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A Sofa Does Not A Guardrail Make!

A sofa does not a guardrail make!

While that might come as a shock to some, it should not.

This homeowner decided to replace the flooring in the house with new hardwood flooring.

While it was a very nice job, the pesky guardrail was removed and not replaced!

Instead, and why not, a sofa was purchased to fill the void.

As lovely as the new furniture was, a sofa does not replace a guardrail.

No really.  I looked and a guardrail is still required by the code.

The word sofa appears no where that I could find.

But if a guardrail is installed, won't the new sofa stick out further into the room?  Won't that make it harder to get from the front door into the house?

Yes, yes it will.

My recommendation:  people come up with interesting ideas of how to do this or that.  While it might seem okay at the time, some ideas just do not make the cut.  If you want a sofa to be your new guardrail, that is fine.  But don't try to sell that idea to someone else.  A mean home inspector may just come along and shoot it down.

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

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Comment balloon 14 commentsJay Markanich • May 25 2017 10:48AM

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Great observation!

People come up with interesting ideas of how to do this or that.  While it might seem okay at the time, some ideas just do not make the cut.  If you want a sofa to be your new guardrail, that is fine.  But don't try to sell that idea to someone else.  A mean home inspector may just come along and shoot it down.

Posted by Sham Reddy, CRS (H E R Realty, Dayton, OH) 29 days ago

Good morning Jay. I see an accident waiting to happen! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker (Wayne M Martin) 29 days ago

Jay Markanich Now I know where Mr. Toad's Wild Ride went to when Disney shut it down. Great catch!

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI NMLS#1483386, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (Realty One) 29 days ago

Good morning, Jay Markanich OMG... I hated seeing that photo....all I can picture is a little one standing on that sofa ....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes" (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) 29 days ago

OK, now that is a first.  Nice hardwood floors and a couple hundred and the railing would have been in also

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) 29 days ago

OH MY!  You are not kidding!  That looks very scary!

Posted by Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold! (RE/MAX Realty Center ) 29 days ago

Are you sure? It does look like a reclining couch.... still no? 

Posted by Fred Hernden, Albuquerque area Home Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) 29 days ago

Oh geeze.  Nice try people.  Hopefully now they will comply.

Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) 29 days ago

And what happens when you sit down too hard and the couch scoots back a bit?

Posted by Stephen Weakley (Nationwide Mortgage Services) 29 days ago

You had me with a great title and I would say that the owner should be concerned with the tipping point.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) 29 days ago

Jay, It would be just a matter of time until one of our Chihuahuas would go sailing off the back of the couch and bouncing down the stairs.  It wouldn't end well at all.

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com) 29 days ago

Thanks Sham.  It was hard to miss.

Many accidents are set ups, Wayne.  And this is a set up!

S&N - I'm just glad I didn't have to catch any wild rides while we were there.

Barbara - at three years old I would have been doing hand flips off that sofa.  Look Mom!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 29 days ago

William - unknown why they didn't put the guardrail, but they didn't!  I doubt it was cost, but who knows?

No Kristin.  And I tried not to be too sarcastic either!

Fred - the couch reclines and extends automatically to fill the void if someone should fall down the stairs.

Belinda - can you imagine the movers not paying attention and one slips off that edge as they are walking some furniture into the house?

 

 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 29 days ago

Stephen - um, it falls into the hole?  Looking again, yep, that's it!  Maybe it becomes a soft spot to land on!

The tipping point was apparently the home inspector showing up, Joe.  I'm told it was suggested to the buyers that they buy another sofa to go into the same place.  No kidding.

Bliz - our beagle would not last long, either.  It would be quite the fall.

 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 29 days ago

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