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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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Commercial for emergency egress and residential because the hinges need to be on the inside so that burglars can't simply remove the doors from their hinges (if they were on the outside).

Sep 10, 2017 08:05 PM
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It's easier to toss someone out of a commerical building

Sep 11, 2017 05:05 AM
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Yes, it's to facilitate easy exiting in the event of an emergency.

Sep 10, 2017 07:47 PM
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Danielle O'Brien
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I'm guessing it is fire code for the commercial buildings?

Sep 10, 2017 07:02 PM
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Nina Hollander
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I hven't a clue and frankly have never thought about it. But I know I've been to commercial buildings where doors opened inward and also were on sliders so they didn't open in any directions but sideways! 

Sep 11, 2017 03:42 AM
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Carol Williams
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Yes, I do know and it involves safety and security concerns.

Sep 10, 2017 07:17 PM
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J.R. Schloemer, CRS
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Fire and building codes. Actually at my father-in-law's house in Florida the door opens outwards, because of building code in hurricane zone.

Sep 11, 2017 05:58 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
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Nina Hollander nailed this one.

Sep 11, 2017 03:45 AM
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Michael Jacobs
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I was thinking about this recently when I entered a "commercial" building and the door opened in the "opposite" direction...should I file a report?   

Sep 10, 2017 10:00 PM
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Inna Ivchenko
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Great question! I honestly never thought of it, but now I know why:) 

Sep 10, 2017 09:23 PM
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David Martin Good to know. Thanks.

Sep 10, 2017 09:22 PM
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Emergency and Fire reasons for commercial.  A

Sep 10, 2017 09:07 PM
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Avoiding stampedes at the door of the commercial buildings, and welcoming folks into your home.

Sep 10, 2017 07:59 PM
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Kasey & John Boles
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Never even paid attention to this. Interesting. -Kasey

Sep 13, 2017 06:50 AM
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Depends on the building code.

Sep 12, 2017 06:11 PM
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Commercial buildings have fire codes. In the event of a fire there will not be anyone doing any door holding for the rest. Homes in some other countries do open outward.

Sep 11, 2017 05:22 PM
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Libby Cousins
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I knew why for commercial but hadn't thought about the hinges for residential. As Jeff Pearl mentioned, it would be difficult when something is against your door blocking it from opening. I am amazed when I get a delivery left right in front of my screen door that prevents me from pushing the door open to get the package (especially when it is a heavy package).

Sep 11, 2017 09:53 AM
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Jeff Pearl
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Commercial- in case of fire, panic, stampede. Residential - because if hinges were outside, people could remove hinge pins and walk in. Also, if snow piles against door, you'd have a hard time opening it.

Sep 11, 2017 08:40 AM
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Lynnea Miller
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You have to get out of a commercial building - safety reasons. Plus American's with Disabilities have to be able to exit a public building - have to be able to get out in a wheel chair.  That is hard to do with doors swinging inward.

Sep 11, 2017 07:56 AM
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Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor e-Pro, CRS, RCS-D, Vets
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Security for residential; hinges are inside.

Fire code for commercial, faster to exit.

Sep 11, 2017 07:42 AM
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it's less expensive to install an inward door .... and commercial doors require a panic bar....must open outwardly....

Sep 11, 2017 06:58 AM
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Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
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Excellent real estate question. Many of the comments make sense here. I have to look this up...

Sep 11, 2017 06:57 AM
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Michael Setunsky
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David Martin Fire codes for commercial buildings.

Sep 11, 2017 06:52 AM
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I like the answer by Ken Jones Real Estate Advisor

Sep 11, 2017 06:41 AM
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Lyn Sims
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I'll agree with what Ken Jones said. But you are correct, they are different.

Handicapped in houses opens toward you for wheelchair access.

Sep 11, 2017 06:07 AM
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Wayne Martin
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Had 3 houses in Florida where the front doors opened outward. Someone told me it was for storm purposes. Never gave it any thought!

Sep 11, 2017 06:02 AM
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I like t think at home we walk in with our hand full and at businesses we walk out with our hands full

Sep 11, 2017 05:47 AM
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Nathan Gesner
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Commercial building doors open outward so that people don't get crushed inside when there's a panic and the crowds push against the door.

Sep 11, 2017 04:59 AM
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James Dray
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Never have given it much thought.  After reading some of the comments it does make sense

Sep 11, 2017 04:18 AM
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Debbie Gartner
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Usually for houses, you have 2 doors, so one goes inward and one outward.  (e.g. main door & screen door). 

 

For commercial, there's usually only 1 door.  I would think this is for safety, esp fire.

Sep 11, 2017 03:57 AM
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Run when there is a fire - this is for the commercial real estate I know, David Martin.

 

Sep 10, 2017 10:09 PM
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William Feela
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Commercial doors open out for emergency safety

Sep 10, 2017 07:25 PM
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Mary Yonkers
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Hmm! Just because.

Sep 10, 2017 07:15 PM
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Joan Cox
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Did not know there was a reason, but sounds very reasonable.

Sep 14, 2017 05:59 AM
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Gabe Sanders
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By code, residences in Florida need to open outward for hurricane/wind protection.

Sep 13, 2017 07:51 AM
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No.

Sep 11, 2017 05:06 PM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
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Not in Florida if they are up to the Miami Dade Code. Residences need to have outward opening doors to prevent failure to winds in a hurricane

Sep 11, 2017 11:41 AM
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Will Hamm
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I think it has something to do with a fire code.

 

Sep 11, 2017 10:46 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
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Ken has your answer!  I had no clue.

Sep 11, 2017 09:00 AM
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Richard Weeks
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I would say commericial building emergency evacuation, residence break-ins

Sep 11, 2017 05:05 AM