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Does Your Home Make Over Pass a Home Inspection?

Updated on May 7, 2015

Spend a few minutes perusing a home magazine or watching one of the DIY shows on television, and it is easy to get excited about a fun home remodel project. Whether it is upgrading your bath or kitchen with granite countertops, changing out appliances, painting or adding more storage space, you can always find a dozen plus ways to give your space a new look and perhaps make you wonder why that particular design approach was not taken in your home’s construction to begin with.

But, just because you want to change something doesn’t mean that the new look works for you, or that it is best for the house. Sometimes the reason that great home design idea wasn’t used, was because it would never pass a home inspection! While there are many upgrades and changes that can be made to a home that might look great, it doesn’t mean that they are all according to set home inspection standards. These standards are not put into practice to stifle creativity, but to protect you.

So, if you are considering doing some home makeovers this year, then consider carefully how you approach the job—especially if your knowledge is limited as to the best and right way to do the project. Here are some common mistakes people make that, more likely than not, will not pass a home inspection.

  • Cheap materials – It is understandable to want to save money, but don’t do it at the risk of hurting yourself or others. From roofing to carpet, and paint to siding, always choose the best quality you can afford. A home inspection will often make mention of these elements in their report.
  • Inaccurate measurement – The old adage is measure twice, cut once. Take the time to be sure you have the right size pieces and parts. And, if you don’t, then do not force a piece to work. This can affect the structural integrity – especially if the miss-measured piece is part foundation or support elements!
  • Prep work matters –While this may not take away from form and function, it can make a difference in resale value. A good home inspector will typically point out the areas where a job could have been done better.
  • Incorrect placement of lights, electrical outlets and vents – There are very specific standards about where these items should be placed and how they should be installed.

If you are considering a home upgrade, especially a significant one where walls may be removed or added or there will be new or reconfigured plumbing, HVAC elements or wiring done, then it is vital that you talk to someone who understands the codes set by the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). At AmeriSpec, it is our goal to see that your home doesn’t just look wonderful, but that it is safe. Asking a home inspection professional’s opinion before starting a job is a key way to avoid costly makeovers.

Many websites provide additional information on the topic of home inspections. One such site worth visiting is AmeriSpec Home Inspection.

Janet Slagell independently authors articles for, Inc. for search engine marketing. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those solely of the author, and not of any other person, company or organization. No guarantee or warranty, express or implied, is made regarding the accuracy, fitness, or use of the content herein.


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