Zillow Advice: Buying Process - Crown molding/skirting - caulking is cracked? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Crown-molding-skirting-caulking-is-cracked/518689/ Zillow Advice | Zillow Real Estate Caulk joints which have not ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Crown-molding-skirting-caulking-is-cracked/518689/ Caulk joints which have not been prepared or done per manufacturers recommendations can fail in a matter of months.&nbsp;Caulk ages and joints have to be recaulked.&nbsp;I would be looking for cracks related to settlement and asking my home inspector to specifically comment in their report. Caulk in the areas you note are often redone when the house is repainted. Wed, 13 Nov 2013 01:08:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Crown-molding-skirting-caulking-is-cracked/518689/ 2013-11-13T01:08:00Z Most all of the caulking ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Crown-molding-skirting-caulking-is-cracked/518689/ Most all of the caulking used on a 7 year old home should have been no less than a 'painters caulk' it<br/>&nbsp;the cheapest of most but it also contains enough silicone in it not to crack and should&nbsp;expand and <br/>contract with the temps.<br/><br/>You also mentioned that the 'skirting' is cracked...what are you referring to when you say that?<br/>The baseboard along the wall where it attaches ? Or that there is a gap between the bottom of the<br/>base board and the floor?<br/><br/>I have seen OSB board (which some builders use...a lot) start to crumble under the home and not with<br/>stand the weight placed upon it and leave behind a gap between the base bd. and the floor. It was also<br/>in a 7 year home.<br/>I would ask the inspector about it when they are looking at the home...don't wait to see if they mention it,<br/>bring it up as a concern so the inspector will know it is a concern you have.<br/>-Joseph- Tue, 12 Nov 2013 09:03:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Crown-molding-skirting-caulking-is-cracked/518689/ 2013-11-12T09:03:00Z It could be cheap caulking ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Crown-molding-skirting-caulking-is-cracked/518689/ It could be cheap caulking cracking and drying from age as mentioned, but it could also be evidence of moisture intrusion or foundation movement.&nbsp; Have the home professionally inspected. Tue, 12 Nov 2013 08:10:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Crown-molding-skirting-caulking-is-cracked/518689/ 2013-11-12T08:10:00Z Hello,Based on your description ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Crown-molding-skirting-caulking-is-cracked/518689/ Hello,<br/><br/>Based on your description this could mean as simple as old caulking, that dried up and shrunk. It is rather common if the home has been vacant or had the heat or AC off for an extended time.<br/><br/>Given that you have this concern, it is recommended to visit the home with a Home Inspector to make sure there are no other potential issues. Tue, 12 Nov 2013 04:37:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Crown-molding-skirting-caulking-is-cracked/518689/ 2013-11-12T04:37:00Z