Proper Landings-Are your stairs safe?

Home Inspector with NCW Home Inspections, LLC

Proper Landings-Are your stairs safe? Wenatchee and Quincy Home Inspections

One of the most common defects on home is stairs. Stairs often are not properly constructed to meet the requirements for safety. This can include width requirements, rail strength, proper handrails, or variation in height from one tread to another.

                                          Stair Requirements

Another very important part is that the stairs land on a proper landing. If the ground is not flat and fairly smooth for 3 feet at the bottom of the stairs a proper landing is required.

The width of a stair landing must not be less than the width of the stairway served. Each landing needs to have a minimum of 36 inches measured in the direction of travel that is fairly flat and smooth. Landings should not be pitched, sloped, or damaged that can cause a trip hazard.


                                                     stair landing trip hazard

                                                                    (There are other issues here)

                                                      close up of stair landing trip hazard 


Here we have an example of a stair landing that is a hazard. I actually almost twisted my ankle here.

Most people get used to their own odd variations of their stairs but if you are carrying groceries or items, these variations can cause you to fall. I think almost all of us have done this in our lives.

“They say any landing you can walk away from is a good one.”

Alan Shepard

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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Clear and clean stuff Don!  I see improper and dangerous stairs virtually every day.  Even driving through neighborhoods!

Sep 17, 2012 10:17 AM #1
Fred Hernden
Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area - Albuquerque, NM
Albuquerque area Home Inspector

Nice job Don! First thing I noticed was that brick laying job.... geeze man, and are those stairs solid concrete?

Sep 17, 2012 10:49 AM #2
Donald Hester
NCW Home Inspections, LLC - Wenatchee, WA
NCW Home Inspections, LLC

Jay, Ain't that the truth.

Fred, Yeah this building had some issues. There was over 30K in brick repairs to be done. The city had some grants in place to help with renovations.  Yep... them was solid concrete :)

Sep 17, 2012 11:03 AM #3
James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector

Nice railing too. Lots of issues there. 

Sep 18, 2012 05:55 AM #4
Donald Hester
NCW Home Inspections, LLC - Wenatchee, WA
NCW Home Inspections, LLC


 You like that ; ) This is one of those buildings it may be easier to say what was right versus wrong. 

Sep 18, 2012 06:19 AM #5
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