Just like Alpha Alpha Structural, Inc. (previously here, here, and here), Boston Home Inspectors also rain on people's parades. Well, kinda. In a nice way.

"We are hired by the buyer of a property to inspect the exterior of the house, basement, and structure along with all of the home systems," James Brock of Boston Home Inspectors told Bored Panda. "We test all the outlets, appliances, windows, doors, and bathroom fixtures. We, both, look for items not installed properly or that may be deteriorated, defective, or have an item of concern. For example, a leak or unsafe conditions."

Besides looking for problems or issues, the company educates the buyer about the investment that they will be making. "We teach them how the various components in their new home work and what to expect for life expectancy and what to plan for future maintenance."

During the past 24 years, Boston Home Inspectors have seen quite a bit in their job. From crazy DIY solutions to years of neglect, they share pictures of their most interesting finds on social media. Here are some of the most popular ones.

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#1

Found The Cool House In The Neighborhood!

Found The Cool House In The Neighborhood!

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MagicalUnicorn
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3 months ago

i wanna live there!

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When talking about common problems, Brock said their Instagram is a pretty good representation of the big picture.

"As you can see, decks seem to have the most issues. Many are not built right or inspected annually for issues. Wood and metal deteriorate and corrode. Too many times people have a deck built and never give it a second thought for 15-20 years, meanwhile, the wood is starting to rot and the metal components rust."

"Also the famous uncle who knows just a little about everything, but is master of nothing, has now built your dream deck wrong! The deck is now potentially dangerous. I understand homeowners are trying to save money, but most times these items will cost them more in the long run," Brock explained.

#2

Well, Hello Now!

Well, Hello Now!

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

I didn't expect to see a cat hole in the wall.

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#3

When You Need Privacy!

When You Need Privacy!

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Raine Soo
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3 months ago

Privacy goes both ways.

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There are a lot of things that could make a home dangerous: it could be the hot water temperature (140F), stairs without handrails, loose toilets, uneven front steps, leaning basement stairs, non-GFI outlets next to a bathtub, window seats in a child's room, clogged fireplace flues, large icicles hanging from the gutters, uneven basement floors for tripping, fire hazards like clogged dryer vents or wiring not to code. The list is long. Apparently, there are many items in a home that can become unsafe if installed incorrectly or have started to age/deteriorate.

#4

Another Room With A View!

Another Room With A View!

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Raine Soo
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3 months ago

I guess some folks are exhibitionists.

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#5

Just A Cool Set Of Stairs

Just A Cool Set Of Stairs

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Jo Johannsen
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3 months ago

I don't trust those stairs.

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"I love to use the analogy with home buyers, do you take your car in for regular maintenance and yearly inspection? Your home is no different than your car," Brock said. "Your home needs the heating and air conditioning system serviced and maintained annually. Same with the roof, dryer vent, foundation, decks, water heater, fireplace, etc."

#6

Kids, Please Grab The Oven Glove For Me

Kids, Please Grab The Oven Glove For Me

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Daisyflame4901
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3 months ago

no, mommy. i'm scared.

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#7

Mother-In-Law Door

Mother-In-Law Door

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

As I remember from Saturday morning cartoons, "Watch out for the first step! It's a doozy!"

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#8

Interesting

Interesting

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Hans
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3 months ago

"Interesting" is really the first thing that comes to mind...

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If you want to prolong your home's lifespan, Brock advises having a professional tradesman, who you can build a long-term relationship with. "[Your home] is your investment and it needs to be protected (inspected, serviced, and maintained). There are several dozen homeowners who have Boston Home Inspectors at their home every 3 years to inspect the major items and components and give them a list of the next few things they should focus on.

For example, Brock said that in the next 3 years, some of these people will have the chimney pointed, repair some deteriorated wood and paint the weathered side of the house, fix the loose deck handrails and repair the leaning fence. "[Regular annual maintenance of the home and its items] gives the direction and what to focus on next."

#9

Seriously?? I Know You Said It Wasn’t Finished Yet

Seriously?? I Know You Said It Wasn’t Finished Yet

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Ty Stratton-Quirk
Community Member
3 months ago

That's impressive. It takes years of work to teach a house how to use stilts.

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#10

All Right, Put Back The Other Half Of The House

All Right, Put Back The Other Half Of The House

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giovanna
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3 months ago

I like it

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#11

With This Design You Can Multitask. Wash Dishes While You're On The Crapper

With This Design You Can Multitask. Wash Dishes While You're On The Crapper

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

I feel bad for the person (or people) who has (have) to live here.

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#12

This Was Sent To Me From Masong187!

