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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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