My clients were on vacation when their new construction was ready for a final inspection. They told me that I was scheduled for anytime I wanted on that day. So I showed up real early.
The inspection revealed the usual stuff - loose dishwasher leaking onto the kitchen floor, leaky faucet in a bathroom, grounding electrode hanging loose under the electric meter with no sign of a grounding rod beside the house - you know, the usual stuff. There was more than that!
But this is the view on the end of the front porch. From this view it doesn't look like a far drop.
It is. The drop on the left side is 38" and the right corner and in front on the end 34".
This family has small children and elderly parents. Thinking about someone falling off that porch would be a considerable and continuing stress. Not to mention the code... but we needn't go there. The supervisor told my clients that he didn't want to hear from the home inspector! He might condescend to hearing from the buyers, but I am told it takes more than one mention for him to consider anything they say. Hmmmm...
They have a little boy who will be doing swan dives off that porch! I know I would have done hand springs off the end. "Look at what I can do Mom!" But not everyone can do that and this porch is hazardous.
My recommendation: The clients thought that drop was a bit far. It is. They thought it should have a rail and they are right. Just because it is a new house and something doesn't look right, don't assume that it must be right because there just wouldn't be any builder oversights! Well, you know what happens when we assume.
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560