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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  To learn more strategies for getting the best possible home inspection, here’s a few of our other blog posts:

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How thorough is a home inspector required to be when inspecting a house?

Should I trust the Seller's Property Disclosure Statement?

Can I do my own home inspection?

How can homebuyers protect themselves against buying a house over a sinkhole? 

The seller gave me a report from a previous home inspection. Should I use it or get my own inspector? 

If we already looked at the house very carefully, do we still need a home inspection?

    To read about issues related to homes of particular type or one built in a specific decade, visit one of these blog posts:

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What are the common problems to look for when buying a 1950s house?

What are the common problems to look for when buying a 1960s house?

• What are the common problems to look for when buying a 1970s house?

What are the common problems to look for when buying a 1980s house?

What are the common problems to look for when buying a 1990s house?

What problems should I look for when buying a country house or rural property? 

What problems should I look for when buying a house that has been moved?

What do I need to know about buying a foreclosure? 

What should I look for when buying a former rental house?  

What problems should I look for when buying a house that has been vacant or abandoned?

What are the most common problems with older mobile homes?

What should I look for when buying a house that is being "flipped" by an investor seller? 

What do I need to know about a condo inspection?

What are the "Aging In Place" features to look for when buying a retirement home?

   Visit our HOME INSPECTION page for other related blog posts on this subject, or go to the INDEX for a complete listing of all our articles.

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