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To Move it Or Not To move It

Home Inspector with Watz Home Inspections

As an inspector sometimes you need to decide if you should move something in the house during an inspection. My preinspection agreement states that I do not move furniture and such. I have been known to slide a couch or table a foot or two to get at an outlet or whatever, moved a box or two to get at an appliance or electricail panel. But you have to draw the line somewhere. Though I am a big guy(6'5", 280) I do not move heavy objects or appliances(two Back Operations). Also if you move something in the house and break it or scratch a floor you could get sued. Some agents do not prepare the sellers for the inspection and it would be nice if they did. It makes it difficult when the dryer is sitting on top of the crawl space hatch or you need to clean out a closet to get to attic or crawl space. Granted we are there on the buyers behalf but we are inspectors not movers.

In the back left corner of the garage behind some matresses is the electricial panel and directly above the SUV is the attic hatch. The sellers are out of town and there were no keys.

Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
Wow, this photo illustrates well why you weren't able to do the job in that area.  On the other spectrum, to my surprise, one of my buyer just received a report from their inspector stating he couldn't inspect parts of the garage because of "seller's belongings blocking".  The buyer who is buying the property unseen is wondering what was left behind...  Except, the garage is empty except for washer/dryer and some built-in cabinets.  In this case, it would have been nice of the inspector to explain a little more in detail what he meant by his comments.
Jun 09, 2007 05:53 AM
Jim Watzlawick
Watz Home Inspections - Algonquin, IL
Watz Home Inspections
Not sure what he meant. On this one I was able to be to the electric panel but is took a while, but as for the condition of the floor, firewall and attic it remains to be seen. 
Jun 11, 2007 03:50 AM
Dale Baker
Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections - Claremont, NH
New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information

Very good post Jim

Silvia Your buyer's Inspector sould have told his client what was in the way.

Jun 14, 2007 06:31 AM