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reports are only the "opinion" of the person inspecting a
home. Many times items are identified by other firms that are not "required"
due to the age of the home and being "grandfathered" in. Newer
code requirements should be listed by competent inspection firms as
"upgrades" or "safety upgrades" rather than repairs.
In most cities, the only two retroactive requirements are proper strapping
of the water heater and that the smoke detector configuration in effect
at the time of construction be followed. For example, smoke detectors
in every bedroom were not a requirement until August 14, 1992 and unless
triggered by remodeling, older homes do not have to comply (exception:
Los Angeles City, for example).
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