The Complete Book of Home Inspection

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2002-06-13
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional
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Probably the best source available for prospective homebuyer's 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.

Author Biography

Norman Becker, P.E., a nationally known authority on the subject of home inspection, has more than 30 years’ experience in home and 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. He also writes the widely read “Homeowners Clinic” column for Popular Mechanics magazine. Mr. Becker holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering and is a licensed professional engineer in New York, New Jersey, and Florida.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Tools and Procedure

Part One: 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 Two: Interior Inspection

Chapter 9: Attic

Chapter 10: Interior Rooms

Chapter 11: Basement and Crawl Space

Part Three: 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

Chapter 19: Energy Considerations

Chapter 20: Environmental Concerns

Chapter 21: Conclusion


Inspection Worksheets


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