Surprisingly, there are individuals who do not inspect a property before purchasing and occupying it. This may be due to either their lack of concern or certain unavoidable circumstances. Nonetheless, not conducting a walkthrough deprives them of identifying any issues that the home may have, leaving them helpless once they have already signed the papers and moved in. Here are some instances where individuals regretted not inspecting the residence before moving in.
Without Even Touching It
We don’t know how to determine if a bathroom mirror could break unexpectedly. However, it’s beneficial to have an expert inspect the house because they can identify any potential issues that we might miss.
We cannot envision anyone being delighted to enter the bathroom someday and discover that their mirror has broken without any apparent cause. Besides, how could they have missed the sound?
Do you recall our conversation about thoroughly inspecting a house by opening every accessible thing during a walkthrough? Well, this incident serves as a further illustration of why that process is necessary. By doing so, you may stumble upon potential hazards like this one. Although not extremely harmful, it can still cause inconvenience.
The situation can turn into a serious issue as the responsibility for the damage may fall on you as the one who opened the door, whether you are a tenant or a buyer. Undoubtedly, a thorough inspection of the property, like a walkthrough, could have revealed the flawed home design.
When the Pipes Burst
In any household, there is always a possibility of pipes bursting. However, this person faced a major issue of bursting pipes in their new home shortly after moving in. It makes me wonder if a professional inspector would have identified the poor condition of the pipes before they moved in.
In any case, an issue like this could have been avoided if a thorough inspection or tour was conducted prior to the arrival of the new tenant. It is important to fully understand the situation before committing to any agreement or signing any document.
From Top to Bottom
Partially falling through a ceiling is not uncommon, but complete falling through and exiting on the other end is a rare occurrence. If a professional had inspected the house thoroughly, any potential structural problems could have been identified beforehand.
Although the new homeowner didn’t suffer any harm, we would have been extremely angry if we had a hole in our ceiling and possibly in the floor. Fixing something like that requires significant expenses as well as a lot of effort.
Seems Like Something Isn’t Working
It’s likely that inspecting the home thoroughly before moving in can determine the functionality of the air conditioning system. Otherwise, you may acquire one that is defective, which isn’t a major inconvenience unless you reside in an extremely hot location.
It would be a significant issue if the temperature in your home was high enough to cause candles to melt. Such a scenario seems precarious, and it would be prudent to address such concerns before occupying the residence.
Not Up to Code
One might think that their newly acquired house will be fully functional, as it is the case with most houses. However, it is advisable not to presume, as you may encounter a similar situation where your house’s walls were not constructed as per the standards.
It’s possible that a home inspector could have identified this issue, but it’s difficult to detect whether the wall would be affected. There may not even be any obvious signs of damage. However, if there had been a visual inspection, the problem could have been detected during a walkthrough.
The Dangers of Bad Building
If a house is not constructed according to the established standards, it can pose a significant risk. Unexpected unfortunate incidents can happen. For instance, this man’s roof collapsed due to an excessive amount of snowfall due to non-compliance of building regulations.
Fortunately, it appears that he was not present at the time of the incident; otherwise, he could have sustained severe injuries. Although a simple walkthrough would not have detected the issue, a home inspector might have noticed it.
An Accident Waiting to Happen
Unless there was a major natural calamity, walls should not warp in this manner. If one were to observe their wall in this condition, it is probable that there existed a flaw in the construction, and it would only be detected by a home inspector.
Undoubtedly, this man would have likely welcomed a professional home inspection prior to experiencing such an incident. Taking into account that repairing such substantial damage would undoubtedly be costly and bothersome.
Someone Really Missed the Mark
As previously stated, hiring a home inspector can be costly; however, they possess the knowledge of what areas of your home to inspect before you reside in it. For example, they may have observed the absence of wires in this particular outlet.
I wonder how the builders overlooked such a glaring mistake in the construction of this house. The occupant must have been quite upset to discover this problem after moving in, especially since hiring an electrician can be costly.
What You Don’t Know Does Hurt You
If you were aware beforehand that the toilet was placed in the kitchen, would you still consider renting the apartment? It is likely that most individuals would not prefer such a situation. Hence, it is advisable to inspect the apartment before making any payment to avoid regretful situations.
