Loose steps and missing handrails are something that we often find on a home inspection. But while it is common, it is not something that should be forgotten about. And it is easy to forget about them – as we have busy lives and things like these are not always at the top of our mind.
Many organizations, such as VA, USDA, and FHA often “pick” on this sort of thing. Why is that? Because of safety reasons. Handrails are not the most expensive thing you will ever do for your home, and they can often even be done by the home owner. But think of the benefits. Having a tragic moment when a family member (possibly even a child) falls prevented by such a small maintenance item.
These organizations have good reason – and unfortunately, experience – that validates these requirements. Stairs and handrails make up a large portion of injuries. It is, unfortunately, something that affects the elderly, the young, and the disabled more than most any other demographic.
So if your home inspection report shows missing handrails or loose steps, take a weekend and fix these items. You won’t regret it.