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What is the difference between readily acessible and accessible?

Saturday, August 8, 2020

The simplest definitions of “readily accessible” and “accessible” that we’ve found are in the International Residential Code (IRC):

    Other sources define the two terms somewhat differently. Readily accessible can mean not requiring tools to remove a cover, not necessary to move any obstacles, and not requiring a ladder. So the crawl space of the mobile home shown above would be defined by some as not readily accessible because it requires the removal of an access panel, but others call it readily accessible if the panel can be easily removed without tools. For more details and examples, see our blog post What does a home inspector mean by calling something "not readily accessible”?

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