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Does a home inspector expect a house to meet current electrical code?
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
The standard code used for residential electrical systems is the National Electrical Code (NEC). It is recognized in all 50 states, and updated every three years, Everything from minor tweaks to big changes occur each cycle. For a house built in 1974, the electrical code under which it was built has been revised 15 times. It would be craziness to try to update a home to meet new NEC standards every three years.
But everything in a home is not acceptable now just because it met code standards many years ago. Much of an electrical system is “grandfathered in” as still alright, but other components are not. To get overview of what is still good, along with the things that may require replacement, see our blog post Why are old electrical components not always "grandfathered" as acceptable by home inspectors?, which includes eight examples of what is no longer okay.
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