We all expect our home inspector to highlight problems with the structure or operation of the HVAC but what about safety issues? In the home inspection pictured below, the home inspector found loose boards and a gap in the railing. These items hadn’t bothered the sellers because they weren’t using this deck and didn’t have small pets. But the gap pictured was actually large enough for a child to squeeze or fall through.


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After these findings, the seller repaired the loose decking and extended the railing. The home inspection protected the buyer from what could have been a dangerous spot for children and her small dogs had the problems not been found during the inspection.

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