Looking at the stairs they were pretty, I could give them that.
Even with wood stairs, beauty can only be skin deep.
Sure, there's no handrail, but that's just decoration, right?
So I walked down the staircase. Spongy!
Especially that lowest stair, well supported as it is and all.
They deserved some further investigation.
Going around to the side I had a peek.
Prettiness is only skin deep!
The new wood is merely veneering the old wood!
And the old wood is pretty old!
That might be why the new wood is so spongy!
Gee, it seems ALL of the old wood is just as chewed up and, well, chewed up!
At least the termites are happy!
So, while standing at the bottom of the stairs, and admiring their logic, artistic placement and firm nailing, I looked to the left.
And what did I spy with my little eye?
A spongy retaining wall!
Which, in addition to this fine repair, is leaning delightfully.
Oh well, it's freshly painted!
My recommendation: sometimes on home inspections the beauty of new stuff might only be skin deep. But, as they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. So, be sure to spy with your little eye and see what you can see.
I may have had a little fun with this post. Hopefully my client's agent, an AR Guy himself (who introduced and recruited me to ActiveRain) won't be upset with it...
Well, at least he gets some AR points out of the deal.
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560