Whenever you are in the process of purchasing a home, the property you made an offer on needs to have a home inspection by a professional inspector. This inspection is one of the most crucial phase of any transaction. This is where the deal can be made or broken. It is the inspectors job to represent your best interest and find any and all problem with the house you are about to purchase. I have put together a list of the most common code violations that we see in our industry for you to be aware of. Remember if you end up purchasing a house with a code violation, as the new owner you bear all responsibilities moving forward.
1. Electrical Hazards
Too many wires plugged into one outlet and lack of GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlets in the bathrooms and in the kitchen are one of the most common code violations.
2. Plumbing Issues
Loose toilets, dripping faucets, improper drainage sounds familiar? You need to make sure that the plumber you hire is certified. If not you might be in violation of some codes.
3. Additions to Properties
Any time another room is added or the garage is turned into a room a building permit is required. These are not taken lightly and the fines can be in the thousands for such code violation.
4. Wood Rot
This simply happens over time. Wood constantly need to be checked for water damage and rotting. A good inspector will easily find rotted wood throughout a home.
Mold is a major health hazard! Many older homes or rooms need to be checked thoroughly for mold.
Obviously fireplaces are a source of fire hazard. Your hoe inspector will look at all fireplaces closely in the house because they are taken very seriously by code inspectors.
7. Buildings too Close to Property Lines
Sheds, garages or carports that are closely built to property lines are inspected carefully.
All private pools need to be secured carefully to make sure kids can access them securely.
If the land you have your property is not intended for livestock than you are in a huge code violation if you keep horses, chickens or any other livestock. Be sure to check with the County for zoning restrictions.
10. Abandoned Buildings
Any unsecured, damages or unsafe building on your property violates county codes. You need to make sure that all outer buildings, shed or anything you may have are up to code at all times.