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Do windows in a house have to open to pass a home inspection?
Friday, July 16, 2021
If the windows are designed to be openable, then the inspector will test a representative number of them—but not all. If they are found immovable, difficult to open, or damaged, those defects will get noted in the report. An inspector’s report does not issue a pass-or-fail judgement. Only the homebuyer decides whether a house failed inspection, and each buyer has their own level of tolerance, after which a home is unacceptable.
Also, bedroom windows must be openable to a specific minimum size for use as an alternative emergency exit from the house. Go to our blog post What is an egress window? for more on this.
And, we recommend reading Does a home inspector test all the windows in a home? and Are openable windows required to have window screens? Will windows with no screens pass a home inspection? and What are the common problems you find inspecting windows? and Why are window security bars dangerous?
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