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.

More info: bhi.us | Instagram

#1

Found The Cool House In The Neighborhood!

Found The Cool House In The Neighborhood!

bostonhomeinspectors Report

MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
1 month ago

i wanna live there!

View More Replies...
View more comments

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!

bostonhomeinspectors Report

Benjamin tatham
Community Member
1 month ago

Is that your cat or just one you found in the walls ?

View More Replies...
View more comments
#3

When You Need Privacy!

When You Need Privacy!

bostonhomeinspectors Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

Privacy goes both ways.

View more comments

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!

bostonhomeinspectors Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

I guess some folks are exhibitionists.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#5

Just A Cool Set Of Stairs

Just A Cool Set Of Stairs

bostonhomeinspectors Report

Jo Johannsen
Community Member
1 month ago

I don't trust those stairs.

View More Replies...
View more comments

"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

bostonhomeinspectors Report

Jo Johannsen
Community Member
1 month ago

Why would someone be so stupid?

View More Replies...
View more comments
#7

Mother-In-Law Door

Mother-In-Law Door

bostonhomeinspectors Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#8

Interesting

Interesting

bostonhomeinspectors Report

Daisyflame4901
Community Member
1 month ago

pewpewpew

View More Replies...
View more comments

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

bostonhomeinspectors Report

Daisyflame4901
Community Member
1 month ago

at least they installed one window

View more comments
#10

All Right, Put Back The Other Half Of The House

All Right, Put Back The Other Half Of The House

bostonhomeinspectors Report

Hugo A-niro
Community Member
1 month ago

Cute

View more comments
#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

bostonhomeinspectors Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#12

This Was Sent To Me From Masong187!

This Was Sent To Me From Masong187!

bostonhomeinspectors Report

Hugo A-niro
Community Member
1 month ago

They should have put a hole in pipe lol

View More Replies...
View more comments

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!

bostonhomeinspectors Report

Daisyflame4901
Community Member
1 month ago

so close, yet so far

View More Replies...
View more comments
#14

Found At Work Today!

Found At Work Today!

bostonhomeinspectors Report

CATMONSTER2018
Community Member
1 month ago

"Barf"

View more comments
#15

Now This Is A Basement We Can Party In!

Now This Is A Basement We Can Party In!

bostonhomeinspectors Report

Daisyflame4901
Community Member
1 month ago

they are... specially designed lights. yes.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#16

Hmmmm

Hmmmm

bostonhomeinspectors Report

Truth Monster
Community Member
1 month ago

Probably converted to another room/office.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#17

Wavy Deck! Imagine A Couple Of Cocktails

Wavy Deck! Imagine A Couple Of Cocktails

bostonhomeinspectors Report

Jo Johannsen
Community Member
1 month ago

Seasick on dry(ish) land.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#18

Children And Drunks Are On Their Own!

Children And Drunks Are On Their Own!

bostonhomeinspectors Report

Daisyflame4901
Community Member
1 month ago

that is... not very nice

View more comments
#19

Would Love To Chat With Who Came Second!!

Would Love To Chat With Who Came Second!!

bostonhomeinspectors Report

Hugo A-niro
Community Member
1 month ago

Home of the tiny brain

View more comments
#20

Sometimes You Just Need A Little Edge!

Sometimes You Just Need A Little Edge!

bostonhomeinspectors Report

Benjamin tatham
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh god

View more comments
#21

Almost!

Almost!

bostonhomeinspectors Report

Jo Johannsen
Community Member
1 month ago

So many times?! Why?

M O'Connell
Community Member
1 month ago

Rather old homes were plumbed with the toilet f****e further from the wall than modern homes would be. Toilets with a deeper f****e-offset are available, but they are stupidly expensive compared to regular toilets. Installing a regular toilet on a deep-offset f****e results in a space behind the tank, and the bowl being further forward than it should be.

Load More Replies...
JessG
Community Member
1 month ago

But now when it's closed, people can peek in

Tabitha L
Community Member
1 month ago

They should at least put a door sweep in the hole so there is an illusion of privacy.

Load More Replies...
Tully Cloud
Community Member
1 month ago

WHEN YOU ARE SHITTING AND YOU'RE KID WANTS A SNACK....

El Dee
Community Member
1 month ago

Rehang the door in the other direction, easy..

Sarah Grape
Community Member
4 days ago

who designed that house and how long did it take the family to cut the edge off the door

Tammy Hawkins
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Throne for a King in a room for a Queen, she deserves it!

Colleen Garland
Community Member
2 weeks ago

So someone outside the door will see my hinny?

Donna Reynolds
Community Member
2 weeks ago

You had one job.

ERIN W.
Community Member
1 month ago

NOW STUPID IS THAT?!

backatya
Community Member
1 month ago

good craftsmanship

Barbara Vandewalle
Community Member
1 month ago

Kind of reminds' me of the public facility at a store when you have stand along side to open and close the door. About two inches from the door to front of the commode.

Tracy Wolfe
Community Member
1 month ago

Brilliant second thought.

Znaya
Community Member
1 month ago

Only measured once instead of twice before it was bolted in place

Amanda Scott
Community Member
1 month ago

Orrrrrrrr, you could install a bi-fold door?

dido74
Community Member
1 month ago

And when closed ... makes a great “peek-a-boo” hole for the doggies 🤪

Peter Ledoux
Community Member
1 month ago

Bet the job was done by the owners.

