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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Spartanburg, S.C.

Are home inspections about code compliance, no. Many homes were built before codes were established. When codes were established, many counties adopted their own version of these building codes. It would be imposiable to verify the governing code for every time peroid in every county and make a compliance type inspection. Usually it refers to safety-related items.

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Associate Broker Falmouth MA Cape Cod Heath Coker
https://teamcoker.robertpaul.com - Falmouth, MA
Heath Coker Berkshire Hathaway HS Robert Paul Prop

Now if we can just get some of the "know it all" inspectors to read your blog!  lol.

Nov 23, 2009 01:44 PM
Marcia Hawken
WILLIAM RAVEIS - Naples, FL
Naples Luxury Specialist

I have had the county change the codes in the middle of a renovation, several times.  My tradesmen could not figure out what they wanted, even going to national electrican's websites for guidelines. 

Nov 23, 2009 08:29 PM
Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

Jean, I have a lot of problems with inspectors in this area. Have a great day!

Nov 23, 2009 11:11 PM
Calvin Cowles
Cowles Home Inspection Services Inc. - Newnan, GA

Rob,

I don't know if you are referring to "municipal" inspectors whose job is code compliance or "home" inspectors who are representing their (and possibly your) client. If it is the latter, then Jean is correct..."Usually it refers to safety related items".

For example, Ground Fault (GFCI) electrical protection has been required in some form in residential setting since 1975 (bathrooms & outdoors) and with several revisions is today required in almost all wettable areas. If I inspect a home that doesn't have it everywhere it is required today, I write it up as a safety concern.....because it IS! Hopefuloly that is not the type of problem you are having with the home inspectors in your area.

But..whatever the problems, I think you should call the inspector(s) you refer to and have a discussion. You and they might be surprised at the results. My philosophy and the philosophy of most good inspectors is "If we (realestate agents and inspectors) aren't PARTNERS in serving our clients then we are NOTHING!

Nov 24, 2009 12:07 AM