Does a home inspector make sure the house is up to code?
Friday, October 19, 2018
No, not exactly. Building code compliance is a “moving target.” It changes every few years and, until the Florida Building Code was mandated to be the standard throughout the state in 2002, each county or city decided which national or regional building code they would “adopt,” and which modifications to the code they would add on. Also, some jurisdictions would continue to use an older version of the code, years after a new edition had been published.
So, trying to determine which version of which code a home built in 1960 or 1988 should be inspected for is a complicated, nearly impossible, endeavor in historical research. And, secondarily, it is not too relevant. The important issues in a home inspection are the safety and condition of the building’s components, and that’s what we focus on.
The one exception, of course, is a new house. We inspect to, and call out deviations from, the current edition of the Florida Building Code when inspecting a new home.
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