Of course, maybe the guy in question here should have more carefully examined the floor plan of the apartment he was renting, because if he had, maybe he would have noticed this. It’s just so unsanitary!
The Least of Your Problems
If the floor to the bathroom is in such obvious disrepair as put on display here, then you should probably assume that something about it isn’t quite right. Even so, you probably wouldn’t expect the sink to just fall right off the wall like this.
Would a walkthrough have tipped this person off to the defunct state of the sink? Maybe… maybe not, but he or she probably would have thought twice about renting this place if they had seen what this bathroom looked like.
How Was This Approved?
We have seen electrical outlets placed in many weird places in our lives, but never have we seen one that was literally inside the sink. That’s about as hazardous of a location as you can possibly put one of these, and we have no idea how no one building the house noticed that.
Talk about a serious health hazard. We have to admit, if we did a walkthrough of any residence and saw something like this, that place would be taken off of our list of potential homes right away, because who knows what else is wrong in that place?
Not the Sturdiest Shelves
When you have something you plan on using to hold a bunch of other objects, you want it to be sturdy. That’s kind of a very important part of the design philosophy. Of course, that doesn’t mean that you always get what you want. These shelves clearly weren’t built to hold the weight they were intended to.
Of course, you usually can’t tell that a piece of furniture is going to fall apart just by looking at it, but who knows? Maybe this resident would have noticed that it was a bit flimsy if they had done a walkthrough of the home before move-in.
You’ve Been Bamboozled
The bad thing about not doing a walkthrough of a home before buying or renting is that you can’t really complain about things like this if you’ve already signed papers. After all, it would be your fault for not knowing what you were getting into and agreeing to it anyway.
That said, we would expect anyone to be upset about this. We’re just not sure how much they’d actually be able to do about it since they already signed.
The Future of Bathroom Design
We’ve seen a lot of toilets that aren’t even placed in a bathroom, so this setup isn’t the worst we’ve ever seen, but the idea of two bathrooms with a missing wall between them still strikes us as very undesirable. Whoever this buyer was must not have looked at the floor plan very hard.
We suppose it’s technically spacious, but that’s really not saying much when you only get that space because everything is laid out in such a strange manner. Sure would be awkward if two people had to go at once…
Math Wasn’t Their Strong Suit
This is why you should always do a walkthrough of a potential home or apartment, and why you should check all of the appliances as well. It’s well and good until you find out that you can’t even use one of the appliances due to terrible placement.
And sure — it’s probably not terribly difficult to relocate a microwave, but why pay for something like that when you can just rent or buy a place that doesn’t have this kind of problem to begin with? That sounds like a better option to us.
Wrong on Every Level
There are plenty of examples of water sources being placed dangerously close to electrical outlets, but this one is especially weird since the faucet for this hose is indoors. Why would you ever need a hose indoors?
Technically, it’s not like this ruins the house, because you don’t have to use the faucet if you don’t want to. But at the same time, if you did a walkthrough of a house and saw something like this, would you really feel inclined to move into that space?
The Worst Placement Possible
There’s pretty much nothing redeemable about this. Of all the places to put a tub, this is probably one of the worst we have ever seen. Admittedly, though, we’re not sure if an inspector could call it out for being against any rules.
Obviously, it’s in a bad spot, but is it violating any regulations? We’re not sure. Still, even a casual walkthrough by the buyer probably would have sufficed in putting them off from buying or renting this place, all things considered.
Wrong, But Not Illegal
Home inspectors exist to tell you when things in your house aren’t quite up to code, so there’s not necessarily a lot they could do about something that is messed up, but not quite illegal. For instance, there’s probably no violation happening here.
But, at the very least, the inspector could have mentioned that you had a toilet in your kitchen closet. We suppose a walkthrough would have been helpful here as well, because the placement of this toilet — well, it’d stop anyone in their tracks.
One Must Go Before the Other
There sure have been many examples of toilets being installed improperly on this list, haven’t there? We don’t know why people have so many problems installing them. Now, this toilet, based on the handle, is probably not in a home. But, it may have been in an apartment.
