Top 20 Home Inspection Photos from 2015

This is always my favorite blog post of the year, featuring our best home inspection photos from the past 12 months.  Click on any of the photos for a large version.  Enjoy!

Planning for emergencies

Bathroom fan 3-way switch

Flat roof / chimney combo

Chimneys and flat roofs are notorious for leaks. Someone managed to combine the two here. While this image looks photoshopped, it’s not. I just blurred out the surrounding scenery to keep the location anonymous.

Chimney _ flat roof combo

Roof Mullet

Again, no editing was done here.  I just blurred out the surrounding scenery.

Roof Mullet

Hack wiring, right out in the open

Crazy light

Who needs beams?

Cut beam for garage door opener track

Dr. Seuss’s handiwork

Dr. Seuss Water Heater Vent


Duct tape drains

More duct tape repairs.

Duct tape wall

Those paint cans better come with the house.

Ladder too short

I have no idea…

Ball Washer

Backboard magnifying glass

Check out what the backboard did to the shingles right behind it.  Crazy, right?

Magnifying glass basketball hoop

Bad planning.

This microwave door is open as wide as it will go because it binds on the wall. Yes, this was a flipped house.

Microwave won't open

More home flipper stuff (zero pride)

Nice Paint Job

More bad planning

Poor planning

I’ve got a fever…

More saddlevalves

Plumbing vent flashing used inside the attic

Someone didn’t know how to connect the corrugated duct for a bathroom exhaust fan to the roof cap, so they used a piece of flashing for a plumbing vent.

plumbing vent flashing inside attic

Don’t worry.  It was toe-nailed on the other side too ?

Toe-nailed newel post

Valley trees (like, OMG!)

Valley Trees

Re-purposed shower rods

Sink supports

The multi-tasker’s dream bathroom 

Tight toilet and sink

You don’t need to know what nice work looks like to know that this ain’t it.

Mortar at chimney


Every mortar joint is filled with caulk.


Perfect fit.

Water Heater Drain Capped

Ok, that makes twenty three.  Close enough.  If you enjoy these types of photos, please visit out our Facebook page, where we keep ’em coming.  Also, be sure to check out our top photos from previous years:

Happy New Year!

Author: Reuben SaltzmanStructure Tech Home Inspections


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Reuben is a second-generation home inspector with a passion for his work. He grew up remodeling homes and learning about carpentry since he was old enough to hold a hammer. Reuben grew up thinking he was going to be a school teacher because he enjoyed teaching others so much. In a sense, that’s a lot of what home inspections are about, so Reuben truly does what he loves. Sharlene has worked with Structure Tech since 2000 and Reuben has been contributing to her blog since 2008.

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