Agent Safety Reminder

By
Home Inspector with Realty Check Inspection Service

AGENT SAFETY ALERT

deck collapse  

Without Warning, Chaos!

Sept. 7th 2006  - A second story deck collapse injured four members of a family in Lawrenceville, GA. as the victims were deciding whether to buy the home. "It could have been avoided if the deck was properly attached to the house."

Most of the time we don't think about it because we do it everyday without a second thought.  You walk out onto a deck to show your clients the homes features or spectacular views.  With the recent reports of personal injuries in conjunction with home decking systems, we at Realty Check would like to remind you that you can never be to careful about your clients and your own personal safety when showing a home.

  • Most decks that have a catastrophic failure are caused either by faulty construction, improper attachment to the home, or simply from rot and decay. - Realty Check 

REMIND YOURSELF!  You are out there before any Listing or Buyers inspection has been performed.  So on behalf of Realty Check Inspection Service, be careful and be safe! 

  • There is a clearly defined "collapse season", which is from June to October. During this season, more than 70% of reported collapses occur. - Deck-Lok
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Hey Peter, nice public service announcement post.

June 16, 2007 04:21 PM
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Peter, thanks for this message. Three days ago, I was showing a new construction to a couple and their 3 yr old daughter. The builder actually unlocked the door for us and spoke with me for a few minutes about the new subdivision. My clients and I stepped out onto the deck and were discussing how much they loved the lay of the land, and the deck collapsed under us. The husband has extensive damage to his back. I, and his wife, have multiple bruises, neck pain and muscle pain.The little girl (thank God) was uninjured. The deck hadn't been properly supported. The builder failed to mention this fact, and failed to post a warning on the door leading to the deck. This is some serious negligence. From now on, I will think twice before ever stepping onto a deck with potential buyers. You just never know. I wish all agents knew about this danger. Here's wishing a safe 2007 to all fellow REALTORS.
June 20, 2007 06:39 PM
Rainer
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David Helm
Bellingham, Wa. Licensed Home Insp
Helm Home Inspections
Many times builders don't even add the decks till after final inspection.  Then they have their least experienced person do the building.  Seldom, on new homes, do I find properly built decks.
July 04, 2007 12:38 PM
Rainmaker
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Chuck Willman
Realtor - Arizona - 480.292.0600
Gentry Realty
Another reminder to look things over before puting yourself or your buyers in harms way.
September 11, 2007 12:31 PM
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Harold Miller
Everett Home Inspector
Miller Home Inspection

Hey Peter;

Great blog, I just posted one the other day on this subject. Did not know you already wrote about it.

Here is the link;  http://activerain.com/blogsview/250191/Deck-attachment-defects-by

As home inspectors we can never stress too much the importance of deck safety. We see too many of them that are deficient in one or more ways. The Journal of Light Construction had a great article on the subject of proper installation a couple years ago. It is archived on their website.

Hope you are keeping busy!

October 26, 2007 12:04 PM
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