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Do home inspectors determine code compliance?

During our home inspections, we are often asked if an item “meets code”. According to New York State law, home inspectors are not required to determine what meets, or does not meet code. Because municipalities and states are regularly changing codes, the only person that can determine if something meets code is the local building inspector.

Having said this, it is still a good idea for home inspectors to be familiar with various codes as basic background knowledge and training. Codes are there for various reasons, including functionality and safety of the building and its systems. So, understanding the various codes is a good thing for home inspectors. Obviously, this enables the inspector to do a better job which ultimately helps the client.

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