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Is carpeting a part of a home inspection and if it is not can it be asked to be replaced.

During the home inspection process? 
  • October 30 2013 - Mechanicsburg
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And inspection normally does not include the carpet. Inspections are visual inspections of the property to determine if there are any "defects".  A defect is defined as a condition that would have a significant adverse affect on the value of the property; that would significantly impair the health or safety of future occupants of the property; or that if not repaired, removed or replaced would signifcantly shorten or adversely affect the expected normal life of the premises. You can ask in the Offer to Purchase for the seller to credit you at closing an allocated dollar amount for a carpet allowance. However, some lenders require that this language not include that the credit is being used for new carpet, but rather a general statement such as "Seller to credit Buyer at closing $2000.00 towards closing costs and prepaid items."
  • November 11 2013
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The inspector usually doesnt inspect the carpet, but you can ask the seller for a carpet allowance.
  • November 11 2013
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A home inspector is hired to point out any defects to the house.  Why a home inspector pointed out issues with the carpet is a little overkill.  The home inspection is designed for a buyer to uncover any "unforeseeable items".  The buyer knew the condition of the carpet because he was standing on it.  Visual defects, like carpets, should have been factored into the buyer's decision when making his initial offer not during the home inspections.  However to answer your question about "can a buyer ask for carpets to be replaces" the buyer can ask for anything he/she wants too but it's your job to deflect those frivolous claims.
  • November 11 2013
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Inspectors do not usually comment on floor coverings unless they are a trip and fall hazard.

The buyer can always ask for it to be replaced and it depends on the motivation of the seller whether it will get done or not.
  • November 01 2013
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Daniel Jusko,

Yes, carpet it something that the inspector will look at, but unless it is in really bad shape, it might just be referred to as worn and aged.

You can always ask to have the carpet replaced, or to have an allowance for the cost of replacement to be negotiated in the contract before you purchase the property. 

A seller will usually offer that allowance, especially if the condition of the carpet is questionable. 

Steve Miller - Ultima Real Estate 
  • October 31 2013
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Inspectors rarely comment on carpeting.  They are looking at the structural and mechanical integrity of the home.

Whether or not an inspector comments on it, you  can request that it be replaced.  It would have been  better to have it in your initial offer.  If they accept, don't be surprised if you end up with the absolutely thinnest carpet of a color that is on sale (hot pink?).   Perhaps a request for a carpet credit would be more successful.  



 
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You can ask but they can say no . Did you know the carpet was stained or in bad shape when you put offer in ? If so you should have asked for it as part of your offer .
  • October 31 2013
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Just want to make sure that carpeting is part of the inspection process. I thought that inspection dealt with roofs, foundations, appliances; plumbing; outside items, ceilings, cracks, broken items, wiring, etc ---not cosmetic items such as carpeting? 
  • October 30 2013
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You can ask, the seller can say NO too. There is nothing that requires a seller to fix or replace anything. If you don't like the answer you can walk away, as long as you are in the due diligence or inspection period.
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