Real Estate Term of the Day: Crawl Space
CRAWL SPACE – narrow opening between the ground and the underside of a structure, not tall enough to permit standing but sufficient to give access as needed to wiring, plumbing, and other utilities (Barron’s Dictionary of Real Estate Terms)
A few other uses for a crawl space include:
- access to duct work & the furnace
- access to the substructure of the above floor
- additional storage space
In general, older homes that don’t have a basement will have a crawl space that is accessed from outside the home, see image below: (source: Barron’s Dictionary of Real Estate Terms)
New homes will sometimes offer a combination of a basement and a crawl space that is accessed from the basement (however, located only under a portion of the home).