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Stephen Lee, Home Buyer in Mountain View, CA

Buying an older home and planning to do Fumigation - home is unhygenic. Is it customary to rip out Carpet before fumigation?

Asked by Stephen Lee, Mountain View, CA Mon Feb 3, 2014

Buying an older home and planning to do Fumigation - home is unhygenic and also has a pet dog. Is it customary to rip out Carpet soon after we close but before fumigation?

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I don't believe the carpet has any effect on the fumigation.

There might be a very slight benefit to removing the carpet prior to the fumigation as it is a little easier for the gas to reach the wood from above. You can ask the fumigation company to confirm.

More likely that the flooring company with include removing the carpet in their bid to install new carpets. That will probably be the easiest and least expensive way to do it. In this case, you will probably want to complete the fumigation prior to installing the new flooring.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Mar 23, 2014
You do not need to open the sub floor. The fumigation gas will enter through the crawlspace ventilation. Normally if you don't want the carpet, removing it before fumigation would be a good idea so that you can see what repairs if any need to be done to the floor before the carpet installer schedules the new carpet installation. There will probably be a cost to haul away the old carpet. You could probably get your carpet installer to remove it as part of the installation. Generally it isn't hard to pull up the carpet but hauling it away and paying the dump fees takes time and money. Mountain View home values http://julianalee.com/mountain-view/mountain-view-statistics.htm Congratulation on your new older home.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Feb 7, 2014
It is really up to you how you want to schedule the work - the carpet will not make fumigation less effective, fumigation will not clean the carpet. There may be additional cost if you have to bring people to remove the carpet separate from carpet replacement or other demolition work.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 3, 2014
And thank you for your response! Now, given that we want to open up sub floor, wondering, does it help for fumigation?
Flag Mon Feb 3, 2014
Sorry that I was not clear. I really do not want to keep the old carpet. We want to put in new ones however, we are wondering if we need to open up the sub floor before fumigation and yes you are right, there will be additional cost to pull the carpet out.
Flag Mon Feb 3, 2014
It all depends on what you agreed to in the contract but if the fumigation is being done after you close & you own the home, you are definitely allowed to remove the carpet prior to fumigation. One advantage of removing the carpet (& anything else that you are planning on replacing) is that you may uncover evidence of termites so you can direct the pest control company to those areas for special attention.
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