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  • Writer's pictureAndrea Romo-Martinez

Do home inspectors move furniture during an inspection?

A home inspection can provide valuable insights into the condition of a home, but there are limitations on what they can do. According to InterNACHI (International Association of Home Inspectors) SOP's The inspector is not required to:

  1. 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.

  2. dismantle, open or uncover any system or component.

  3. enter or access any area that may, in the inspector's opinion, be unsafe.

  4. enter crawlspaces or other areas that may be unsafe or not readily accessible.

Those are some limitation to name a few. With that said, do Home Inspectors Move Furniture?


Will home inspector move furniture?

Remember then insight of a home inspector is valuable during a home buying process, a home inspector can definitely help you identify potential problems that may not be immediately apparent and give you an idea of what types of repairs you may need to make.


And even though they are not required by law, and nearly 80% of buyers opt to get one before closing.



A home inspection is not a pass or fail test, home inspection is a limited, non-invasive examination of the condition of a home. In other words, home inspectors are not allowed to move furniture or other belongings in order to gain access to areas of the home. To learn more about how a seller should prepare for a home inspection check out our related articles. If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us! We would love to help!

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