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How to Look

at a House


A blog with answers
to your questions about
HOME INSPECTION
and HOME MAINTENANCE

    Will the missing window screens make a house fail the inspection? That all depends on the buyer. We make a note of it and some buyers get very upset, while others just don’t care because they never open the windows.

    While it has been argued that screens are a safety feature to keep children from falling out an open window, manufacturers are adamant that they are only designed as an insect barrier and not a fall protection device.


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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Blog Posts on Similar Subjects:

  1. What do those numbers on the manufacturer’s stickers in new windows mean?

  2. What is an egress window?

  3. Where is safety/tempered glass required for the windows of a house?

  4. What does the “R-Value” of home insulation mean?

  5. What are the common problems you find inspecting windows?

  6. What causes sweating (condensation) on the inside of windows in the winter?

  7. How can I improve the energy efficiency of my not-so-new Gainesville home?

  8. How difficult is it to change a window to french doors or a sliding glass door?

  9. What do you check when you inspect an electric garage door?

  10. What do you look for when inspecting stairs?

  11. What is the average life expectancy of windows?

  12. Should a front door open in or out?

  13. What do you look for when you inspect a roof?

  14. What are the most common problems with older houses?

  15. How can I tell if a house has insulation?

  16. What is a fascia and soffit?

  17. What’s the average lifespan of a roof?

  18. Can I take that wall out? Is it load-bearing?

  19. What are the warning signs of a dangerous attic pull-down ladder?

  20. Are carbon monoxide alarms required to be installed in Florida?

  21. What are the requirements for a room to classified as a bedroom?

  22. Do I need to test for radon when buying a condominium?

  23. When is a railing required for the edge of a deck or porch?

  24. What is the lighting requirement for stairs?

  25. What are the warning signs of a dangerous deck?

  26. Why is a double cylinder deadbolt lock on an exterior door a safety hazard?

  27. What is the steepest residential stair allowed?

  28. How can I tell if a window or glass door is safety glass?

  29. Are open stair risers acceptable?

  30. What’s missing? Our “Top 10” list of things that are home inspection defects because they are not there?