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Old 05-28-2009, 08:55 AM
 
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Correct me if im wrong, but werent much more stringent building codes put into place in Florida following Andrew in 1992? If so, should you really shoot for a home built in 1993~ or later?

If I buy something from the 80s, let's say, am I running the risk of buying a home which is more susceptible to hurricanes?

Thanks for the info!
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Old 05-28-2009, 10:56 AM
 
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My house was built in 1945.

It's still standing, even after all these years, lol.
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Old 05-28-2009, 12:52 PM
 
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I think the older homes (earlier than 1970 or so) were quality built, but the stuff built in the 70's through 92' is left to be desired. I was raised in a house built in '81 and the roof collapsed during the '04 storms. Most of the other homes in the community did the same.

I would get that home inspected inside and out...
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Old 05-29-2009, 06:56 AM
 
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Dunno. I live in a frame house with Hardiplank siding that was built in the early '80s and it withstood every hurricane since it was constructed with no damage and no hurricane shutters. I'm in western Palm Beach County. Sometimes I think it's just a crapshoot.
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Old 05-29-2009, 07:44 AM
 
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Bugnubs is right, it's probably luck of the draw. Really depends on the builder, and mine was built by a rather incompetent one.

Would still err on the side of caution. Cant' hurt...
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Old 05-31-2009, 10:20 AM
 
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Thanks for the info all! If I was attempting to find a home with more current codes, what should I look for? Just a certain date (is 1993+ enough or should it be 1994? I cant remember when the new codes became law exactly...)

If a home is borderline, how can you research what standard it was built under?
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