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Question: Is a home inspector able to identify all building code issues in their inspection report?
Top Answer (95% of 236 votes): No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues).

Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: A home inspection is not a code inspection. In most cases, building codes and safety related issues are very similar.
Reality Property Inspections
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: A home inspection is a visual evaluation of accessible areas only for liability reasons.
Superior Inspection Services
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: A home inspection may be based on standards, but is not a code inspection. Only the authority having jurisdiction can conduct a building code inspection and enforcement.
HomeScope Property Inspection Services LLC
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Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: An inspector can only identify what is visible.
H&R PROFESSIONAL INSPECTIONS
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: We perform a non intrusive inspection
TnT Home Inspections
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: It is a noninvasive inspection only.
Appaloosa Home Inspection
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Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: Home inspectors are not municipal inspectors. Most will encourage the buyer to ask the seller to provide all the paperwork for any improvements done. The inspection is a visible inspection only. The home inspector is not required to inspect anything not readily seen.
Moran Property Inspections
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: Our inspections are strictly what can be seen at the time of inspection.
Homeinspections123
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: The home inspector is not a code inspector. I carry a code book with me but i will not refer to code deviations as a major issue the codes change yearly so when i fine one that i question of safety i refer to that for example in this room on northwest corner electrical outlet may need a licensed professional to review findings.
Property Repair Service & Inspections
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Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: The Home Inspector can only inspect what is visible or accessible.
Kairos Home Inspections
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: Inspectors can't see what is not visible.
Royalty Home Solutions, Inc
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: The inspection itself is not a code inspection, but a functional and safety inspection unless it is new construction. Furthermore, the home inspection is a visual inspection.
Blackland Home Inspections
ProMatcher
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: No, the inspection is based on a visual inspection of the property. An inspector cannot see in walls and are not to remove covers of components throughout the home. They cannot assure the proper means of support or straping were used unless it is exposed. Those are things that would have been inspected during the construction of the home by the building inspector. A home inspection is not to enforce building codes but if something is seen that might be in question he can make a recommendation to have a professional licensed contractor come out and assess the concerning item.
Meadow Brook Home Inspection
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: an inspection is visual only
Huskey Home Inspection, LLC
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: A home inspector is NOT a code inspector.
BurCan Dynamics LLC
ProMatcher
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: Standards of Practice
Allied Services Home Inspection
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: The home inspection is primarily to identify defects in the components of the home. It is not a "code" inspection.
Millyard Home Inspection
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: Home inspectors are required to do a visual inspection ,not a technical exhaustive one.
Contractors Corp.
ProMatcher
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: No! A home inspection is NOT a code inspection.
HOME INSPECTOR USA
Answer: Yes, an inspector can identify all issues
Explanation: A standard home inspection is not going to be able to reveal hidden defects or code issues. Removing wall caverings and destructive testing is outside of the scope of a normal home inspection. Standard home inspections are only of visible components and systems within the home I offer a level of service that can identify all defects within a home, but it will require destructive inspection methods. That type of inspection would also require extensive legal paperwork. Basically the home would be ripped down to the studs and any and all defects would be compilled into a report.
Morrow Inspection Services, PLLC
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: Please know that a home inspector is NOT a code inspector. Building codes change all the time and homes age in place. It would be nearly impossible for an inspector to call any defect a code violation without knowing the code at the time a system was implemented. A home inspection is a visual inspection of the current condition of the accessible components and pieces of the home.
InFocus Inspection
ProMatcher
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: We do our best to uncover all problems but hidden issues are often more difficult unless you know what your looking for
At Ease Home Inspection
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: Home inspections are non intrusive visual inspections. A good home inspector will not need a magic camera to tell you there is water penetration issues. Keep this in mind when you are being sold a special service. Ask exactly what it will find.
Look First Homes, LLC
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: Inspection is not a code inspection due to the many codes the home may or may not have been required to follow based on age and location.
