Nothing about this staircase meets code - what does the inspector do?
It is beautiful!
It is a work of art!
It is placed with architectural and landscaping purpose!
It is one of three such renderings on the property!
It is extremely expensive and made from local materials!
It is green!
It is the first thing the buyers mentioned to the inspector when they showed up - how much they loved, loved, loved the staircase as an introduction to their new purchase! And enthusiastically!
So, really, what does the inspector do?
Should he point out how all three such staircases are not to code?
Look, the stairs are not of even height.
Look, they are not of equal width.
Look, there is no handrail.
Look, one side of the bridge has a deep fall.
Look, the stairs are not level or smooth.
Look, some of the stairs are not firm.
Look, the thing cost a bundle. All three of them did. In fact, the landscaping around the yard was very, very professionally done. It makes the house fit into the location (on a wooded hill with a creek behind) and together the house and property are beautiful.
I know what this inspector did. What would you have done?
My recommendation: we all have our jobs. It is the job of the home inspector to observe and report. There may be a little opinion mixed with the report, but still, to observe and report is the goal. The house is the house. The report is the report. How things are said, however, may be very important.
If one lover looks into the other loves' eyes and said the following, which would you prefer to hear:
When I look into your eyes it's as if time stands still ...
Your face could stop a clock.
Both say exactly the same thing.
Remember, observe and report (says he with a twinkle in his eye).
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560