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19 Home Inspector Nightmares You Have to See to Believe

Welcome to the surreal world of home inspectors and their horror stories. Mystery and danger await your perusal!

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Fancy access panel to nothing

Maybe it used to serve a function before they walled it off? Actually, we think it was a plumbing access panel.
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3-way switches

Cleverly positioned 3-way switches for you want to control the same light with your left and right hand at the same time. Or maybe this guy wants to turn the lights off when sitting on the toilet perhaps?
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Mouse Apocalypse

Picture yourself as a mouse with your honey out for an evening stroll… Quality mousetrap placement is the key—not quantity. Here are more of the craziest things home inspectors have found in people’s homes.
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Strange brew

Maybe it’s time for a water quality test. Or maybe it’s time to look into water softeners.
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Blocked vent?

Guess it’s OK if you block it with cardboard.

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Look closely

And you’ll see a very conveniently located outlet right where it’s needed. Whoever did this needs to read up on the home improvement projects you should never attempt to DIY.
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Honey, let’s have a block party?

Yep, let’s have over a couple of dozen neighbors for a really fun evening. Or tear off this disaster waiting to happen and build a deck properly.
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Plywood window well

Well I hope it’s at least treated plywood. There are very rigorous standards when it comes to building egress window wells. Read up on these home renovations you’re likely to regret later.
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Breaker panel convenience

What a good idea. Just move all the paper towels, soaps, and potions out of the way and you’ll have instant access to your breaker panel.
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Shopping notes

Wonder why a shorter water heater would help? (Could of put the writing backwards on his forehead too.) At least he’ll have a convenient reminder when it comes time for a new water heater. These are things smart homeowners do once a year.
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Lick ‘N Stick stone

You can’t just glue false stone to anything. Installing stone veneer correctly calls for a proper base, and preparation, and materials.
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Ash clean out/cold air intake combo unit

It’s important to furnish fresh outside air to furnaces, but it’s hard to figure out how that happens when you feed that air to the old chimney. And there are better ways to make sure your fireplace is safe and working properly.

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That’ll hold it!

There are zillions of ways to repair a load-bearing post. But a few scraps of wood combined with a chunk of sheet metal isn’t one of them. You won’t believe these 14 creepy things found in people’s homes.

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What’s cookin?

All of that electrical circuitry for one thing. Wonder if they shut off the gas when there still isn’t boiling corn squeezings. And aside from the scary-looking gas stove, there’s at least one electrical code violation here. Look out for these 20 deal breakers that make your home unsellable

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Somebody’s aim was a little off.

Roof vents work best when they’re centered over the holes in the roof decking. This roofer could use a lesson in how to install a roof vent.

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Hmm… What to do with that extra gallon of teal paint?

If you make a mistake, do it louder and repeat it until it no longer seems like a mistake. And at least the floor shouldn’t cave in. Lots of crazy looking wiring as well. There are better ways to install a load-bearing beam. Check out some more secrets home inspectors won’t tell you

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A door built for hobbits

Nobody else could make this work one-handed. Seriously, I’d love to hear the reasoning behind installing the doorknob this way. At least you don’t have to worry about whether the door is right or left handed. Plus, we found even more ridiculous home improvement fails.

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Wooden washer

Great! You saved a trip to the hardware store. But if you’re going to use a wooden washer, at least use treated wood. Or better yet, study up on how to install a sink drain the right way.

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How many step-flashing mistakes can you find in this picture?

You know, even if you’re not willing to hire a professional, there’s plenty of online resources that show how to install step flashing properly. Maybe they have a rain barrel inside the wall? If you think these are bad, you need to see these exterminatory nightmares that will make you cringe

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