OK firstly let me say I was a first time home buyer, and didn't really LOOK, in a detailed way, at the house. Kind of an overall "wow, this is great" thing. We purchased a home in 2010 which was built in 2007.
This home passed all of its inspections and was given a certificate of occupancy, so we didn't bother with an inspection. Well, the house has some small issues (none of the doorways are plum, there are small gaps between some of the wooden floor boards, and I have some cracked tile) and one I think might be large.
I have fiber-cement board siding and, when I went to paint last fall, discovered the windows were installed after the siding was applied, so the windows sit on top of the siding, leaving a small gap at the top and bottom, and small gaps along the sides where the slant of the siding leaves space. I caulked all of these openings when I painted.
Is this a huge issue? Is it fixed easily? Not easily? This has me thinking I might have other issues I don't realize yet.This message has been edited. Last edited by: ShellySN,
Hard to say without some pictures and more details. You may need to get someone to look at it in person.
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From you description it does seem like they went about installing the windows the hard way. Fixing it, if required would be a pain in the ---.
Any advice given here is general in nature and is not necessarily valid for your given area. If in doubt check with your local codes enforcement department for what is required when doing electrical, plumbing or structural work on your house. Permits may or may not be required in your area and home owners may not be able to DIY some tasks. I have no way of knowing if you have the skills needed to complete the tasks you are asking about, when in doubt seek professional assistance.
My advice may be worth exactly what you pay me for it. :-) For the record I did not stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.
If you care for your home, then this is indeed a big issue and you should repair or replace the windows and other things as soon as possible. You can check out www.northhomegallery.com.au for such home products and its designing.
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