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The Complete Book of Home Inspection, 4E

Norman Becker, P.E


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.

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.

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:
  • Tools and procedures
  • Roofs
  • Roof-mounted structures and projections
  • Paved areas around the structure
  • Walls, windows, and doors
  • Lot and landscaping
  • Garage
  • Wood-destroying insects and rot
  • Attic
  • Interior rooms
  • Basement and crawl space
  • Electrical system
  • Plumbing
  • Heating systems
  • Domestic water heaters
  • Air-conditioning
  • Swimming pools
  • Energy considerations
  • Environmental concerns
  • Green home technology


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;

Inspection Worksheets;

About the Author:

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.

Copyright 2011
384 Pages


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