Regardless of where it is, we don’t know how someone failed to notice the problem with the location of this lid and the handle. Whatever inspector was in charge of where this toilet was placed should have caught this and been very upset.
All the Small Things
They say you shouldn’t sweat the small stuff, but because the small stuff should be fairly easy to get right, it’s all the more infuriating when they’re messed up, don’t you think? How hard can it be to correctly place a doorstop, right?
By the end of this list, we believe our point will be driven home — always do a walkthrough and look for annoying, troublesome things like this. Even if you still buy or rent, maybe you can convince the seller or landlord to fix these issues first!
Requiring a Reacharound
Having to reach out of the shower to get something is already annoying, but imagine having to do so just to change the temperature or turn the water off. Not only is that inconvenient, but it seems like it would be pretty darn messy as well.
Of course, there’s probably not much an inspector could have done to fix this, but a walkthrough would have at least tipped someone off regarding the utterly stupid placement of these shower knobs, and that could have influenced their decision.
Can’t Get the Spacing Right
You may be wondering what exactly you’re looking at here — yes, that’s a fan blade that has dug right into the wall, because someone has no idea how to space things properly. Noticing that in a walkthrough probably would have changed some minds about purchasing.
It also goes to show that most walls in apartments aren’t really that sturdy and that the outermost layer is mostly for aesthetics. That’s obvious enough, considering the damage a mere ceiling fan can do under the right circumstances.
The Secret Door
Have you ever wondered what exactly was going through someone’s head when they laid out the floor plan for a house? How exactly do you end up in a situation where you have an inaccessible door in your home like this? Who could have possibly missed this little issue?
Sure, it’s not like the existence of this door is ruining anything, but it sure does look kind of dumb. At the same time, it would probably be great if you had young kids — imagine all the crazy stories about it you could spin!
That Definitely Seems Dangerous
There are some apartments out there that are truly terrible. But, at least most of them don’t collapse on you. This one was built so badly that the ceiling is falling apart, with a piece of timber being used to hold it together.
The worst part is, the landlord probably wouldn’t be terribly quick about fixing it even though it’s ultra-serious. Are you even able to get an inspector for an apartment before you move in? Can you do that? Because you should.
When You Have to Make it Work
Here’s a good example of why you can’t trust floor plans alone. You could look at a floor plan, but it wouldn’t show you the utterly ridiculous placement of this bed. Everything would probably look normal on paper. That’s why it pays to do a walkthrough and see things with your own eyes!
Really, though, why is this even set up in such a fashion? There doesn’t seem to be a particularly valid reason for things to be like this. If there is one, however, we have to admit that this would be a decently clever solution to things.
Clever Solutions to Unnecessary Problems
Most people view cleverness as a good thing, but you know what’s even better? When you don’t need to be clever in the first place. If this toilet had just been situated properly, something like this wouldn’t have been required, to begin with.
Doing a walkthrough would have been a good idea here. At least then, the resident would have noticed that the door wasn’t able to close without hitting the toilet.
A Solution That Doesn’t Even Work
You wouldn’t want a problem such as this in the first place — nobody wants their toilet to be in the main living space. Still, if you wanted to have privacy regardless, it wouldn’t do a whole lot of good to have an incomplete transparent partition, would it?
We can’t think of too many people who would choose to rent or buy this place if they had seen how this living space and toilet were laid out. It kind of sucks, because otherwise, the whole thing would actually look kind of nice.
Who Allowed This One?
This house isn’t necessarily failing to meet code, but it does still look kind of dumb, and a walkthrough might have influenced this OP’s decision. Who just sliced this door and wall in half?
It really does look like there was once a full wall right there, and instead of knocking the whole thing down, they just decided to cut it in two. It looks hideous and ridiculous, and it’s crazy that it even came about.
The Smallest of Irritants
Obviously, something like a misaligned cooking top is not the end of the world. But, it sure is super annoying to look at — and like many small problems, it seems like there shouldn’t be any reason for something this minor to happen in the first place.
