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

A traditional freestanding tub, a chandelier and a sheer white shower curtain lend a dreamy, romantic look to this small bathroom. Blue walls add dimension to the space.

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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