Riverbend Property Inspections LLC
ProMatcher
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: A home inspector is not code enforcement.
Smart Choice Home Inspections of WNY
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: Home inspection is limited and home inspectors are not code inspectors. Home inspectors should generally know code but we are not allowed to cite code. Even most municipalities have an electrical inspector, a plumbing inspector, a structural inspector, etc. Codes are too complex for any one individual to know all of them
Honest Home Inspections & Milwaukee Mold Inspector
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: An inspector should not identify any "code" issues. Inspector do not, and are not required to, identify code issues. Codes may vary very differently from one geographical area to the next. A good inspector will report thing that are defective or not up to today's building standards.
840 Inspections
ProMatcher
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: An inspector can only identify problems that he/she can see.
J. Michael Simon, LLC
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: We perform a visual inspection that is not an exhaustive inspection. To perform an exhaustive inspection would involve opening walls and other destructive measures that would render the home unlivable.
Rightway Residential Home Inspections
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: We look at what is visible and accessible, homes are complicated structures made up of multiple systems and components- I use a check list to help remind me to look for the small details.
MTK Inspection Services
ProMatcher
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: The inspection is not a code compliance report. Although life safety items are usually pointed out where missing, like smoke and CO detectors, missing railings, or obstructed flues.
ABC Home Inspections LLC
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: We are not code enforcement. We only report what we see at the time of the inspection.
Your Home Property Consultants
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: We are not code compliance. Our job is to point out deficiencies and possibly determine why it happened and refer to a professional.
A Better Choice Home Inspection, Co
ProMatcher
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: If there is a building code issue within the walls or under attic installation, the inspector will notice them.
A Balance Home Inspection
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: InterNACHI SOP
LOX Home Inspections, LLC
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: Most all Home Inspectors can not reference building codes as they are not trained in codes. It is not a requirement in Mass. We have building code training, yearly, and are a federal HUD Building Code Compliance licensed officer.
American Home & Environmental
ProMatcher
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: Home inspectors are not code inspectors. We look for safety issues and deficiencies as well as positive aspects of a home
Henson Home Inspections
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: Home inspectors are not code inspectors and cannot discuss code violations.
Pro-Tech Home Inspection llc
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: Home inspectors are trained to look for deficients and describe them with all necessary, appropriate information.
Kent Trader, LLC. Inspection Services
ProMatcher
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: Destructive inspection would be the only way to inspect every component of the home.
Spire Home Inspection
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: Some times there will be a referance to a general code violation of an obious or photographed defficancy
A & H PROPERTIES
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: A home inspection is not a code inspection. Code items vary from town to town and are not all visible. Any code related questions should be directed towards the local code enforcement officer.
North Dynamic Inspections
ProMatcher
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: some have to be looked up
G M M Property Inspections
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: Building codes change all the time. Safety is first.
Midwest Home, Inc.
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: Plus codes are minimum standards. We inspect to 'Best Practices"
Hancock Consulting & Inspections, PLLC
ProMatcher
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: An inspector can only report on what he/she sees.
JKM Home Inspections
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: Building inspectors and home inspectors are two different inspectors entirely.
Four County Home Inspection Service, LLC
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: Building codes are generally about safety. Some issues maybe hidden by finishing materials. It is difficult to know what building codes were applicable when the home was built in any given jurisdiction. However an inspector should report on current building standards.
Brighton Home Inspection
ProMatcher
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: Since an inspection is a visual look at the house, we cannot determine things we cannot see.
A&T Home Inspections, Inc.
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: The only person that can determine a code compliant problem is the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ). This is the person(s) hired by the local community to enforce the current codes during a new build or a remodel with a building permit. As building codes have evolved over the years, existing homes were grand fathered. A good home inspector may suggest where improvements can be make but cannot comment on code compliant issues.
