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What to do when you fail an inspection
Paragon C&D Builders / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 • Posted February 10, 2009 10:00 PM

If you are doing any kind of structural remodeling work, chances are you will need a permit and an inspection. The inspection helps to ensure that the work you do on your house meets certain codes and specifications. These are in place to make sure your home is safe against electrical, fire, and plumbing hazards, and to make sure you are protected from the elements and any kind of infestation.

Passing the inspection is important; if you don't, the structure can't be legally occupied and you will have to make the necessary changes, particularly if you want to sell your home in the future. In the event that you failed an inspection, don't panic.

The following are some tips on what to do when you fail an inspection:

1) Understand exactly why. If you don't pass the inspection, make sure you understand every reason why you did not pass. This is crucial because you will have to make the necessary changes for the next inspection. Most cities will start to charge hefty fees if you fail more than once, so make sure you know what exactly it is you need to do in order to pass the inspection the second time around.

2) Find out how long you have. Ask the inspector how long you have to fix the problems. If some of the work you have done is a hazard in any way, it should be handled by a professional immediately.

3) Talk to any professionals who may have done the work. If you hired a contractor, electrician, or professional plumber to do work for you and their work didn't pass the inspection, contact them immediately. Most companies and professionals have guarantees in place and will fix the work that didn't pass free of charge, so make sure you have it in your contract that they will redo any work that doesn't pass inspection.

4) Look at the materials. If you have used building materials that are not up to code, such as specific wires, pipes, or other materials, go back to the hardware store where you purchased them and explain that the items they sold to you did not pass the building inspection. Most stores will give you a refund or replace your materials. This can be a hassle, but it is worth it in the long run and will end up saving you money.

5) Consider hiring a professional. If you didn't pass the inspection the first time, it could be that you didn't realize what exactly the project entailed and didn't have the experience necessary to pass the code. If this is the case, you could try again. Make sure you know exactly what you're doing and what needs to be done if you are going to attempt to fix those things that didn't come up to code. If you would rather leave it in the hands of a professional, this is a better option and could end up saving you money in the long run. Make sure they have a guarantee in place that their work passes inspection.

6) Know the building codes. Make sure you know the codes and what it is exactly you need to do in order to pass your next inspection.

If you fail your inspection, these are just a few things you will need to do in order to ensure you pass it the next time around.

Information for this article was taken from Always look at the Texas Residential Commission Construction site for registered builders ( or Call 877-651-TRCC). For additional Help, Information, or Services contact Debbie at (830) 833-4249 or .

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