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Old 02-29-2012, 04:26 PM
 
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Default Stair repair in Houston

Anyone have experience? We found the home we want to buy and upon inspection it was noted the stairs risers at 8", max allowed is 7-3/4. Also, the bannister does not reach the bottom.

On one hand, I like them how they are and repairing that seems like a HUGE mess. OTOH, I don't want to be stuck with an unsellable home or stuck with repair costs ourselves. Is repairing them even necessary?

Were asking the sellers for money for needed repairs (not many, very few) and stair companies that I am finding close at 5. Am I calling the right places or should I be calling builders?

Anyone who have had their stairs repaired in Houston area- I would love to hear how much it cost you and who you used! Thanks!
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Old 02-29-2012, 04:37 PM
 
Location: Houston area
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That's going to be an expensive issue. And most likely, the sellers won't even consider repairing it.

I would not worry about it. 99% of people won't mind it unless it's extremely uncomfortable to climb. Is it?
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Old 02-29-2012, 04:49 PM
 
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Codes evolve over time. If the home is older, the stairs most likely complied with the applicable code when they were built. The variance you are talking about is 1/4" per riser. The home inspector will typically note items that are in non-compliance of the current building code, but, unless it will cause potential harm, or create inherent danger, the seller isn't required to modify.
The prospect of tearing out that entire stairway to modify riser height isn't probably a reasonable solution. The starter step will no longer be in the same place it is now, among other costly issues. I wouldn't worry about it. If it hadn't been noted by your inspector, you wouldn't have know the difference, right?
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Old 03-03-2012, 05:10 PM
 
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No I would not have noticed, it's not hard to climb at all. I think were going to leave it! The home is only 8 years old, and it looks like the code is dated 1979. I was thinking thats kind of expensive for 1/4".... and the next inspector may not even notice.
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Old 03-05-2012, 07:21 AM
 
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FWIW, the riser height in my parents' 1940's house is 9". I don't notice. They didn't notice that there was any deficiency when they bought the house until the inspector brought it up.

This is totally your call, but I seriously doubt that there is any justification for spending the kind of money you're talking about spending to bring your stair risers up (or down, rather) to code.
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Old 03-05-2012, 09:06 AM
 
Location: plano
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FWIW, the riser height in my parents' 1940's house is 9". I don't notice. They didn't notice that there was any deficiency when they bought the house until the inspector brought it up.

This is totally your call, but I seriously doubt that there is any justification for spending the kind of money you're talking about spending to bring your stair risers up (or down, rather) to code.
I agree completely on it not being worth the $ to fix it. My home in 77079 was built in 1977 before Houston claimed the subdivision land as part of the city. The risers met code but the size of the platform for each stair was small since the stairs were in a half circle in the entry. The smaller than standard platform size for each step was a safety issue but not one we addressed we just disclosed it to the buyer and it was no issue with the sale.
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