Home Inspection Photos of the Month

Home inspectors always have a camera in hand, so we never run out of interesting photos to share.  Hopefully you’ll enjoy these photos as much as we do.

Soffit Bone

Soffit Bone

The soffit bone’s connected to the… fascia bone?  This was a flipped house that we actually inspected twice within a five-month period.  The first inspection was for a potential investor when the property was still bank owned, and the second inspection was for a first-time home buyer after the property had been flipped.  We found obvious signs of animal infestation both times.

Odd Chandelier Locations

Chandelier in laundry room and attic

These chandeliers must have been on sale at the local home improvement store.  We found the exact same chandelier in two different houses, on opposite sides of town, on the same day.  The part that made this really weird was that one chandelier was hanging above the washer and dryer in an unfinished basement, and the other was hanging from the rafters in an attic.  To each their own.

Hidden Electrical Hazards

Dropped Ceiling Electrical Hazard

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: dropped ceilings were invented to hide electrical hazards. Of course, we say this tongue-in-cheek, but we find a ridiculous amount of electrical hazards above dropped ceilings.  Ironically, the device that was plugged in to the extension cord shown above was an old plug-in smoke alarm.  For the record, smoke alarms should be replaced at least once every ten years.

Corner Toilets are Expensive

Corner Toilet

Standard toilets can be purchased for under $100, but corner toilets can cost over three times as much. Someone decided a hole in the wall would be no big deal and went with the $100 toilet.

Not-so-fresh Furnace Filter

Dirty furnace filter in garbage

Here’s a small piece of free advice to home sellers: if you’re going to replace your furnace filter the morning of the home inspection, go ahead and hide the old filter if it has a thick layer of cat hair and dust on it.

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Reuben Saltzman

Reuben Saltzman works for Structure Tech, a Minneapolis home inspection company that has been in business since 1987.