Even during a walkthrough, you wouldn’t catch this unless you turned on the stovetop, but there would be a chance of catching it. Or perhaps the landlord or seller would at least be forced to tell you about it before you rent or buy.
Why Did it Have to Be This Way?
When you’re looking at this image, you might ask yourself why things had to be like this. We don’t really get it either. Did the pipes have to be shaped like that? Did the heater have to be placed where it is? It seems like a little bit of moving around would have solved the problem.
It’s totally in the way of that corner space, so if we had seen that during a walkthrough, it definitely would have factored in our decision to not purchase or rent that place. It just looks stupid and inefficient.
A Few Degrees Off
If you were buying a place that was fancy enough to have a chandelier in the first place, you wouldn’t expect to run into a dumb problem like this one. Who on Earth failed to notice a problem as huge as this one before the house was finished being built?
Or did they just ignore it? One way or another, this would have definitely been a turnoff for anyone doing a walkthrough. It could be fixed, of course, but it would probably cost a lot of money. So, why not just choose a better residence in the first place.
Sitting Diagnolly Forevermore
Speaking of toilets, here’s yet another example of one being situated as stupidly as possible. This one does actually appear to be in a home. though, which actually makes it all the worse. Imagine how you would have to sit on this toilet to actually use it.
Just a little to the side would have definitely solved this issue to start with. Anyone who had done a walkthrough of this place and noticed this kind of issue would have almost definitely turned someone away. A throne like that is not fit for anyone!
Why Would This See the Light?
When you do a walkthrough of a home or apartment, you should open everything you can possibly open — all doors, appliances, and cabinets. That’s the only way you can find out which of those actually functions as they should.
Because if you don’t do that, you won’t know about issues such as this. So, even if you do a general walkthrough, it only pays if you check on almost everything in the house or the apartment. Don’t get swindled into having useless shelves!
All the Wrong Curvature
You’d think it would be pretty easy to aim your sink at the basin of that sink, but whoever worked on this bathroom sink clearly didn’t know how to make it work — which is a little sad since it shouldn’t be that complicated.
Even a casual walkthrough would have revealed the stupidity of this setup because you can tell just by looking at it. Unfortunately for this guy, he either chose not to do a walkthrough or didn’t have the capability to do so.
A Life and Death Shower
Seriously — why are there so many electric outlets placed dangerously close to showers, sinks, and hoses? How many people building houses out there aren’t aware of how dangerous this is? It’s not exactly rocket science, you know?
We suppose this outlet is actually placed in a relatively safer way than some of the ones we have seen before, but that hardly makes things any better. It just shouldn’t have been that close in the first place, and a resident is likely unhappy about it.
Where Does it Lead and Why?
If you did a walkthrough of a home before buying it and came across something like this, would you still buy it? Maybe it’s supposed to be an interpretative art piece or something, but it really just looks like a poorly conceived staircase.
We suppose the only thing it is doing is getting in the way of free space, but it would be enough of a turn-off for us if we saw this in a walkthrough before buying or renting.
Look Before You Sign
Speaking of terrible apartments, no matter how desperate you are, you should always look at the place you might be paying for before you decide to do so. Otherwise, you may end up in a situation like this, with unidentified mushrooms growing in the bedroom.
Those mushrooms probably aren’t dangerous (as long as you don’t eat them), but would anyone be comfortable moving into a new place with strange fungi growing in it? That certainly wouldn’t be us.
Would Have Said No Otherwise
Most people would expect a new home that they are moving into to be pretty clean. But, you should never make that assumption. Doing a walkthrough before you move in would give you the chance to catch something this disgusting before you sign any papers.
Because after all, would you really want to move into a home that had all of this hiding around in corners and crannies? Just about anyone would be put off by something as disgusting as this horde of dead bugs.
A Different Type of Ceiling Décor
We understand that getting someone to inspect your home can be expensive, but it pays to do so before doing a move-in. Why? Because if you did, you might actually be able to catch things like this before they become a real problem.
It’s not entirely clear how an inspector would observe that your ceiling is not in good condition, but it’s possible they could notice it before any accidents occur, right?