This Was Sent To Me From Masong187!

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Hugo A-niro
Community Member
3 months ago

They should have put a hole in pipe lol

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While creating the Instagram page, Brock wanted it not to be a science book or manual, lecturing people on what they should or not should do, we get enough of that all day long, he said.

"I wanted a spot where people could go, relate to a picture as a homeowner, laugh, and say 'I'm glad that's not my house.' And at the end of the day, they can look at their own home ... and they can say 'At least my deck post is not sitting on a bolder.' Or 'At least my home doesn't look like that.'"

#13

Almost!

Almost!

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Daisyflame4901
Community Member
3 months ago

so close, yet so far

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#14

Found At Work Today!

Found At Work Today!

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

That disgusting thing trying to escape! What is it?

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#15

Now This Is A Basement We Can Party In!

Now This Is A Basement We Can Party In!

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Sum Guy
Community Member
3 months ago

This is impressive, mushrooms growing off the wall

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#16

Hmmmm

Hmmmm

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

We don't own a car.

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#17

Wavy Deck! Imagine A Couple Of Cocktails

Wavy Deck! Imagine A Couple Of Cocktails

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Jo Johannsen
Community Member
3 months ago

Seasick on dry(ish) land.

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#18

Children And Drunks Are On Their Own!

Children And Drunks Are On Their Own!

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Jaclyn
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

I'm not a clumsy person, but I guarantee I'd fall off that deck just right so I'd roll head first down those cement steps within the first hour of being anywhere near this.

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#19

Would Love To Chat With Who Came Second!!

Would Love To Chat With Who Came Second!!

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Raven Sheridan
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3 months ago

When plumbers and electricians don't get along.

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#20

Sometimes You Just Need A Little Edge!

Sometimes You Just Need A Little Edge!

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Hugo A-niro
Community Member
3 months ago

Scary

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#21

Almost!

Almost!

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Jo Johannsen
Community Member
3 months ago

So many times?! Why?

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#22

Kinda Close....for New Construction!

Kinda Close....for New Construction!

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Daisyflame4901
Community Member
3 months ago

close enough, said the builders

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#23

Dryer Lint. The Cremated Remains Of Missing Socks

Dryer Lint. The Cremated Remains Of Missing Socks

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Daisyflame4901
Community Member
3 months ago

may thou rest in peace forevermore

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#24

Remember When???

Remember When???

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Hugo A-niro
Community Member
3 months ago

Yeah it was cool

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#25

Timber!

Timber!

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Hans
Community Member
3 months ago

This makes me very uncomfortable.

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#26

Seen Something Cool At An Inspection

Seen Something Cool At An Inspection

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Daisyflame4901
Community Member
3 months ago

homemade is best

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#27

Day 3 Of 7! Mold Week

Day 3 Of 7! Mold Week

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Meike H
Community Member
3 months ago

Besides, floor looks brand new

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#28

Stairway To Nowhere

Stairway To Nowhere

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Jo Johannsen
Community Member
3 months ago

Wall 9¾.

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#29

Looks Like I’m Going To Have A ‘Fun-Gi’ Day! Ok I’ll Stick To Home Inspections And Leave The Comedy Alone

Looks Like I’m Going To Have A ‘Fun-Gi’ Day! Ok I’ll Stick To Home Inspections And Leave The Comedy Alone

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giovanna
Community Member
3 months ago

How do you get rid of this? Seriously asking.

Marcellus the Third
Community Member
3 months ago

First fix leaks (roof/wall/pipes), then consider ventilation and insulation (as condensation can do same; not this given standing water, but can be additional problem), then remove plaster/drywall & redo. Not a big deal, really, except that "fix leaks" may cost you more than a whole roof and trusses etc (or just a bit of pipework).

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CATMONSTER2018
Community Member
3 months ago

Is that actually Fungus or is it black mold?

Hans
Community Member
3 months ago

Black mold is a species of fungus. And this looks like it has grown deeply. Extreme health hazard, this house is uninhabitable.

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Jaclyn
Community Member
3 months ago

Burn it. Burn it all down.

Attila Ángyán
Community Member
3 months ago

I have a new build house and discovered almost the same behind my bed. What happened is, i like to sleep in cold (16-17 celsius) so i dont heat my bedroom. As i was breathing overnight, moisture was condesing on the walls and giving perfect home for mold. Sprayed salty water, sanded down, repaint and heating and drying out the room solved it within one week.

giovanna
Community Member
3 months ago

I've had the same prob in my bedroom. I too like to sleep in cold. Never had any probs for 10 years, but now some mold builds up around the window. I've tried specific products and repainted.. . Comes up again. I think it's because my bf moved in and now theres two of us breathing at night lol

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Mya Lugar
Community Member
3 months ago

That isnt't Mush of a Room?

