Selling a house with code violations

It turns out that there is a right and wrong way to go about doing home updates. Making sure your home is up to code is a common phrase thrown around, but what does that even mean? Making sure your home is up to code means that all electrical, plumbing and other elements of your home are updated to accommodate the latest safety standards. If the expense of making repairs and bringing your property up to code is overwhelming, you can always sell your home for cash. First, let’s discuss building codes and the most common violations.

What are building codes?

Building codes specify rules and standards for the construction and modification of buildings. Fines and penalties can be issued if a building is not up to code. There is a variety of different codes that must be followed and if not your home could endure a lot of repairs to get it up to code.

What are code violations?

There’s no cutting corners when it comes to home improvement. Code violations are put in place to avoid putting people at risk. These are enforced by the government and your local government. In this article, we are going to walk through some of the most common code violations we see. 


If handrails are not installed properly, they can cause falls and possible injury. Poor grip, wrong height, and open-ended handrails are the most common violations seen in homes.


Common electrical issues include installing the wrong circuit breaker or circuit breakers, not having neutral wires, not including temper resistant receptacles, not replacing wiring in homes older than 50 years old and improperly configuring panels. 

Bathroom venting

Exhaust fans should vent to the outside and be located on the roof or the side of the house. If it is venting into the attic, then that is a violation. Not fixing this ventilation violation can cause the roof framing to rot and mold in the bathroom.


When it comes to plumbing, it’s worth hiring a professional to avoid code violations. Common violations include missing nail plates and lack of support of piping. These violations can cause leaks and breaks.

Smoke detectors

It is recommended that smoke detectors be installed on every level of the house, by every sleeping area and near attached garages. 

Does your home have major violations that need to be up to code? Doing these repairs can be costly and time-consuming. Save yourself the stress and money and sell your home for cash to Best Price Homebuyers. We will buy your home in any condition, no matter how many repairs it may need. Sell us your home and get an offer in as little as 24 hours.

Sell your home for cash

Best Price Homebuyers offers cash for damaged homes. Don’t worry about those costly code violations, contact us today and request a cash offer.