Look Out for Foggy or Nonfunctioning Windows

Foggy windows can be a big problem, so keep your eyes open when home buying.
Blue and White Bathroom With Freestanding Bathtub

Blue and White Bathroom With Freestanding Bathtub

Foggy windows are easy to spot, but they can be a big problem. Look for condensation and water in between double-paned windows. That's a sign the seals around the window's edges aren't working and water vapor is seeping in.

Make sure the windows are functional -- yes, all of them. Newer, inexpensive windows often stop working even after light use, while older windows could be painted or warped shut. You'll kick yourself later if you buy a home with faulty windows just because you didn't use a little muscle.

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