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How is a crawl space defined in the state of NH? Are there accessiblity and minimum clearance requirements?

Asked by Lan, 03063 Wed Nov 4, 2009

How is a crawl space defined in the state of NH? Are there accessiblity and minimum clearance requirements?

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Hi Guys,

Thanks for the great answers! Unfortunatley the contractor mislead us on the work agreement. Although there was a verbal agreement...Crawl Space is listed, but because iti's not shaded gray it's not considered a deliverable. Makes no sense since they ran duct work and heat into the new addition. So now we have heating ducts without any serviceable area.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Nov 29, 2009
Just to add what Ken wrote, That FHA requirements call for the crawl space must have either an interior or exterior access. The access to the crawl space should be clear. Examine the crawl space for inadequate
access (minimum entry of the head and shoulders). Check the distance from the bottom of floor joists to ground. Space should be adequate for maintenance and repair. A minimum distance of 18 inches from the ground to the bottom of the joists is highly recommended but not mandated. Hope this helps
Web Reference: http://www.ScottSellsNH.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Nov 14, 2009
Hi Lan- There are building code requirements, and then there are always different bank/ lender requirements- or HUD requirements.
Generally, I think its a 18" minimum clearance from the earth to the underside of the floor joists. You also need at least a 6mil plastic vapor barrier above the ground. If you have any other questions, please let me know.
I'm a mortgage officer, and a former builder in NH and Mass.
Ken L.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Nov 9, 2009
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