One Seriously Jacked-Up Roof

Imagine you’d bought a home, and one day you went into the attic while chasing after a raccoon and–

What? No. I don’t know why you’re chasing a raccoon. Maybe it stole your sandwich.*

Anyway, you climb into the attic, wrestle the raccoon into submission, reclaim your sandwich, and then look over and see a tire jack holding your roof up. Wouldn’t you be a little upset? Even more so than you were about the sandwich?

This is why we have home inspectors. To inspect homes. For things like tire jacks and raccoon colonies.

You might think that you don’t need an inspector. You might say to yourself: “Self, I know how to tell if there’s something wrong with a house.”

But you’re probably wrong, because:

A: A good home inspector has the training and experience needed to identify hundreds of problems with a home’s structure, foundation, wiring, plumbing, ventilation, roofing, and other key components. Many of these problems are not obvious to the casual (or even business-casual) eye.


B: Home inspectors go into places like crawlspaces and attics, and spiders live in those places. Spiders.

We talked to over a dozen home inspectors, collected more than 200 images of common home inspection issues, and put that info into a neat little interactive home. It won’t make you a home inspection expert, but it will give you an idea of what to look for when touring a home. And hopefully it’ll help you realize how important a good inspection can be before you buy that home.

Don’t wait for a sandwich-stealing raccoon to show you the value of a home inspector. Check out our Interactive Home Inspection right now.

*It’s a roast beef sandwich. Unless you’re a vegan. Then it’s kelp or hay or something.

(Photo courtesy Gary Cornia & Cornia Consulting, LLC.)

  • OldTownHome

    The value of a good home inspector can't be overstated. As naive twenty somethings purchasing our first home just outside of DC, we had a home inspector who pointed out the obvious small fixes, but told us to ignore the bigger items. “What water stain? Oh, that one around the skylight? I wouldn't worry about it, it looks like it is old and try, just needs a little paint.” Three months later buckets were on our stairs and we needed a new skylight. Not to mention that he missed the ice damning, water damage, and the fact that the back wall of our house was so incredibly termite damaged that it was being held up by two 2x4s. Perhaps we should have seen it, but we didn't know what we were looking for. We had a much better inspector out several months after we bought our house. We paid for it out of pocket but wanted someone good to give our home the once over. His name was JD Grewell and we can't recommend him highly enough.

    Remember, if you have an inspector that misses everything, the most money you can get from them is the amount you paid for the home inspection. Our inspector was a recommendation from our agent. That's the last time I'll ever accept a referral from someone who's primary interest is in closing the deal as quickly as possible.