Passing The Code Inspection Does Not Guarantee That Nothing Is Wrong

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Home Inspector with King of the House Home Inspection, Inc

Whenever someone tells me that the municipal code inspectors have signed-off on a house, that does not mean that I let my defenses down when it comes to looking for problems. I think the code inspectors must have some good days and some bad days. One thing I know for sure is that they are likely to miss many things both large and small.

For example, I was at a newer home recently. The steps at the home, at four different locations, one being inside the others outside, do not conform to the basic safety guidelines. Steps varied from one another, in rise, by more than 3/8" and some steps were 9" high or higher. A step should be no higher than 7 3/4".

Now, don't get me wrong. We need code inspectors. Things would literally be falling apart all over without them. And we home inspectors miss things too. I think the fact is that the more eyes you have looking at a building -- municipal or state inspectors, home inspectors -- the better chance you have of getting more things right or as they should be.

 

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Steven L. Smith

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Rainmaker
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John Mulkey
TheHousingGuru.com - Waleska, GA
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Steven - And that's the very reason ALL homes should be inspected by a qualified home inspector. Just one more trained pair of eyes.

October 25, 2009 11:12 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham WA Home Inspector

Guru,

I cannot argue with that.

October 25, 2009 02:24 PM #2
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Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Steven:  I am thinking that the difference in step heights that you mention can easily be enough to cause some people who have a hard time climbing or descending steps to make a miss-step... and fall.  Not a good plan.  Fall... is a "season"... not a way to go down the stairs... LOL.

October 25, 2009 04:22 PM #3
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
CRS, GRI, e-PRO, Searcy AR

Steven, I hate uneven steps!  I also hate the doorsteps where the builder or bricker made them one brick wide.  That's not big enough for a foot!  But what do you recommend with these situations.  They can't very easily be changed before a close takes place.

October 25, 2009 04:24 PM #4
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Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham WA Home Inspector

Barbara,

I point it out. In the case shown here, they could fit in a first step and divide the nearly ten inches by two. But when it is a concrete step, they pretty much have to live with it unless they want lots of expense.

October 25, 2009 04:53 PM #5
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Carol Culkin
Reece & Nichols - Leawood, KS
Overland Park

Steve - I currently have a transaction in the works where the code inspectors now have egg on their face for signing off on the CO.

October 25, 2009 11:19 PM #6
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