Home Inspection Horrors

home inspection found this tangled cable tv box

Home inspection is serious business. But home inspectors have a wicked sense of humor. If you need proof, just check out this batch of "Postcards From the Field," the perennially popular feature of the American Society of Home Inspectors. From a wasp's nest the size of a basketball to a DIY electrical job that's truly shocking, home inspectors have seen it all -- and lucky for us, they carry cameras.

Photos courtesy of the ASHI Reporter.

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I'm not a fan of this setup.  

David Grudzinski

Advantage Home Inspections

Cranston, R.I.

This is truly a ‘hot seat.’ Notice that there is a fuse panel, a breaker panel and an outlet (not GFCI-protected) within easy reach.

Mike Steinle

HomeCheck Pro LLC

Knoxville, Tenn.

Not just any old shoe will do.  This one was carefully fit to its application. Why bother properly sealing the abandoned vent when this shoe fits so well?

Charles H. Nance

CHN Inspections LLC

Wildwood, Mo.

Whose cable TV belongs to whom?

Mark Lozeron

HouseCall Inspections

Chicago, Ill.

Apparently, the homeowner didn’t want to mess with all that high-tech gadgetry in a humidifier, so he replaced it with a Cool Whip container filled with water!

Brian Mishler

HomeStudy Inc.

Latrobe, Penn.

This takes window air conditioners to the next level, the door fan.

David Rose

Astute Home Inspections LLC

Millburn, N.J.

It works, you just have go fast enough.

Max Curtis


Livermore, Calif.

The plumbing under a kitchen sink. The ‘extra’ supply lines and the flexible drain line are to a clothes washer in another room.  The angled line under the left basin is an open hot water line. It disappears into a wall. Note the S trap and exposed wiring. 

Randy West

Professional Building Consultants

Prescott, Ariz.

This should keep the guests from overstaying their welcome. Notice the toothbrushes and drink cups in the holders next to the far sink.

David Maudlin

Indy Pro Inspection Service Inc.

Carmel, Ind.

Not the safest place to dry off.

Bill Loden

Insight Building Inspection

Madison, Ala

Window treatment stays with the house.

Nate Stitzlein

Crow Home Inspection LLC

Baltimore, Ohio

This photo shows water shooting out of a place where it doesn’t belong. This might be the best ‘action’ photo I’ve ever taken. I don’t think it needs any explanation.

Reuben Saltzman

Structure Tech Home Inspections

Maple Grove, Minn.

The concept got a bit confused here. 

David Grudzinski

Advantage Home Inspections

Cranston, R.I.

“Handyman” wiring! And yes, those leads were hot.

Greg H. Mathias

Catmando Real Estate Services Inc.

Lewisburg, PA

Some people just should not be permitted to shop at the big-box hardware stores.

Matthew Steger

WIN Home Inspection

Elizabethtown, Penn.


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