Does a home inspector check the windows?
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
The Standards of Practice of both national home inspector associations and the State of Florida require that "windows and their operating locks and latches or other opening mechanisms” be inspected. However, the inspector is not required to “open or operate any windows or doors and access covers that are permanently or temporarily secured by mechanical means, are painted shut, or are blocked by stored items or furniture."
For a summary of what an inspector looks for when inspecting windows, go to our blog post What are the common problems you find inspecting windows? Also, see Does a home inspector test all the windows and doors in a home? and Are there any minimum inspection standards that a Florida licensed home inspector must meet?
While the Standards of Practice set minimum standards, a home inspector may choose to exceed them, or the inspection may be limited to less than what is outlined in the standards when agreed to by the homebuyer and specified in an inspection agreement. A four-point insurance inspection would be example of a limited inspection.
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To learn more about doors and windows, see these other blog posts:
How To Look At A House
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