12 House Fails That Could Ruin a Sale

    When you’re looking for a home, you probably have a couple of lists in your head: the must-haves, the nice-to-haves, and the absolute deal-breakers.

    Unfortunately, most of the places on this list fall into that third category, unless, of course, you’re handy or have a big budget for repairs.

    Check out these strange but hilarious home fails that would definitely have you looking elsewhere.

    1. A tree grows in… the driveway

    Apparently they all drive motorcycles… #housefail #fail #garages #oops

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    Perhaps if you’re exceptional at parallel parking you could make this work. Otherwise, you’ll probably need to contact an arborist or tree surgeon before you can park in the garage. Unless you have a motorcycle as the caption suggests — then you’re all set!

    2. What is this house trying to say?

    #designfail #housefail #fail #foundinthecity #architecturefail

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    When your house resemble an emoji, chances are you’re going to get a lot of drive-bys as people attempt to figure out which emotion your home is trying to convey. Your guess is as good as ours!

    3. Terrace, anyone?

    Sliding door with no porch on third floor! #HouseFail

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    Forget baby-proofing, this sliding glass door needs to be everyone-proofed. When the homeowners or Realtor® tell you to watch your step, you’d better take them seriously! It’s hard to imagine a balcony here, but on a more positive note, that mansard roof was probably lovely in its heyday.

    4. Cock-eyed toilet

    There’s nothing “regular” about this bathroom. Looks like someone installed this in a real hurry. (We’d hate to see how things would end up if they put in a bidet.) If nothing else, this would definitely be an interesting conversation-starter.

    5. Tight squeeze

    Spot the problem with this room! #fail #onejob #youhadonejob #1job #housefail #staircase

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    Even the slimmest homeowner would have trouble shimmying between the post and the wall to climb those stairs. This definitely seems like poor planning on someone’s part.

    6. Jump the curb

    "Je t'assure chéri, cette maison est bien construite " #housefail #epicfail #fail #maison #house #bordeaux

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    More garage trouble! Unless your car can levitate like something out of The Jetsons or go airborne a la The Dukes of Hazard, you’re going to have a devil of a time parking it inside. This caption, which translated to English reads: “I assure you, dear, this house is well-built,” makes you wonder what else about the home is a little screwy. We’re guessing this is no one-off.

    7. Who needs privacy?

    This is taking the "open floor plan" idea a little too far for me. #bathroom #housefail

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    There’s so much odd stuff going on here, where do you even begin? First of all, where are the walls? Surely, this must’ve been a separate bathroom at some point. It feels like it’s time to enclose this space once again. Secondly, with so much area, why is the toilet right up against the shower? Third, sure humidity can be an issue, but are two ceiling fans in such close proximity really necessary?

    8. When home styles collide

    Most homeowners want their addition to blend seamlessly with the rest of the architecture. Not these folks! But the question we keep coming back to is: Which part came first, the tudor or the cape?

    9. Color explosion

    Proving that a paint job can make or break your home’s appearance, this place could benefit from a solid makeover. Choosing the perfect paint color is challenging, and it sure looks like this homeowner struggled with committing to a single shade. Still, picking one and sticking with it is probably the best way to go.

    10. More than a few missing links

    You can keep the gate locked and closed but without the rest of the fence, what’s the point? Perhaps the homeowner has a great sense of humor and wants to attract guests drawn to irony.

    11. Indoor/outdoor shower

    With shower heads readily available, there’s no reason to resort to the garden hose! If this homeowner is willing to do such a cheap and quick repair, we wonder what other shortcuts are lurking within these walls? Probably best not to find out.

    12. Bathroom off the kitchen — literally

    Nothing like lounging in a warm tub immediately after eating, is there? This set-up takes convenience to new heights. Still, placing a wall between this large tub and the dining room table would probably make everyone feel a lot more comfortable, especially when it’s time to host Thanksgiving dinner.

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