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  1. Can you access or exit a bedroom through another bedroom?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  9. What do you look for when inspecting stairs?

  10. Should I buy a fixer-upper?

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

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

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

  14. What is a fascia and soffit?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  22. What is the lighting requirement for stairs?

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

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

  25. What is the steepest residential stair allowed?

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

  27. Are open stair risers acceptable?

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We want you to be an informed homebuyer, and each blog post is a question that we have answered for our friends and customers over the years. Hope they help you make a good choice for your next home.

    If you have a home that was built before the egress window building code standard, when you decide to replace the bedrooms windows it is likely your local building department will require that one new window in each bedroom meet the egress window specifications.

  The egress opening of a single hung or sliding window is a little less than half of the total window area because only one side can be opened at a time. But there are also specially designed windows for replacements for smaller existing openings that have a secondary hinge point on one side and the entire window assembly opens outward when the securing latch is released from inside the bedroom.

   When discussing emergency exit routes, it’s also important to note that your primary exit route should not have any obstructions. No dual-keyed locks (key required on both sides of a deadbolt) are allowed at primary exit doors.  While it might seem safe enough to have a key hanging on a hook near the door for a double-deadbolt lock, finding that key and then getting it into the keyhole in the dark in a smoke-filled room is not something anyone should have to endure in a fire emergency.

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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