Home Inspection Nightmares - You Can't Make This Stuff Up!

Real Estate Agent with GreatWest Realty DRE# 00827565

When I need a good chuckle to lift my spirits on a foggy day, I hop over to one of my favorite websites, This Old House, and their section titled, "Home Inspection Nightmares."  They have a number of slideshow galleries, which provide great humor for today's weary real estate professionals.  There are a total of 21 series, but somehow, I had missed series "V", which had among its slides this priceless photo.

It is of a skylight with a tire, bungee cord, and tin over it to prevent water from coming in.

The following link is to
This Old House Home Inspection Nightmares.  You can use it as a launching pad for laughter! 

Other photos included in the various Home Inspection Nightmares galleries - Trees growing out of the side of houses, and a shower installed right over an electrical panel. 

You can't make this stuff up!


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Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
Marketing in the Digital Age

Love the tire on the roof remedy... that's some real ingenuity! I'm a big fan of This Old House, I'll check out the home inspection nightmares... thanks.

Jan 31, 2011 11:44 AM #1
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Great pictures that really tell the stories. Thanks for sharing.

 Life is good!

Jan 31, 2011 11:45 AM #2
Jack Mossman - The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Stockton
The Nines Team At Keller Williams - Stockton, CA
The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Stockton

Hmm ... reminds me of Fibber McGee's closet and Rube Goldberg's inventions!  BUT - then you'd get that reference ... but there's a lot that won't!

Thanks for an amusing moment!

Jan 31, 2011 01:35 PM #3
The Scott Loper Team Bux-Mont Premier Properties
Keller Williams Real Estate - Montgomeryville - Lansdale, PA

Hi Myrl,

LOVE it!  So funny, especially the skylight leak prevention - can they patent that idea?  haha


Jan 31, 2011 01:59 PM #4
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

Myrl, that is a great link, I looked at a couple of different inspections.  Scary!

Jan 31, 2011 04:11 PM #5
Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

Myrl, I LOVE this show.  I must say that there are some really "creative" people out there. 

Jan 31, 2011 05:55 PM #6
Erika Rogers
Red Rock Real Estate ~ Southern Utah's Largest Independent Brokerage - Saint George, UT
St George Utah Real Estate & Relocation Specialist

Myrl, thanks for sharing that link!  I love that show too.  Hope the fog clears soon;)

Feb 01, 2011 10:32 AM #7
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Rene' - As hokey as some of these remedies appear, they do seem to be working.  However, some look like a death sentence waiting to be executed:-)

Roy - Life really is good:-)

Jack - I think you and I must be the only ones around, who even know who Fibber McGee and Molly were. . .LOL

Feb 01, 2011 12:51 PM #8
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Lisa - That one was my favorite!  Simply because it probably works, inspite of how crazy it looks:-)

Tony and Darcy - Occassionally I just need to visit those Nightmares, to see what is presented.  Always great laughs:-)

Juli - "Creative" is a GREAT label for it!

Erika - We had a clear day today.  It was wonderful to see the sun.  It was cold and windy, but at least the blue overhead was uplifting!

Feb 01, 2011 12:54 PM #9
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Myrl, I forgot about that site and I need to make way over there. This stuff you find, were it not so traggic, would be funny. You are so right, you can't make this stuff up.

Feb 01, 2011 03:59 PM #10
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