct to a new porch enclosure can be difficult and expensive. But it is necessary, and simply having a large opening to an adjacent room is not acceptable.

  3. 5)No required switched lighting at exterior exit door from porch. It’s required that every exterior door into a home have two switches: one that turns on an exterior light so you can walk safely when you step outside at night, and one that turns on an interior light so that you don’t have to try to navigate a darkened room looking for a lamp to turn on when you come in. The door to a porch before it was enclosed will always have the two switches, but it is no longer the exterior door and  switched lighting at the new exterior door is often overlooked.

  4. 6)Not enough or no receptacles in the new walls. When the room becomes enclosed and habitable space, it is supposed to have receptacles around the room so that there is a minimum of one on each wall and no point along any wall is more than six feet from a receptacle.

  5. 7)Bedroom egress window eliminated. All bedrooms are required to have a second way out in case of a fire, called an “egress.” It can a door, but is usually a window, and must open directly to the outside. If a bedroom egress window faces an open porch and the porch becomes enclosed, the required egress directly to the outside has been voided.

   When we inspect a home that has several of these defects in the enclosed porch, it’s obvious it was built with what is jokingly called a “Sunday permit.”


While we hope you find this series of articles about home inspection helpful, they should not be considered an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector. Also, construction standards vary in different parts of the country and it is possible that important issues related to your area may not be covered here.
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