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The Complete Book of Home Inspection, 3rd Editionby Norman Becker
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Is that home or condominium apartment you plan on buying a true bargain or an overpriced “handymans special”? Heres how to find out!
No other book on the market increases your chances more of getting your moneys worth when buying a home than The Complete Book of Home Inspection. If you want to find out exactly whats behind, beneath, above, and around the home youre thinking of making an offer on, this is just what the inspector ordered. And if youre thinking of selling your home, heres the perfect way to accurately evaluate its condition prior to setting a price.
This comprehensive instruction manual covers every aspect of exterior, interior, and electromechanical home inspection and is basic enough for a layperson and detailed enough to be a working on-site tool for professional home inspectors.
Revealing techniques and methods used by experienced home inspectors, this heavily illustrated reference details how to evaluate the condition of a home or condominium apartment – inside and out. Precise step-by-step procedures enable you to inspect a home as though accompanied by an inspector with many years experience.
Written by a professional home inspector, The Complete Book of Home Inspection is packed with photos, graphs, dozens of checklists, and worksheets and valuable chapter summaries.
If you want to avoid costly mistakes and headaches down the road, dont even think of making an offer on a house without reading this book first!
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INSPECT ANY HOME INSIDE AND OUT--WITH HELP FROM AN EXPERT!
Find out the real value of a house or condo using the tested techniques in this step-by-step guide. Written by a professional home inspector and fully updated throughout, The Complete Book of Home Inspection, Fourth Edition, shows you how to determine exactly what's behind, beneath, above, and around a house before you make an offer. If you're selling your home, you'll learn how to accurately evaluate its condition prior to setting a price.
This comprehensive manual covers every aspect of exterior, interior, and electromechanical home inspection--and contains a new chapter on green home technology. Now with details on American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) requirements, this book serves as a valuable on-the-job tool as well as a basic layperson's guide. Plenty of useful photos, drawings, worksheets, and checklists are included in this practical resource.
The Complete Book of Home Inspection, Fourth Edition, covers:
Probably the best source available for prospective homebuyers to use for evaluating property, inside and out. Originally intended to be for buyers and owners, it has sufficient detail that professional home inspectors use it throughout the country. Loaded with charts, checklists, and photographs, this is a must have for anyone considering a new or used home purchase. Nearly 75,000 copies are in print.
About the Author
Norman Becker, P.E., has more than 35 years' experience in home building inspection and is one of the founders of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). He has been qualified in court as an expert witness on the subject of home inspection. Mr. Becker wrote the widely read "Homeowners Clinic" column for Popular Mechanics magazine. He is a licensed professional engineer in New York, New Jersey, and Florida.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Tools and Procedure; Part I: Exterior Inspection; Chapter 2. Roofs Chapter 3. Roof-Mounted Structures and Projections; Chapter 4. Paved Areas Around the Structure; Chapter 5. Walls, Windows, and Doors; Chapter 6. Lot and Landscaping; Chapter 7. Garage; Chapter 8. Wood-Destroying Insects and Rot; Part II: Interior Inspection; Chapter 9. Attic; Chapter 10. Interior Rooms; Chapter 11. Basement and Crawl Space; Part III: Electromechanicals; Chapter 12. Electrical System; Chapter 13. Plumbing; Chapter 14. Heating Systems I; Chapter 15. Heating Systems II; Chapter 16. Domestic Water Heaters; Chapter 17. Air-Conditioning; Chapter 18. Swimming Pools; Part IV: Other Issues; Chapter 19. Energy Considerations; Chapter 20. Environmental Concerns; Chapter 21. Green Home Technology; Chapter 22. Conclusion; Appendix; Glossary; Inspection Worksheets; Index
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