Friday Funny 651: Home Inspection Fails

>> Friday, January 10, 2014

This past week, the Star Tribune had a home inspector post his "Top 20 Home Inspection Photos from 2013." Here are some of my favorites of his (with his captions):

Soffit Bone - This was a flipped house in Minneapolis that had a bone sticking out of the soffit right above the front door. Why? How? No idea.

Brass Has No Class - earlier this year, we spotted the exact same brass chandeliers in two different houses, on opposite sides of town, on the same day. One was in a laundry room, another in an attic.

You Need Gutters - this might be the most pronounced drip line we've ever seen.

Glowing Bonding Screw - we never found out what was causing that bonding screw to glow, but we felt pretty comfortable recommending someone get an electrician out to fix it right away.

"You look out for OSHA, I'll paint the soffit." - One of the crazier ladder settings we've observed while inspecting a house.

Rorschach Mold - please look at the wall and tell us what you see.

The Gauntlet - the mouse died of a heart attack.

Overflowing Standpipe - When [one of the inspectors] filled the kitchen sink with water and then let it drain, water backed up out of the standpipe in the basement. Nice action shot, huh?

Minnesota Nice - you'd think we staged this photo, but we didn't. The owner of this Minneapolis home left some appliance manuals on the kitchen table, a three page letter listing the deficiencies they were aware of, a garage door opener remote, a flashlight, and two boxes of girl scout cookies.

Time-Out Chairs Are All About Placement - want to make your kids behave? Consider a more strategic location for the time-out chair.

Some of my favorite photos are the ones that need no explanation. The rest of these photos are pretty self explanatory.

Dropped Ceilings Were Invented To Hide Electrical Hazards

FLASHBACK: When Pharmie and I bought our house in St. Paul nearly 8 years ago, our porch had a similar electrical issue. Here are 3 photos from a post back in 2009 showing our porch:

Note the cords from above our porch's dropped ceiling that are wired into that socket.

A "before" shot in the porch.

An "after" shot after I worked on it all summer.

Click here to see the whole (nasty) project start-to-finish.

Hot Shower

Jamie Hyneman Toilet

Corner Toilets Are Expensive

Door Stop / Smoke Alarm Combo

Downspout Aimed at Outlet

Laundry Chute in the Shower

That Rug Better Come With The House

Put The Milk In Back

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Unknown 10:22 AM, July 21, 2014  

This was such a hilarious and fun post to read. Thanks for sharing these funny home inspection fails. I can just imagine all the crazy things that home inspectors must see out on the job. Some of these were just quite ridiculous and dangerous!

Jessie |

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