23 Totally Cringeworthy Home Inspection Nightmares

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Devious contractors and ill-informed homeowners have been known to take shortcuts, but these faux pas are downright dangerous.

Home inspectors have the eye and experience to catch code violations and household damage before you, the home buyer, get stuck with them. Some problems, such as dirty filters and termites, need to be addressed but are really just mundane problems that any old house can suffer. These code violations, on the other hand, are disasters waiting to happen. Some are idiotic oversights or corner-cuttings that will accelerate the wear and tear on a home, while others are downright dangerous for anyone living inside.

Here’s a gallery of some of the worst transgressions collected by the ASHI Reporter. Check out This Old House for even more home inspection nightmares.

The support for this second-floor deck is screwed to the mullion between two out-swinging casement windows. Definitely not up to code.

James Brock
Boston Home Inspectors
Boston, MA

2. Who Needs Flashing?

If you like your attics wet, then you need to hire whoever installed this flue.

Lon Grossman, Technihouse Inspections, Inc.

3. Crawlspace Horror

Imagine the horror this inspector felt when they came across this joist that’s barely supported by cinder bricks and wood. Yikes!

Bob Galster
Pillar to Post
Cape May, NJ

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