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Do home inspectors lift up the carpet to look for cracks in the floor?
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
A home inspection is a visual, non-invasive evaluation of a property. So pulling up installed broadloom carpet is beyond the scope of an inspection, because the carpet is stretched over the area of the room to carpet tack strips at the perimeter and must be re-stretched using a special tool to put it back in place.
Although home inspectors are not required by the standards of the State of Florida and national home inspector associations to inspect carpeting or remove it to inspect the structure below, we typically do lift up and look under any small area rugs that appear to be in an odd location to examine the floor underneath for any defects.
Cracks in a concrete floor can be to spotted, however, at areas of tile—unless the tile has been recently laid. Movement will show in the grout joints first, and then the tiles themselves will crack. Vinyl flooring also telegraphs cracks under it over time, but the subtle change in the floor surface is best seen obliquely and with light streaming across the floor, like in the photo below.
Also, see our blog posts Do home inspectors check carpet condition? and How can I tell if cracks in the garage floor are a problem or not? and Are there any minimum inspection standards that a Florida licensed home inspector must meet?
Click on any of the links below to read other articles about what is required to be included, or not, in a home inspection:
AFCI •• Air conditioner •• Ants •• Appliance recalls •• Appliance testing •• Attic •• Awnings •• Barns and ag blgs. •• Bathroom exhaust fan •• Bonding •• Carpet •• Ceiling fans •• Central vacuum •• Chimneys •• Chinese drywall •• Clothes dryer •• Dryer exhaust •• CO alarms •• Code violations •• Condemn a house •• Crawl space •• Detached carport •• Detached garage •• Dishwasher •• Docks •• Doors •• Electrical •• Electrical panel •• Electromagnetic radiation •• Fences •• Fireplaces Furnace •• Garbage disposal •• Generator •• GFCIs •• Gutters •• Ice maker •• Inspect in the rain •• Insulation •• Insurance •• Interior Finishes •• Grading & drainage •• Lead paint •• Level of thoroughness •• Lift carpet •• Low voltage wiring •• Microwave •• Mold •• Move things •• Help negotiate •• Not allowed •• Outbuildings •• Paint •• Permits •• Pilot lights •• Plumbing •• Plumbing under slab •• Pools •• Questions won't answer •• Radon •• Range/cooktop •• Receptacle outlet •• Refrigerator •• Reinspection •• Remove panel cover •• Repairs •• Repair estimates •• Retaining walls •• Roaches •• Rodents •• Roof •• Screens •• Seawalls •• Septic loading dye test •• Septic tank •• Sewer lines •• Shower pan leak test •• Shutters •• Sinkholes •• Smoke alarms •• Solar panels •• Specify repairs •• Sprinklers •• Termites •• Toilets •• Trees •• Troubleshooting •• Wall air conditioners •• Walk roof •• Washing machine •• Water heater •• Water pressure •• Water shut-offs •• Main water shut-off •• Water softener •• Water treatment systems •• Well •• Windows •• Window/wall air conditioners •• Window blinds •• Wiring
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To learn more strategies for getting the best possible home inspection, here’s a few of our other blog posts:
• The home inspector says I have construction defects. How did my home pass inspection by the building department?
• How thorough is a home inspector required to be when inspecting a house?
• Does the seller have to make a repair requested by the homebuyer, even if the home inspector did not call it out as a defect?
• Why do home inspectors sometimes specify "further evaluation and possible repair" instead of a specific repair or replacement?
• Does a homebuyer need to ask the seller's permission to do additional inspections after the initial one?
• What is the difference between a structural defect and a cosmetic defect?
• Are there any minimum inspection standards that a Florida licensed home inspector must meet?
• How can I make sure my house doesn't fail the home inspection?
• Does a home inspector give cost estimates for repairs?
• How can I make sure I don't get screwed on my home inspection?
• Can you do a home inspection in the rain?
• The seller gave me a report from a previous home inspection. Should I use it or get my own inspector?
• Who should pay for the home inspection?
• Do I need a home inspection to get insurance?
• I can't find a local home inspector. What should I do?
• Should I trust the Seller's Property Disclosure Statement?
• Should I follow the inspector around during the inspection?
• What is a "cosmetic" defect in a home inspection?
• What makes a house fail the home inspection?
• Should I get a home inspection before signing a contract to buy the house?
• Should I use a contractor or a home inspector to inspect a house I'm buying?
• Can a home inspector do repairs to a house after doing the inspection?
• Should I use my realtor's home inspector or choose one myself?
• How do devious sellers try to fool the home inspector?
• Do home inspectors go on the roof? Do they get in the attic?
• Is it still possible to do a home inspection if there's no electricity or water?
• What is the difference between a building inspector and a home inspector?
• What are the questions a home inspector won't (or shouldn't) answer?
• What is the difference between an appraisal and a home inspection?
• Should a home inspection scare you?
• What is the best way to negotiate repairs after the home inspection?
• Do we really need a home inspection?
• What questions should I ask the home inspector during the inspection?
• What should I bring to the home inspection?
• Does my home inspection report give me everything I need to evaluate the price of a house?
• How can I check to be sure a home inspector is licensed?
• Should I hire an engineer to inspect the house?
• What questions should you always ask before hiring a home inspector?
• How can I find out if all the home improvements had a building permit?
• Does a home inspector make sure the house is up to code?
• Does the seller have to fix all defects found by a home inspector to sell the house?
• Should a homebuyer be there for the inspection?
• Will the home inspector help a homebuyer get the seller to reduce the price of the house?
• Can I do my own home inspection?
• Who can do a home inspection in the State of Florida?
• What tips do first-time homebuyers need to know to get a better home inspection?
• How can I reduce the risk of an expensive surprise when buying a house sight unseen?
• What should I wear to a home inspection?
• What happens at a home inspection?
• What different types of specialized home inspections can I get?
• Is it common for an insurance company to require an inspection?
• How do I get insurance if my home can't pass a 4-point inspection?
• A neighbor told me that the house I want to buy once had a bad mold problem. It was not in the seller's disclosure. What should I do?
• What repairs are required to be made after a home inspection?
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