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New-home buyer denounces sub-par construction

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Dear Barry, Last year we purchased a newly built home. We hired a home inspector before closing, and no defects were reported. But now we've learned that some things were not built to code. 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? – Sara Dear Sara, Home inspection reports that disclose no defects should be regarded as deficient, incomplete and erroneous, regardless of the newness or overall quality of the home. There simply are no homes, new or used, without a small or large contingent of defects. Fortunately, these shortfalls do not always reflect negligent construction or substandard workmanship. In many cases, they simply confirm the fact that all things made by hands are made imperfectly, to lesser or larger degrees. As regards inspector performance, the code violations you ment...