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Why It’s Important To Hire A Certified Home Inspector

Safe Railings & Stairs at Porches & Decks

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Home Inspection Blog: Why It’s Important To Hire A Certified Home Inspector

So you’ve just gone under contract for your new home and one of the most immediate deadlines for you to meet now is your inspection objections, meaning you need a professional home inspection. Because this is one, if not the largest purchases you will make in your lifetime, how do you choose your inspector? Searching online and researching local inspectors is probably where you will start. Realtors, friends, and family might also provide you with inspectors they have used in the past. While selecting your home inspector there should be one prominent prerequisite you should keep in mind, only hire a certified home inspector.

Colorado does not have licensing for the home inspection industry so the only way a consumer can be assured you are hiring qualified and ethical inspector is by making sure they are a Certified Professional Inspector.

Certified inspectors are committed to their clients by renewing their qualifications annually and staying up to date with required continuing education.SiteLogic Home Inspections is certified by The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors whose mission is to help inspectors maintain inspection excellence through education.  Certified home inspectors follow a strict standards of practice to ensure you will receive the most quality inspection possible.

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No flashing below ledger

The ledger attaching the deck structure to the home structure interrupted the exterior wall covering and no flashing was installed below the ledger. This type of flashing is designed to protect the wall structure assembly from moisture intrusion with the potential for damage to the structure, home materials and the development of microbial growth such as mold. The Inspector recommends correction by a qualified contractor to help prevent damage.

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Read's Roofing and Repair

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Monthly Home Maintenance Tip

Safe Railings & Stairs at Porches & Decks

Most DIY homeowners (and a surprising number of contractors) aren’t aware that the railings and stairs at decks and porches should follow certain measurements for safety.  This is especially important for households with children and/or visitors with children. 
Here are some basic rules for steps:
  • Most deck stairs have open risers (the vertical space between stairs) that are not safe for children, as well as adults who may step too far into the tread or surface of the step.  Risers may be open but should not allow the passage of a sphere 4 inches in diameter.  Another way to make an open-riser stairway safer is to increase the depth of the tread.
  • It’s typical for steps or risers in the same stairway to be of slightly unequal heights, but the difference between the shortest and tallest (including the very bottom step) should not exceed 3/8-inch.  This is to ensure that a person’s natural stride is not interrupted, which can otherwise lead to tripping.
  • A smooth and graspable handrail should be provided on at least one side of a stairway having four or more steps.  A handrail is considered graspable if the average person can hold onto it using a natural grip for balance and support.  It should also be between 34 and 38 inches high.
  • Outdoor lighting at steps is essential for night-time safety.  Solar-powered stake units are a low-cost and energy-efficient option.
Here are some rules for railings:
  • The guardrail surrounding a deck or porch should be supported by posts at least every 6 feet.  This includes most decks that are higher than 12 inches above adjacent areas.
  • The spindles or balusters between the posts should be less than 4 inches apart to prevent children from slipping through or becoming stuck between them.
  • Balusters should be vertical rather than horizontal or ladder-type to prevent anyone from climbing on them and damaging them or hurting themselves.

    If you suspect that your deck or porch doesn’t meet these guidelines, a tape measure will help ensure your family’s and guests’ safety.  Check with your local building department for code compliance and other requirements.

SiteLogic Home Inspections is a local and family owned business in Northern Colorado. Our inspections and reports are designed to be one of the most helpful steps in your home buying process. 

SiteLogic is a Certified Professional Inspection company. We are InterNACHI certified, so you can trust that our inspectors are among the most highly trained in the industry. Our professionally trained home inspectors use modern technology, tools, and techniques to identify deficiencies and effectively communicate exactly what it means to the current condition of your home. Visit to learn more

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