It isn't hard to do and it's always something to post after finding fun flipper fodder.
Going downstairs I immediately noticed that the staircase was sans handrail.
Mentioning that to my clients they said when they asked about one, Flipper (not his real name) told them he had looked up the code.
The code told him that the requirements said this staircase was not "wide" enough for a handrail.
To that I said, "Ummmm..." Direct quote.
This staircase is actually wider than a lot at 38".
It certainly requires a handrail.
So I had a little fun with it.
On the report I included links to local County and International Residency Code (IRC) mentions as regards handrail installations and requirements.
Let's just say that those links virtually inundate people with information!
There are requirements about everything! When one is necessary, how high, its thickness and how far from the wall, shapes - it goes on and on!
There are diagrams showing measurements, specificity as to strength, continuity along a wall, where on the wall it should end (top and bottom), well, you name it, the many, many codes show it.
I can only hope Flipper felt pure gratitude at my helpfulness!
Yes, I'm sure he did!
My recommendation: your home inspector is likely to be just as helpful with information and instruction as you go about understanding the needs your house, even your NEW house, must satisfy. And remember, the code requirements represent a MINIMUM standard and there is no reason your builder, or Flipper, can't exceed them!
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560