110 Super Scary Home Inspector Nightmare Photos
After seeing these real-life home inspector photos (and picking your jaw up off of the floor), you’ll wonder what these homeowners were thinking!
Adjustable Support Column
Adjustable support columns like this with steel supporting pins should only be used as temporary support columns, according to an American Society of Home Inspectors article.
Bad Deck Support
Decks just aren’t something you want to mess around with no matter how high they are off the ground. The risk of harm is great when a deck collapses. Make sure you know the signs of early deck failure or safety hazards.
Nothing about this screams safety or viable emergency escape. It looks bolted to the roof and there’s a chain to help keep it in place. This is one of those scary things home inspectors find, like a beaver in the attic.
Bad Deck Support
Something tells us a support system for an upper deck shouldn’t look like a woodpile. Might be a little wobbly on that upstairs landing. Then again, you may be taking flying lessons if you try to use it. Check out these 7 deck building tips to avoid any catastrophe like this.
Bad Roof Design
Hmm, hope the gutters work. Maybe who ever constructed this roof tried making some kind of artistic architectural statement. What’s sure is that a roof slanted towards a vertical wall will never work no matter how creative you get with a gutter system. Make cleaning your gutters a lot easier with these 25 gutter hints.
Baseboard Heater in Crawl Space
It might sound like a good idea to heat your crawl space in winter to perhaps prevent frozen pipes and warm your house a little more but it’s extremely dangerous. It’s a huge fire hazard and at the end of the day, it’s not going to warm your place any more, at least until the house stops burning. It’s better to insulate the crawl space because it can save you a ton of money and block it to prevent pests from getting in.
Beam Splice Not Over Post at Deck
Somebody’s tape measure must’ve been off when they put together this deck. Looks pretty unsafe considering the splice is only sitting on a sliver of the post. Most building codes require at least one inch of bearing wherever a beam is supported by a post. Fall in love with outdoor amenities like one of these gorgeous outdoor bars.
Bent Outlet Cover
This might deserve a showing in the Museum of Modern Art for how well the outlet cover bent and hasn’t broken. It pays to put some thought into electrical box placement to avoid this stuff from happening. It reminds us of a fan we once saw with similar artistic qualities.
If this boulder wasn’t been used for a footing on a deck we swear we could’ve mistaken it for the brain of the person who came up with this idea. Discover the surefire way to get perfect deck footings with these tips.
A Garage Prepped for Elective Surgery
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That’s Not PEX
Dr. Frankenstein’s wall switch
Which problem solver would you choose?
Leaking fill valve repair
Flying Wallenda’s Family Home
Watch Your Head!
Plywood window well
Pillars of the earth
Crop circles in the attic
Brick Work Gone Bad
Wine cork plug
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Honey, let’s have a block party?
You Can Still Use the Garbage Can
Deck Stair Layout Headache
Ceiling kitchen venting
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Hard hat area
A shower found in Munchkinland
After mom and dad moved out, the toddlers decided to make the bathroom more user-friendly. But when they grow up they’re gonna have to install a new shower.
Hubcap Flue Cap
A Potentially Shocking Disposer
Skillfully Unnecessary Scribe
No Fuse, Big Problem
Now that’s a maintenance-free finish!
Liberace’s guest bath
Find the Fuel Oil Tanks in this Picture
What the wall usually sees
Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech
Kitchen exhaust vent routing fun
The More the Merrier!
Extra clothes rod
A Wee Bit of an Access Issue
You’re not fully clean unless you’re Zestfully clean!
All employees MUST wash their hands before returning to work!
Genius! With this setup, you can wash your hands and your feet at the same time! A small bathroom requires a certain amount of planning.
Little Johnny got a magnifying glass for his birthday and set out to harness the power of the sun and melt the neighbor’s house. Obviously, this house is in need of some siding replacement!
Don’t fall for this trap
Flashing in a Can
Return Air Downspout
A fat siding guy’s nightmare
Mouse trap gauntlet
Determined to have Martha’s mouse-pelt coat ready for Christmas, Karl set about the task with never-before-seen enthusiasm. There are many ways to get rid of mice in your home.