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Is a home inspector able to identify all building code issues in their inspection report?

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Question: Is a home inspector able to identify all building code issues in their inspection report?
Top Answer (95% of 243 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: Inspectors can only identify deficiencies visible during the inspection of the home. Some issues are concealed within the home and cannot be identified by a walk-through inspection of the home.
Shedhorn Inspection Services, LLC
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: Home inspections are not building code inspections. Some building code issues can be in areas that are no longer visible and building codes change over the years.
Aspire Inspection Services
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: It depends on the thoroughness of the inspector as well as the ability to view/test items.
Dynamic Inspections & Construction Services, LLC.
ProMatcher
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
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: A home inspector is not a building code inspector.
Safeguard Home Inspection, LLC
ProMatcher
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
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: A Home Inspector will investigate as far as they can but there is always a chance there are issues that an inspector can not reasonably see within the inspection. An example would be rotted siding that has been covered up.
Heritage Inspectors
ProMatcher
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
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: Saying there is a code violation is getting into legality, I recommend further evaluation by qualified contractor.
North State Inspections
ProMatcher
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
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: Generally inspectors will not cite code violations, just make a n accounting as to what they have found in relation to the systems and components of the home.
Inspection Pro
ProMatcher
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
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: A home inspection is not a code inspection and therefore as non-intrusive and does not include what is behind the walls or not visible
Able Home Inspections
ProMatcher
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.
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: Home inspectors are not code inspectors but most inspectors are aware of most building codes and can only inspect readily visible areas of the home.
Gilded Leaf Home Inspections LLC
ProMatcher
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
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: In New Jersey home inspectors are not building code officials. Specific building codes may not have been in effect when the home was built or remodeled. This does not mean that it is not safe all the time. A home inspector does a visual inspection to determine that deficiencies and safety issues are identified. I may recommend upgrade to current standards when future work is being done or recommend that it be corrected immeadiately if it is a safety issue.
Best Choice Inspections
ProMatcher
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
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: Home inspectors won't quote code's.
HomeRun Certified Inspections,LLC
ProMatcher
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
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: Home inspectors can point out issues but we do not do code inspections. You should contact the city or county you live in to ask for a code inspection.
Home Inspection Solutions
ProMatcher
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
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: Home inspectors are not trained in building codes or enforcement codes. A code inspection tells you what the conditions were (when it was built). A home inspection tells you what the conditions are now (on the day of the inspection), and what may need to be done about them.
Certified Real Estate Inspectors
ProMatcher
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
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: Home inspectors are not code readers
House detective
ProMatcher
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
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: A home inspection can never identify all issues. As a Home Inspector we can only report on what we see. It is a is a non-invasive, visual examination of the accessible areas of a residential property.
Rife Home Inspections LLC
ProMatcher
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
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: No, a home inspection is not a code inspection. A home inspection is non-invasive.
Coast Home Inspection
ProMatcher
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
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: Home Inspectors are not code inspectors. We perform a visual inspection and do not open walls and move insulation. The inspection fee is based on a visual inspection and the time and expertise to properly assess a home.
Corley Home Inspections, LLC
ProMatcher
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
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: Symptoms may provide clues - I do employ a small camera when needed. -- Patrick Erb Home Inspection Services Licensed Home Inspection AL # HI3083 HUD # 638 erbhomeservices@gmail.com 205-412-5256 More Information About Me http://erbhomeservices.wix.com/patrickerb www.promatcher.com/ErbHomeServicesInspection http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f94FUNkxZX0&feature=share
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ProMatcher
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
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: A home inspection is not a confirmation of any structure meeting current building codes as they are morphing everyday. We will however,indicate safety concerns which may or may not be similar.
Certipro Home Inspections
ProMatcher
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
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: A home inspector's job is not to determine the code compliance of a home. Most homes do not meet current codes but did when they were built. A home inspector should never claim a home is acceptable to current codes regardless of when it was built.
Legacy Home Inspection & Appraisal LLC
ProMatcher
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
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: A home inspection is NOT a code inspection. Home Inspections provides non-invasive residential home inspections to identify defects and safety issues according to modern day safety guidelines.
Eastern Slope Home Inspections
ProMatcher
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
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: Home inspectors are not code inspectors. That job falls on building code inspectors.
MC2 Home Inspections LLC
ProMatcher
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
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: we do not quote code only standards of practice
Valley Home Inspectors LLC
ProMatcher
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
Answer: Yes, an inspector can identify all issues
Explanation: Yes and inspector should identify all code issues in there report.
Gold Country Inspections
ProMatcher
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
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: Home inspectors follow standards of practice that state the scope of the inspection is a visual observation of the readily accessible areas of the building, components, and systems.
Thill Home Inspections, LLC
ProMatcher
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.
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: It is a non-invasive inspection.
1st Choice Home Inspections
ProMatcher
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
Answer: No, an inspector can only identify problems that are visible (not hidden issues)
Explanation: An inspector can only identify code issues that are visible.
HG Inspections (Hilsher Group, LLC)
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