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Improper steps are a tripping hazard, and need to be repaired

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Home tripping hazard

This was done recently on a driveway in Westhampton NY, and is not properly done.

Short steps, steps of varying height, narrow steps, are all supposed to be repaired when they have outlived their useful life, and here in NY everybody gets the MOST of of such things.

But making steps like this that are too short in height are not allowed, and landings at doorways must be 36 inches, and not less.This low step (see picture) can cause you to trip.

Competent and reliable contractors are also not found easily sometimes, and many people tend to cheap out or who just do not perform work to proper building codes. Luckily, you have a home inspector to alert you to these issues,

Ray Wilson, president of Meticulous Home Inspection Corp. would be happy to answer any of your questions related to this blog, or inspection in general. Please call 631-902-6761 or see


It is downright dangerous to try to navigate steps that are out of regulation. Tiny little steps on front walks cause home buyers to fall and it creates liability for the home owner.

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