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Is a Home Inspection Like a Building Code Inspection?

Updated: Jan 4, 2021

No. And anyone in the inspection industry that tells you otherwise, they’re wrong. So wrong, in fact, that some municipalities will fine inspectors speaking about code who don’t work for the municipality.

And common sense tells you that if you tried to keep up with every new building code, every time a new building code came out, you would be in a constant state of rebuilding your home. Now whether you were buying a house from the early 1900s or the 1970s, that clearly doesn’t make any sense.

Sometimes a home inspection issue, which touches on defects, especially health and safety, does overlap with code, but the reason it isn't appropriate to site building code, is because you may think that we’ve discussed all potential cold violations, and of course, it would be impossible for us to know all the code for the last hundred years, for all the cities you might buy a house in.

Are home inspection is to ensure that you don’t inherit problems, unknowingly, not to check or verify the work of others from 30 years ago.

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