I'm a rookie home owner. My "mudroom" door (never heard that term before this house) has started to stick. The house was built in 1952. At the time it was just the house, and the garage and mudroom were both additions. There is no access under either the mudroom or the garage.
Checking it recently, I notice:
- The gaps on the side and tops of the door are now inconsistent from side to side, top to bottom. Door is definitely askew in the frame.
- The top of the door frame is no longer truly straight, but bowed slightly
- In the wood that forms the area around the window to the right of the door, there is a hairline gap between the planks that appears to be bigger than any on the other side.
- Above the door, there is a hairline gap between the vertical and horizontal joint.
It's hard to check level, since both the top and the bottom of the door frame are bowed slightly.
My questions, knowing I can only give a rough description:
- Is this common, or should I be worried?
- What's the ballpark cost (cost ranges) to set this right?
- Who would be qualified to check this out? A home inspector? Is it serious enough for a structural engineer?