Home Inspector Humor/Postcards from the Field

I found this recently here in Houston. I guess the owners were more worried about being ready for a hurricane (see the generator) than about blowing up the house.

Robert J.P. Goodspeed
Goodspeed Inspection Services, Inc.
Missouri City, Texas

The goop solution
“Honey, I took care of that pesky leak before the home inspector showed up!”

Mario Lucciola
All Spec Building Inspections
St. Catharines, Ontario

Too late to start a diet
This rat ate so much while in the main fuse box that when it came time to get out, he needed help by placing his feet on the terminals-OUCH!  Be careful opening electrical panels for many reasons other than the obvious!

Duane Serrano
Tri-Star Inspection Services
Campbell, Calif.

More lurking behind the panel door
This 5-foot black snake was rather upset about being disturbed. He is a perfect example of why all openings in an electrical panel should be sealed. The snake was removed and released unharmed.

Bob Sisson
Inspections by Bob
Boyds, Md.

S is for silly, or stupid
As if a single S-trap isn’t enough.

Bryant Warren
HouseMaster Inspections
Broken Arrow, Okla.

Save me
The water meter’s last words: “Help, I think I fell in quicksand.”

David Grudzinski
Advantage Home Inspections
Cranston, R.I.

It never gets old
This is a functioning door on the second-story of a home with no staircase. Do you need a handrail if their is only one (20-foot) step?

Wally Shank
Mid Penn Home Inspections
Carlisle, Pa.

Furnace on fire
Aren’t you supposed to take the instructions out of the furnace before start up? It’s good that we don’t use furnaces too often in Phoenix.

Bruce Barker
Dream Home Consultants
Peoria, Ariz.

I think this water heater needs replacing.

Joe Lengel
Advantage Home Services, Inc.
Garrettsville, Ohio

Hold the mayo
This wiring controls a vanity light. The switch box is a Cain’s mayonnaise lid. Maybe he used mayo instead of shaving cream?

Tim Rooney 
Homeview Property Inspections
Exeter, N.H.

In stairs, under stairs, upstairs, downstairs

Why would anyone want a new construction inspection? Because evidently plumbers and carpenters don’t talk! The top photo shows the basement rough in for the toilet … IN the stairwell. The second one, I suppose is for the basement wet bar sink drain .. UNDER the stairwell!

Charlie Yates
WIN Home Inspection Crown Point
Crown Point, Ind.

Those ties probably should be burned.

closet.jpgThe seller reported a funny smell in the closet, but never figured it out. It was burning clothes.

David Grudzinski
Advantage Home Inspections
Cranston, R.I.


screw.jpgI see the point of not using this type of screw for a panel cover.

Phil Gould
Buyers Protection Group
Chicago, Ill.

Foreclosure booby trap

flue.jpgIn this foreclosed house, the previous homeowner cut through the attic fire wall into the chimney and cut both the metal liner and flue. This is a sure-fire way to burn the house down! I was shaking when I saw it.

Jim Estrada
Property Inspector, LLC
Seattle Wa.

Snake dance

closet.jpgHere is what I saw when I lifted this septic cap out in the country near Oberlin, Ohio. After a little dance and a bit of vocal screams, I was able to focus and take a picture. (I know it is just a little green snake, but snakes are something that I just don’t do very well with.)

Brian “B.K.” Thompson 
King Home Inspection, LLC
Lorain, Ohio


Walk the walk, talk the talk,caulk the caulk

caulk.jpgIf you can’t find the leak, just apply more caulk.

Dale Macko
I – 4 Detail Inspection Services, LLC
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio




This is a light fixture installed in an attic hatch. I nicknamed it “light your hatch.” I had to access the attic to view the air handler. The bottom photo shows the other side. At least I didn’t need a flashlight.

Phill Gaines
Assure Home Inspection
Mesa, Ariz.

Unclear on the concept

vent.jpgAt a recent inspection, I found the bathroom vent attached to the house plumbing drain system. This house was a flip by a “professional” renovation company. I don’t think they understand how these things work.

Chuck Carroll
CJR Property Inspections
Fredericksburg, Va.

Worth at least a thousand words

mess.jpgI could write a whole article about this one picture.

David Grudzinski
Advantage Home Inspections
Cranston, R.I.


sawdust.jpgThis is sawdust from the wood shop in the garage blown up to the attic. In the flat areas, it is 3″ deep. On the piles, it’s 20″+ deep. It covered the whole 2-car attic.

Randy Via
C.L. Gleich & Associates, Inc.
Columbus, Ohio

Not a plumber?

drain.jpgLooks like this homeowner was a trained electrician.

Kirk Bingenheimer
B-Sure Inspections, LLC
Mt. Pleasant, S.C.

Oh yes, and the duct-taped drain

sink.jpgDuring this inspection, I found two outlets above the sink (not GFI). Below the sink, I found six outlets (not GFI) for a grand total of eight non-GFI outlets. I did notice the hair dryer had a GFI at the plug. And, then there is the issue of the duct-taped drain.

Stephen P. Tyler
STAT Home Inspections
Garnerville, N.Y.

Ol’ faithful

wellpump.jpgI found this well pump at a recent inspection. The homeowner said, “But it still works!”

Joseph P. Arnone
Independent Home Inspection Co.
Burlington, Conn.

Kindling for a house fire


Apparently, some knob and tube wiring comes with bonus kindling.  Notice some of the singe marks on the surrounding leaves.

Anthony McFarland
Hearthstone Property Inspections, LLC
Renton, Wash.

Royal treatment

throne.jpgI call this photo “ascending to the throne.”

Dwayne Hoffman
Hoffman Home Inspections
Lancaster, Ohio

That sinking feeling




This is what happens when you forget to put the sump pump in the pit you’ve installed. Wait a few years and the foundation walls and living room start to sink.

David Maudlin
Indy Pro Inspection Service, Inc.
Carmel, Ind.

Pool party with extra excitement



These will light up your life, for as long as your life lasts. As you can see from the photo at right, the water feature actually hits the lights.

Bruce Barker
Dream Home Consultants, LLC
Cary, N.C.