Originally Posted By: jpeck
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I measure them, and write them up when not right.
Riser height, tread depth, stair width, headroom (if applicable), safeguard railing, hand rails, landing, etc.
Granted, a stairway is almost NEVER torn out and rebuilt, so I recommend they call their insurance company and specifically cover the non-conforming stairway, THEN get a credit for 30 years (standard mortgage) or 70 years (life of house) so my clients can pay for that extra insurance, and then have the money to pass on to their buyer when they sell.
When I leave, they know if the stairs are either normally unsafe (all stairs are unsafe) or more unsafe than normal (riser heights too high, riser height variation to great, tread depth to shallow, tread depth variation too great, etc.
It may be more than they want to know about the stairs, but it is not more than I want to make sure I tell them. "Yes, Your Honor, as you can see in my report, I measured the stairway, I told my client they were unsafe, and I advised them to at least buy extra insurance to cover the stairs IF THEY CHOSE NOT TO REBUILD the stairway."