Profile picture for zhaomy

fixed windows in the bedroom

Hi! I am buying a house in PA (Montgomery County), and one of the bedrooms has completely fixed windows. The house was built in 1987, and the listing agent told me that houses build in certain vintage are not required to have windows that can open. To me 1987 is not a year that can be associated with the word "vintage". Is she right? I cannot find the information anywhere.
  Flag content
Close
Report a Problem

Please enter a valid email address.

Close
Content flagged

We will review this content. Thanks for helping make the site more useful to everyone. To learn more, read Zillow's Good Neighbor Policy.

Close
We're Sorry
This service is temporarily unavailable. Please come back later and try again.
June 25 - Wynnewood
We think we've answered this question for you!
  • Be a Good Neighbor. Be respectful and on-topic. No spam or self-promotion! See our Good Neighbor Policy.
 
 

Answers (3)

Profile picture for sunnyview
The listing agent is full of beans. My guess is that the builder wanted to go on the cheap so they chose fixed windows--a big no no for a bedroom. At least one window in each bedroom must be of sufficient size to permit the occupants to escape a fire and must satisfy all four Internatioinal Residential Code (IRC) criteria: 

Minimum width of opening: 20 in. 
Minimum height of opening: 24 in. 
Minimum net clear opening: 5.7 sq. ft. (5.0 sq. ft. for ground floor). 
Maximum sill height above floor: 44 in. 

In PA, no window escape equals no bedroom. If you make an offer, make sure your inspector calls the window issue out in his report so you can ask for a credit in escrow or for them to be replaced. If you need more specific code info try your local building department.
  Flag content
Close
Report a Problem

Please enter a valid email address.

Close
Content flagged

We will review this content. Thanks for helping make the site more useful to everyone. To learn more, read Zillow's Good Neighbor Policy.

Close
We're Sorry
This service is temporarily unavailable. Please come back later and try again.
June 25
You should be able to check with the county to find out what the regulations were back then and if you would have to bring things up to code. Even if they "grandfather" you in, you probably would still want to have a better optional escape route than having to break out a window. This could cause a big problem for those trying to escape and/or anyone outside trying to help you. If a fire occurs at night you, and / or those helping, might not have time to or think about putting on shoes and you would be barefoot around a lot of broken glass. Not to mention, a newer window will probably be a lot more energy efficient and give you a good opportunity to inspect the structure around the opening once the current one is removed and before the new one is installed. I would suggest getting several estimates on replacing it and ask for an allowance in the offer price before you purchase.
  Flag content
Close
Report a Problem

Please enter a valid email address.

Close
Content flagged

We will review this content. Thanks for helping make the site more useful to everyone. To learn more, read Zillow's Good Neighbor Policy.

Close
We're Sorry
This service is temporarily unavailable. Please come back later and try again.
June 25
Profile picture for wetdawgs
In a bedroom, there must be two ways out for emergencies  - the door into the hallway is one and a window that opens that meets requirements (size, height above floor) is the other.    If there are no windows that open, the room is not a bedroom. 
  Flag content
Close
Report a Problem

Please enter a valid email address.

Close
Content flagged

We will review this content. Thanks for helping make the site more useful to everyone. To learn more, read Zillow's Good Neighbor Policy.

Close
We're Sorry
This service is temporarily unavailable. Please come back later and try again.
June 25
 
Related Questions
fixed windows in the bedroom
Profile picture for sunnyview
Latest answer by sunnyview
June 25 | 3 answers
Be A Good Neighbor

Zillow Advice depends on each member to keep it a safe, fun, and positive place. If you see abuse, flag it. More on our Good Neighbor Policy.

Homes for Sale
  1. 6370 Church Rd, Philadelphia, PA Home For Sale
    6370 Church Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19151

     For Sale: $595,000

    • Beds: 5
    • Sqft: 6242
    • Baths: 5.0
    • Lot: 42688
  2. (undisclosed Address), Philadelphia, PA Home For Sale
    (undisclosed Address), Philadelphia, PA 19151

     For Sale: $99,000

    • Beds: 3
    • Sqft: 1296
    • Baths: 1.5
    • Lot: --
  3. 239 Old Gulph Rd, Wynnewood, PA Home For Sale
    239 Old Gulph Rd, Wynnewood, PA 19096

     For Sale: $1,599,000

    • Beds: 5
    • Sqft: 6898
    • Baths: 7.0
    • Lot: 105850