DEAR BARRY: Last year, we purchased a newly built home. Before closing we hired a home inspector, and no defects were reported. But now we've learned that there were code violations. How could the house be sold if it didn't meet code, and why weren't these things found by the home inspector or the city building inspector? How do we find out who did the code inspections during the building process? What do we do next? --Sandy DEAR SANDY: Without knowing the nature of the code violations, it is hard to say why these defects escaped the attention of the home inspector and the city building inspector. But here are some general perspectives. When a home inspector says that a new house has no defects, there is good reason to question the thoroughness of the inspection. There simply ar...
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