Jods
Community Member
3 months ago

I lived like this for 2 years. It was an under dwelling (international readers please Google it!). Had a wardrobe that was placed near the wall, not right up against it, and all my clothes grew mould, shoes, boots and trainers in a cupboard were so mouldy some had to be thrown away. It was so cold in the bedroom even in summer that I had an electric blanket that I used to switch on half an hour before I went to bed so that I wouldn’t have to shiver myself to sleep. Ah, fun times.

Malgorzata Margo
Community Member
3 months ago

My work had something like this. I reported it. Then got fired.

MRS FLASHMAN
Community Member
3 months ago

I can't breathe just looking at this

Aly The Bisexual
Community Member
3 months ago

Get a match or a flamethrower

Laura Stenger
Community Member
2 months ago

Both? Dunno

Donna Reynolds
Community Member
2 months ago

Even the outlet is trying to run.

Jaybird3939
Community Member
3 months ago

Will you be there all week?

Peter Ledoux
Community Member
3 months ago

I hope you don't have to take the wall down.

Lynn Greene
Community Member
3 months ago

Mold is very dangerous and if you live in a moldy place, it can grow in your lungs. I knew a woman it happened to, she had medical proof and she couldn't walk because of the mold in her lungs.

Jill Tremblay
Community Member
3 months ago

Failed

Lynn Morello
Community Member
3 months ago

A bit of fuel and a source of ignition. And run

Cortney White
Community Member
3 months ago

I see figures of a mouse and rat standing upright shaking hands. I hadn't even noticed the mold spots! Wow, I need a vacation and maybe a brain scan!

Debbie Lavender
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3 months ago

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justanotherBoredpanda
Community Member
3 months ago

🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮

A Head
Community Member
3 months ago

We had an upstairs toile with a slow leak. By the time we discovered it, the space between floors was covered in mold. Had to tear out the bathroom, and the ceiling below for mold remediation. They sealed off the bathroom and built a plastic sheeting box in our living room, scrubbed everything down, and ran (really loud) industrial blowers that vented outside, 24 hours a day for about 10 days to dry everything out. then we had to rebuild the bathroom and fix the ceiling. It was a fun time that only cost about $8000!

kjorn
Community Member
3 months ago

just a good ol paint job and this will be like new right?

Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
3 months ago

You could prime it with Kilz, which kills mold but it wouldn’t be sanitary or safe.

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The weird one!
Community Member
3 months ago

ew noooo

Henny Hana
Community Member
3 months ago

I've seen this a lot. In horror games.

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#30

I Bet The Tree Will Win!

I Bet The Tree Will Win!

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Pixie
Community Member
3 months ago

Om Nom Nom

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#31

I Have No Idea???

I Have No Idea???

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Jo Johannsen
Community Member
3 months ago

Brick oven maybe?

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#32

Somebody Forgot To Change The Water Filter

Somebody Forgot To Change The Water Filter

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Jo Johannsen
Community Member
3 months ago

Gak!

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#33

Hope The Rock Doesn’t Move!

Hope The Rock Doesn’t Move!

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Jeremy
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3 months ago

Which rock?? lol

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#34

Who Left The Trx Out During The Home Inspection??

Who Left The Trx Out During The Home Inspection??

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

That's some kink.

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#35

More Water Is Going Up Than Down!

More Water Is Going Up Than Down!

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Jaclyn
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

This is a really easy fix. Just use some thread tape to make the seal on the joints tighter. I'm an amateur (as in complete novice) DIY gal and I just had to deal with this when attaching a new shower head. Took less than five minutes.

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#36

Found The Dryer Vent!

Found The Dryer Vent!

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Shelli Aderman
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3 months ago

🤦🏽‍♀️

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#37

Why Bother??

Why Bother??

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Hugo A-niro
Community Member
3 months ago

Odor stopper

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#38

Damn I Missed The Roof Party!

Damn I Missed The Roof Party!

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

It must have been a fun night.

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#39

Holy Duct! You Can’t Make This Stuff Up! Fire Waiting To Happen!

Holy Duct! You Can’t Make This Stuff Up! Fire Waiting To Happen!

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Kira Okah
Community Member
3 months ago

Impressive duct, certainly a fire hazard. Not sure where people are getting the "duct tape" idea though, no one mentioned duct tape.

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#40

When You Run Out Of Shims!

When You Run Out Of Shims!

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Jaclyn
Community Member
3 months ago

Nope. No thanks.

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