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May 3, 2011

Common Code Violations Found By Home Inspectors

Hi Folks,

   Glad to have you back here with me today.

   Let's face it, Home Inspectors do not have an easy job. They often enter homes of people that they have never even met before, and in some cases, are even met with a hostile welcome. Additionally, they need to be well-versed in all local codes, running the gamut of Electrical, Plumbing, Building/Structural, and more

   With that being said, today we will be taking a look at some of the most common code violations that Home Inspectors see on a consistent basis, which falls into 3 popular categories: Electrical, Plumbing, and Building/Structural.

   Chantay Bridges, of LA Real Estate Now, says that some of the electrical hazards that are most common usually occurs when there are, "too many wires plugged into one outlet or switch that can cause a fire." Sam DeBord, a Managing Broker and a Realtor, adds that a, "Lack of GFCI outlets in bathrooms and kitchens and other minor electrical issues like reverse-polarity on outlets." is quite common, and that this is, "an inexpensive repair that most home sellers would benefit from repairing for selling their home."

   Plumbing issues are also very common, and as Bridges says, they encompass, "dripping faucets, loose toilets, improper drainage and so forth." Sasha Tsakh, VP Sales and Marketing for a licensed plumbing company, mentions the, "Illegal plumbing work" that he finds, and says that, "It appears that many home owners are not aware that you need to have licensed contractors performing work. They have illegal gas lines and missing safety features. It's really sad to see how they've been taken advantage of, especially since there is no way to find these people once they've performed illegal work."

   The third issue is related to Building Code (including Structural Code). Bridges points to, "Illegal additions to properties", and she cites the following examples; "Someone added a room, altered the garage, etc. without a permit.". Paul S. Gilbertson, a former General Contractor, adds some issues that he has seen in regards to steps and railings, as well as handicapped ramps and landings. Additionally, Bridges also mentions that roofs tend to, "constantly make the list due to aging, rotting, wear and tear.", as well as, "Leaks" with improper ground drainage, ceiling stains from previous leakage, and rotted, molded, exposed untreated wood surfaces. Finally, she mentions some other issues, such as bars on windows without proper escape or emergency mechanisms, inoperable smoke detectors" (or smoke detectors that are not installed at all).

   Indeed, as mentioned at the start, being a Home Inspector is not easy. Hopefully some of these tips will help you prepare for any future home inspections, and save you time, money, and aggravation. Any comments? Did we miss any common issues?

Have a Great Day, and Happy Rent-to-Owning !
Rob Eisenstein
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