WHY YOUR HOUSE DOES NOT HAVE TO BE “Up to Code”
July 16, 2016 | Richard Sites
So, you had your prospective new home inspected and the report came back with several items that were “not up to code”. What does this really mean?
Building codes dictate the standards home construction must meet when being built. The key words are “being built”. Why?
Because in order for a newly constructed home to get a Certificate of Occupancy (C.O.) it must comply with current codes. After the C.O. is issued, if codes change, and they do, certain items could then become “out of code”. It doesn’t mean there is anything wrong, it just means the codes have changed and things may not comply with the new ones.
For example, the code for hurricane shutters was recently modified and shutters that were hurricane shutters on Monday are not on Tuesday. This happened to me and the shutters on my house.
I have hurricane shutters…or I did until the code changed. Now, the shutters I have for storms are not considered “up to code”. They still do the same job but now my insurance company can charge more since they are not compliant.
So, when purchasing a home does the seller have to bring everything up to the current code? No, they are not required to retrofit the house. But, if you as the new owner make changes they will have to comply with the current codes.
This can be an issue between buyers and sellers since buyers think things that are not up to code are deficient and the job of the professional real estate agent is to explain the situation.
If you are selling or thinking of selling and would like to have a confidential conversation about selling quickly and smoothly, contact me directly at 561-762-4073. Homes are selling quickly and inventory is low. Remember, hope is not an effective strategy.