Santa Won’t Be Visiting These Homes: Home Inspector Nightmares, Holiday Edition
Santa's got a big job, and these homeowners made it a heck of a lot tougher.
Santa lost his boot
No, this isn’t a trash can. I think a good chimney cleaning is in order. Check out these funny (and heartwarming) stories of kids meeting Santa.
Pillars of the earth
Lots of bad bricks here that a little tuckpointing may have prevented. At least it matches the rest of the chimney.
It’s cracked like the Liberty Bell. This cracked chimney liner needs to be repaired to prevent a chimney fire! Check out these hilarious and wacky holiday gifts people really received.
Brick work gone bad
Some repairs are so neat and well-executed that you barely even notice them. Not this one, though.
Let me count the ways…broken chimney cap, missing mortar and bricks, all that’s gonna cause a few leaks. This chimney needs some major repairs.
Toboggan ice-dam solution
Granted, this is quite a clever setup. But it seems like it might be less work to just fix the ice-dam problem! This odd fix is right up there with these 25 funny and relatable Christmas family photos.
Walking in a winter wonderland
If only the squirrels living in the soffits would quit using this vent to drain their bathwater…I guess they just don’t understand ice dams.
Grow your own hardware cloth
Keeping rodents out of your chimney is important. But there are actually store-bought solutions for adding chimney caps that work better. Here are some more photos of home improvement fails that will make you cringe.
Water runs uphill, right?
If so, the shingles are upside down. Gutters and downspouts are generally at the bottom of eaves.
Some people should skip the hand-framing and stick with roof trusses. That way you don’t need to be a skilled carpenter. For some more eye-popping holiday photos, check out these outrageous Christmas house lights from all over the world.
The Three Stooges
Apparently, there was one shingle from the old roof that just had some sentimental value. But eventually, this homeowner will have to give up on sentiments and replace the shingle.
I know every time I want to start a fire in the fireplace, I check the chimney cap to see if it’s OK. Maybe the flue should get inspected. Laugh your way through the holiday season with these
Patchwork quilt for houses
Maybe the shingles spell out a cry for help to passing airplanes? I think this fella is just collecting all the leftover shingles from his roofing contractor buddies. Perhaps it’s time for a roof tear-off.
Getting set up for a green roof?
More likely this is to keep the roof from burning in a wildfire. We guess it would be better than nothing. Here are some more helpful things firefighters wish you knew about preventing home fires.
Is this foam the fireproof kind?
Architectural detailing for the ages
Here’s proof. The cool thing about installing shingles is that any dummy can do it—but there is a right way to do it!
Dual exhaust downspouts
This is another case of pretty poor planning. The garage furnace flue was cut in before figuring out clearance issues with the gutters. But aren’t those downspouts perfect?
Larry Bird’s boyhood home
After bouncing the basketball off the roof for five years, I guess mom and dad finally agreed to get junior a backboard. Time to re-shingle this roof! To make your home stand out at Christmastime, take a look at these wacky inflatables your neighbors might not like.
Bad roof design
Hmm, hope the gutters work. Maybe whoever constructed this roof tried making some kind of artistic architectural statement. What’s sure is that a roof slanted towards a vertical wall will never work no matter how creative you get with a gutter system.
Beam through chimney
Yup, that’s a beam going right through a chimney. We’re guessing/hoping the chimney isn’t in use anymore. You’d never find something like this inside the most expensive home in your state.
Dryer duct gutter
Who are they fooling with this fix? It’s admirable that they went to the trouble of painting a dryer vent the same color as the other gutters but you have to figure someone would see it. It is an unusual spot in the roof but this cheap fix isn’t the right solution.
Maybe this is the start of a new “Kilroy Was Here” tag. Next, get a look at some hilarious photos of real Christmas decorating fails.