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Who is responsible to find out if the house is up to code?

We bought our house 10 years ago but it is only now that we realized the plumbing and electrical are not up to code. Shouldn't someone had told us that when we were buying the house?
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The buyer is responsible for doing a home inspection prior to purchase.  There are many old homes that are not up to today's code, but they do not have to be brought up to code prior to being sold.  Home inspectors are usually pretty delligent about noting any deficiencies. 
If you are now renovating your house, you may have to bring it up to code as part of the renovation.
If you are selling your home and the buyer is asking for certain things to be done prior to closing, you need to decide if it is worth doing or not.
Good Luck!
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The buyer is responsible.  
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You mean it's not up to code now? Codes change often but it does not mean you must comply with all new changes. If you want to make changes to the house that require a permit then you will have to update things to the new code to get the inspection passed. Your contractor will be able to explain what would need to be updated.

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It is the responsibility of the Buyer to do their due diligence when purchasing a new home...typically you have 17 days to conduct inspections to decide if you will go forward with the sale. It is always a good idea to have a reputable home inspector check out the home thoroughly. Your Agent should have a few recommendations for you
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Maybe it was up to code 10yrs. ago ... If it was an existing house that
was ' such an such' yrs. old then some of the electrical and plumbing
could have been 'grand fathered' in to new code changes.

That doesn't mean they have to ripped out only that if they are replaced,
then the new code applies and must be inspected during the process to
make sure they apply to the new codes.

After 10 yrs. its yours anyway...what type of issues are you looking at?
If you don't mind me asking.
-Joseph-

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