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Does a home inspector move furniture?
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
The home inspector is not required to move furniture. A home inspection is primarily a visual examination of the property, done with minimal disturbance to the occupant's furnishings and belongings. Homeowners sometimes get very upset if an inspector attempts to move anything for a better view of the walls, floor, or windows of a house.
It is not required by the Standards Of Practice of the two major inspector associations, ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors) and InterNACHI (International Association of Certified Home Inspectors), along with the State of Florida. Here’s how InterNACHI states it in their standards: “The inspector is not required to move any personal items or other obstructions, such as, but not limited to throw rugs, carpeting, wall coverings, furniture, ceiling tiles, window coverings, equipment, plants, ice, debris, snow, water, dirt, pets, or anything else that might restrict the visual inspection."
Although specifically disclaimed, some inspectors may move a limited amount of furniture or other items—or ask you to do it—to get access to important components of the home. These would include the attic access hatch, water heater, electric panel, and furnace or a/c air handler, for example. Testing windows can also be problematic because there are often furnishings in front of them topped with a line of fragile personal objects. So some windows are simply noted as not accessible.
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 •• Garage door opener •• 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 air conditioners •• Window blinds •• Wiring
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