Use a licensed and bonded building inspector for many reasons. First, they know what to look for and you may not, despite your research and diligence. Next, proper construction code inspector documentation may be obligatory by parties to a real estate transaction. Finally, if something goes wrong with the real estate transaction and you find yourself in conflict or lawsuit, you can trust on the inspection and the inspector should there be a building code violation issue.
Now if you are Landlord:
You don’t want your tenants to identify building code violations. If you have residential or commercial tenants on long-term leases, it is a good idea to have inspectors perform routine scheduled inspections, with proper notice given to tenants, here some of the most common Building violations;
Wrong-Way Smoke Detection
Many Happy Handrail Returns
Junction Box Blues
Improper Bathroom Venting
Missing or defective GFCIs
Not Testing Older Materials for Asbestos and Lead
Adding a Basement Bedroom Without an Egress Window
Not Following Fence Height Requirements
Remember that for any correction in construction violations, be sure to contact a licensed, insurance and bonded contractor, in these cases it is better not to take unnecessary risks, so contact only reliable General Contractors and have a good reputation in the city.