Tony, Home Buyer in Bay Saint Louis, MS

if a house has bad windows like meanning foggy like the gas is out of the window panes of glass is there on all homes a inspection before going up

Asked by Tony, Bay Saint Louis, MS Tue Sep 27, 2011

for sale and would the windows be brought and what would be the cure

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Kevin Shroyer’s answer
A cloudy window (lost seal) can cause some heat loss in winter and loss of cool air in summer if not corrected, but is not considered a safety issue and therefor some home inspectors doe not report on it or just make it a comment on the report. It is not always possible to see all the windows with damaged seals. If you see a couple on the same house you may have more that are not showing signs at this time. Replacing the glass can run approximately $150 to $200 per window. Make sure your inspector and/or your agent knows this is a concern for you.
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the seller may be 'pricing' the home, knowing that the windows need to be replaced. your inspector will definitely pick up on that.
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Alan May, Real Estate Pro in Evanston, IL
Sellers typically don't do an inspection prior to listing their homes. The responsibility of an inspection would be the buyer.

If the space between the two panes of glass are clouded, then the window has to be replaced. If you know the manufacturer, sometimes you can just get the glass part of the window. Otherwise you would need to at least replace the glass and the window frame (but not necessarily the whole window, casing, etc)
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It sounds like the winow seals have failed.

Most sellers do not have a pre-listing inspection - something most Realtors
wish they would do.

Get an inspection and you can respond formally that the sellers replace the
windows before closing - maybe they will.

The only real cure I know of is to have the windows replaced. I've heard some
companies claim to be able to pump a vacuum between the pains of glass,
add the gas and reseal. I have never seen that work.

Make sure you have your own agent working for you.

Best Wishes,

Marita Topmiller
Assoc Broker/Realtor
Indianapolis Area
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Typically the buyer would want to make an offer contingent on a home inspection. This is one of the things a home inspector would look for.
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