What happens when two classic British brands meet? They give birth to the world’s most famous secret agent driving the world’s most famous car, of course! The cooperation between the James Bond TV franchise and Aston Martin, the notorious car manufacturer, has added substantial value to both sides.
The Famous Aston Martin DB5 Wasn’t Always Famous
Everyone knows that the DB5 is 007’s preferred means of classy transportation. The car first appeared in Goldfinger, the 1964 Bond movie, and although it’s all the rage these days, that wasn’t always the case. Aston Martin produced less than 900 original DB5s between ‘63 and ‘65, but it wasn’t until the last two decades that the market value of Bond’s car really skyrocketed. In the early 2000s, you’d have had to pay around $100,000 to get your hands on one of these babies, while in 2020, you’ll have to kiss $1 million goodbye to get it. Some have even paid as high as $6.4 million.
Now, if that seems a bit too pricey for you for a 55+ year-old car, Aston Martin offers to build you a brand new DB5 for just $3.5 million.
The New Old DB5 Goldfinger Continuation Model
While they’ve kept the original design and vintage feel, you still get a brand new ride full of working gadgets! Yep, this Aston Martin is packed with the original Bond gadgets: an oil slick delivery system, sophisticated smoke machines, removable passenger seat roof panel (a simulated eject seat), revolving license plate, an actual bullet-resistant rear shield, simulated front machine guns, a gear knob actuator button (the famous red one), a telephone, a radar screen tracker map, and a center console-mounted switchgear, just to name a few.
Only 25 models are being produced as we speak, so it’s safe to say this jewelry will belong to only a few very lucky folks. The DB5 Goldfinger continuation car is the second most expensive production car in the world (the first one being an Aston Martin as well).
However, the DB5 is not road legal, so those 25 fellas will have to resolve to try out the gadgets in their driveways. Or, if they do go on the road, they can make use of the rotating license plates…
Believe it or not, some people don’t do a walkthrough of a residence before buying it and moving in. Here are some examples of people that definitely wished they had done a walkthrough before they moved into their home!
Without Even Touching It
We’re not sure how to tell if a bathroom mirror might just shatter on you out of nowhere, but that’s the good thing about having a professional check out a home. They might notice something the rest of us wouldn’t. Either way, we can’t imagine that anyone would be happy to find this disaster.
Remember when we talked about opening everything you an open when doing a walkthrough of a home? This is another example of why you should do that. Because if you do that, you might discover hazards such as this one. It isn’t terribly dangerous, but it would be annoying.
It would be a real problem because the landlord or seller might be able to blame you for the destruction since you would have been the one that opens the door. Either way, definitely a terrible home design that a walkthrough would have tipped someone off to.
When the Pipes Burst
There’s a chance for pipes to burst in every home, but this guy wasn’t in his new house for very long before a huge problem like this occurred. Maybe an inspector would have noticed that the pipes were in bad shape prior to moving in?
Either way, this problem may have been noticed if a walkthrough of some sort was performed before the new resident moved in. You should never sign anything until you know what exactly you’re getting yourself into!
From Top to Bottom
Falling partially through a ceiling is one thing, but falling all the way through and coming out the other side doesn’t happen very often. A walkthrough of the house by a professional might have helped catch whatever structural issue was at play here.
At least the new homeowner ended up being alright, but we would be pretty ticked if we now had a hole in our ceiling and presumably the floor. It costs a lot of money to fix something like that, not to mention a whole lot of work.
Seems Like Something Isn’t Working
A walkthrough of a home would probably reveal whether or not the air conditioner is in working order before you move in. Otherwise, you may end up with one that doesn’t work. That’s not such a big deal, unless you live somewhere that is excessively hot.
If it’s hot enough in your house to melt candles, that’s definitely a big problem. For one, it almost seems dangerous for it to be that hot. You’d probably want to know about a problem such as this before you move into your new place.
Not Up to Code
It’s easy to assume that your house will be functional when you move in, because most houses are. But you probably shouldn’t assume, lest you end up in a situation like this one — where it turns out your walls weren’t constructed quite up to code.
Maybe a home inspector would have caught something like this, but how would you even know that the wall is going to be compromised like that? Would there even be any telltale giveaway signs? Either way, a walkthrough may have picked up on this problem.
The Dangers of Bad Building
When a home is not built to code, there’s a lot of potential for harm. You never know what kind of terrible tragedy could befall you under those circumstances. In the case of this guy, his whole roof caved in because of the massive amount of snow that landed on it.
Thankfully, it seems like he wasn’t in there when that happened, or he could have been seriously hurt. A walkthrough probably wouldn’t have caught this, but a home inspector may have picked up on it.
An Accident Waiting to Happen
With the exception of serious natural disasters, walls should not buckle like this. If you came home one day and found your wall like this, chances are there was something wrong with the way the all was constructed — something only a home inspector would catch.
Needless to say, this guy probably would have appreciated having a home inspector check his house before something like this happened. After all, repairing damage like this would probably be expensive and annoying!
Someone Really Missed the Mark
As we’ve mentioned previously, getting a home inspector is not exactly inexpensive. But, at least they know what to check in your home before you move in. For instance, they might have noticed that there were no wires in this outlet!
Seriously, who missed something as obvious as that when this house was being built? This guy was probably pretty annoyed to discover this anomaly in his home after he moved in. After all, electricians aren’t cheap either!
What You Don’t Know Does Hurt You
Would you rent an apartment if you knew before doing so that the toilet was in the kitchen? We figure that most people probably wouldn’t if they had a choice in the matter. This is why it always pays to do a walkthrough of a place before you pay for it!
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.
Of course, we’re not exactly sure how an inspector would note that your ceiling isn’t in the best of shape, but they would probably notice, right? At least they might notice before anyone falls through the ceiling.