Does a home inspector check the paint finishes on a house?
Monday, July 29, 2019
The published inspection standards of the two major home inspector associations and the State of Florida specifically exclude inspecting paint finishes at the “Interior” section of their Standards of Practice. The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI), for example, states that the inspector is not required to "inspect paint, wallpaper, window treatments or finish treatments” inside a home. The one exception would be any area of bubbling, peeling, or discolored paint that could be an indication of a problem beneath the paint surface.
But, while paint is essentially a decorative surface on the interior of a home, it is a moisture protection coating at the exterior. Deteriorated or missing areas of paint can allow water intrusion and, on wood surfaces, wood rot. So the condition of exterior paint is definitely a required part of a home inspection.
To read the full text of the State of Florida’s Standards of Practice, go to our blog post Are there any minimum inspection standards that a Florida licensed home inspector must meet?
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