Evolve Property Inspection Services
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: While we at Connected Inspectors do have the licensed years of experience as bulding code inspectors, the typical home inspection is a visual inspection of the entire home and all accessible systems. There are additional inspections which can be added to the inspection agreement if requested. Some are as previously mentioned: Lead, asbestos, radon, mold, underground video mapping and condition of plumbing drainage. These additional inspection options are usually added when requested by the buyer for an additional quote.
Connected Services Group, LLC
ProMatcher
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: no codes inspections are performed by local township inspectors
Phoenix Home Inspections LLC
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: A home inspection is an opinion of the visual, non-invasive and non-destructive inspection of the visible and accessible areas of a dwelling. The inspector is not a code enforcer but recommendations are made concerning visible or noted code issues.
A Closer Look Property Inspections, LLC
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: We are not code inspectors.
ATM Home Inspection
ProMatcher
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: Home inspectors are not required to know building codes in every area, however, this is of great advantage.
Higher Standards Property Solutions LLC
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: Home inspectors can only inspect and address visible and accessible issues of a house. Home inspectors do not identify code issues. Some things that may be code related, an inspector will look at as a safety issue.
A Home Detective Inspection Service
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: Usually building codes are not part of inspection.
Home & Mold Inspections Plus
ProMatcher
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: A home inspector cannot find hidden defects. A home inspection is a visual inspection only.
Wilson Property Inspection, LLC
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: The home.inspection is a visual inspection only. Code issues may be hidden or not exposed for inspectors review but still could be code violations.
Kgm home inspections
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: A home inspection is not technically exhaustive and does not identify concealed conditions or latent defects.
Straight Street Home & Structural Pest Inspections
ProMatcher
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: We are not building officials. We can't see into walls, and foundations. We should not say items are not to code - just that the normal practice is to such and such. A lot of items required in the latest building code will not be in older properties. An inspector can only recommend upgrades for safety or energy savings - and it would be up to the buyer to make the improvements - it would not be for the seller to bring a property up to the latest building code.
Inspections by Randall LLC
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: The general home inspection will not reveal every issue that exists or ever could exist, (which could possibly take days or weeks to document) but only those defects observed on the date of the inspection.
Up Close Home Inspection
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: A home inspection is a non-invasive, visual inspection of the visible components of a home. An inspector is not a code enforcer, nor is the inspector required to be invasive or destructive in order to uncover possible issues.
JC & E Home Inspection
ProMatcher
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: Inspectors do not follow code, they are specifically trained to look for and follow the Standards of Practice by their state. These standards are the recommendations of industry leaders and typically go beyond code.
Powell Home Inspection LLC
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: Home Inspectors don't have anything to do with "Code"
1st Call Home Inspections LLC
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: Home inspections are visual inspections and will not identify hidden problems. A good Home Inspector will look for indicators that will help reveal hidden issues or problems.
Golden Home Inspections
ProMatcher
Answer: Yes, an inspector can identify all issues
Explanation: In most cases.
Team Texas Construction, LLC
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: Home Inspectors do not inspect for building code violations. They go above and beyond the minimum code standards.
Preferred Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: Providing Building Code violations are outside the scope of a home inspection. Although, most of the issues discovered during a home inspection is a code violation
Cornish Home Inspections, Inc.
ProMatcher
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: A home inspection is a visual inspection and are not code inspections.
Carolina Regional Inspection Services
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: Our inspections are non-invasive. Meaning we do not open up walls or remove flooring. If we see a possible issue, we will investigate this more to try to find the source. Or defer this to the trade professional.
Emerald Inspection Service, LLC
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: A home inspection is not a code inspection, but a safety and functionality inspection.
ProSpect Home Inspections
ProMatcher
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: Also in older homes real safety issues are the main focus for home inspectors to identify rather than citing specific codes which can change from one area to another.
Black Dog Home Inspections, LLC
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: Not allowed in massachusetts
Commonwealth Inspections
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: Home inspectors are not required to observe any item that is concealed or not readily accessible.
NK Home Inspection
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