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Why Your House Needs to Comply With Fire Codes Even if You’re Selling

There are property owners who are in the process of putting up their house for sale, knowing that the house is not compliant with existing fire codes. Many of them choose to forego the repairs needed to be compliant, thinking that it is not worth the added expense and that they can sell the house before something goes wrong. This is a big mistake for a number of reasons. 

First, if you wait until something goes wrong before making the necessary repairs, it could cost you tens of thousands of dollars in damages and/or legal fees. Secondly, if you wait until something goes wrong, it is often too late to sell the house at a fair price. The damage may be so extensive that nobody will buy it at any price.

Thirdly, if you do decide to make the repairs needed to bring the house into compliance after you have sold it, you will almost certainly be found liable for any damages caused by the non-compliance. This can put a serious damper on your ability to collect from your new buyers and/or cause you to be sued by the people who lost their property in the fire. The first step toward selling your house quickly and for maximum money is to make sure it is 100% compliant with all current building and fire codes.

Here are some examples of things that need to be fixed: Electrical Wiring: If your home was built prior to 1978, there is a good chance that your electrical wiring is still not up to code. Even if it looks OK on the surface, it probably is not. Old wiring can cause fires and electrocutions. It can also cause fires when it short circuits or when it is exposed to the elements. 

Of course, if you really need to be compliant and don’t want to leave things to chance, you need the help of professionals like World Fire Protection. Contact us today to get a FREE quote.