- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional (2010)
- ASIN: B005FW1T3U
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,016,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Complete Book of Home Inspection 4th (forth) edition Text Only Paperback – 2010
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The good parts are that the author lays out a methodical approach to inspecting a house and usually includes good descriptions of how to investigate and evaluate the various components and systems of the house. The end of most chapters contains a checkpoint summary of that chapter.
The downsides are that the information in the book is almost a decade old now; this second version was published in 1993. Sometimes the author assumes knowledge that I didn't have. The book is targetted at a lay audience but doesn't really have enough illustrations and definitions and examples to really deliver on this promise. For instance, when inspecting a hot-water heating system he says, "A forced system will have a circulating pump in the return line near the boiler." It would be nice a picture was shown to illustrate the difference between having a circulating pump and not having one.
Also, the author gets something wrong in at least one place. When talking about tankless water heaters he says, "From an energy-conservation point of view, a tankless water heater is not desirable. It is inefficient and wasteful of energy." This is untrue today and I doubt whether it was true when the book was written. The US Department of Energy in their reference brief on tankless heaters acknowledges that tankless heaters are more efficient and less wasteful of energy; that is part of the reason they are used in Europe and Japan where energy prices are higher than here in America.Read more ›
As for technical content, I say again that the book covers everything one needs to know about the subject, so much so that I keep one copy on my office desk and another in the car so I have quick access to an excellent reference guide at all times.
It has never failed me when I needed a quick update on any issue, no matter how small or big. You know how you often check to make sure you have your wallet in your pocket when you leave the house....well I make that same check to be sure I have Norm Becker's book within my reach at all times.
I'm sure the book not only satisfy's an individual's need such as mine, but from the quality of its content, I believe it has made, and will continue to make, a positive impact on our home inspection industry.
Please thank Mr. Becker for making this home inspector's entry into the field not only more effective but easier and more pleasant.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is very good to understand the basic concept of home inspectionsPublished 6 months ago by cosmosville
my book arrived quickly and contained the information I was seekingPublished 12 months ago by troy harrison
Haven't completed it yet of course, but I am disappointed that the pictures are all in black and whte and many not really clear of what is being pointed out.Published 12 months ago by Tom
Home inspection guide is a great tool for any person planning to be a home inspector. Home inspectors are in high demand. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Kuda E.