Suzanne Gannon
Community Member
1 month ago

My apartment in Tel Aviv had this situation. You kinda get used to it.

Steven Meyer
Community Member
1 month ago

What do you have to do is go from a 30 door down to a 28 door, that would fit

BluEyedSeoulite
Community Member
1 month ago

The last owner of my apartment replaced the toilet. They must not have thought about the size because the door wouldn't open more than 30%. I have no idea how they used it. We took the door off. It is a double door bathroom, with the toilet in its own little closet. I don't get why they didn't just rehang the door but we are renting so can't do any repairs

Mya Lugar
Community Member
1 month ago

Take a bite out..a crime!

grey galah
Community Member
1 month ago

I had a unit like that. Had to close the door to use the shower and toilet.

Kate Priestley
Community Member
1 month ago

That's actually quite good - and someone can pass you another loo roll through the door if you run out.

Joan Humphreys
Community Member
1 month ago

Perfect situation for use of a pocket door.

Night Owl
Community Member
1 month ago

This comment has been deleted.

Hugo A-niro
Community Member
1 month ago

How do you use it?

Dark_flame
Community Member
1 month ago

With the door closed, presumably

Load More Replies...
View More Replies...
View more comments
See Also on Bored Panda
#22

Kinda Close....for New Construction!

Kinda Close....for New Construction!

bostonhomeinspectors Report

Hugo A-niro
Community Member
1 month ago

Wonder what they are holding up

View More Replies...
View more comments
See Also on Bored Panda
#23

Dryer Lint. The Cremated Remains Of Missing Socks

Dryer Lint. The Cremated Remains Of Missing Socks

bostonhomeinspectors Report

Daisyflame4901
Community Member
1 month ago

may thou rest in peace forevermore

View More Replies...
View more comments
#24

Remember When???

Remember When???

bostonhomeinspectors Report

Truth Monster
Community Member
1 month ago

This is in case someone falls

View More Replies...
View more comments
#25

Timber!

Timber!

bostonhomeinspectors Report

Jo Johannsen
Community Member
1 month ago

Geronimo!!!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#26

Seen Something Cool At An Inspection

Seen Something Cool At An Inspection

bostonhomeinspectors Report

Jo Johannsen
Community Member
1 month ago

Now there's some hot licks.

View more comments
#27

Day 3 Of 7! Mold Week

Day 3 Of 7! Mold Week

bostonhomeinspectors Report

Sol Connor
Community Member
1 month ago

That’s a new one - impressive!

View more comments
#28

Stairway To Nowhere

Stairway To Nowhere

bostonhomeinspectors Report

Jo Johannsen
Community Member
1 month ago

Wall 9¾.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#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

bostonhomeinspectors Report

CATMONSTER2018
Community Member
1 month ago

Is that actually Fungus or is it black mold?

View More Replies...
View more comments
#30

I Bet The Tree Will Win!

I Bet The Tree Will Win!

bostonhomeinspectors Report

Daisyflame4901
Community Member
1 month ago

me too!

View more comments
#31

I Have No Idea???

I Have No Idea???

bostonhomeinspectors Report

Jo Johannsen
Community Member
1 month ago

Brick oven maybe?

View More Replies...
View more comments
#32

Somebody Forgot To Change The Water Filter

Somebody Forgot To Change The Water Filter

bostonhomeinspectors Report

Jo Johannsen
Community Member
1 month ago

Gak!

View more comments
See Also on Bored Panda
#33

Hope The Rock Doesn’t Move!

Hope The Rock Doesn’t Move!

bostonhomeinspectors Report

Daisyflame4901
Community Member
1 month ago

or it's goodbye

View more comments
#34

Who Left The Trx Out During The Home Inspection??

Who Left The Trx Out During The Home Inspection??

bostonhomeinspectors Report

CATMONSTER2018
Community Member
1 month ago

May I ask what this is?

View More Replies...
View more comments
#35

More Water Is Going Up Than Down!

More Water Is Going Up Than Down!

bostonhomeinspectors Report

Cip IESAN
Community Member
1 month ago

No! All the water is going down, because of gravity!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#36

Found The Dryer Vent!

Found The Dryer Vent!

bostonhomeinspectors Report

Shelli Aderman
Community Member
1 month ago

🤦🏽‍♀️

View More Replies...
View more comments
#37

Why Bother??

Why Bother??

bostonhomeinspectors Report

Truth Monster
Community Member
1 month ago

Is it a toilet/shower combo?

View More Replies...
View more comments
#38

Damn I Missed The Roof Party!

Damn I Missed The Roof Party!

bostonhomeinspectors Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

It must have been a fun night.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#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!

bostonhomeinspectors Report

Toujin C'Thlu
Community Member
1 month ago

Black market laundromat?

View More Replies...
View more comments
#40

When You Run Out Of Shims!

When You Run Out Of Shims!

bostonhomeinspectors Report

Daisyflame4901
Community Member
1 month ago

DIY at it's finest

View more comments

Note: this post originally had 150 images. It’s been shortened to the top 40 images based on user votes.