Sellers will paint over rotten wood, use furniture and boxes to conceal foundation problems, disguise basement leaks with wet paint, and cover burned or torn carpeting with a throw rug. Kitchen counter burn marks get covered with sponges, saucers, plants and other objects.
Since the home inspector is a guest in the home, he is not allowed to start moving furniture, boxes or crates. This is one reason many home inspectors insist that the buyer, or buyer’s representative, accompany them on the home inspection if at all possible. The main reason is so the client can learn about their next house and how it works.