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Holmes Inspection: The Essential Guide for Every Homeowner, Buyer and Seller Paperback – April 10, 2012

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About the Author

Mike Holmes is the star of the incredibly popular Holmes on Homes program, where, in every episode, he and his trusty renovation crew fix renovation disasters. Mike has more than two decades of construction experience and was schooled by his father, a master plumber, in all aspects of construction and renovation. With a passion for doing things the right way the first time and a deep-seated respect for construction professionals, Mike has worked on hundreds of home and commercial renovation projects, earning a reputation for outstanding craftsmanship and a willingness to stand behind his work.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Liberty Street; 1 edition (April 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603209298
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603209298
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By R. Hardy VINE VOICE on August 8, 2010
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I preface my review by saying several months ago American HGTV began carrying Mike Holmes rebroadcasted Canadian HGTV show "Make it Right". Mr. Holmes is an experienced & honest Canadian Contractor who selects one from homeowners pleas,who have hired contractors for a renovation or purchased a new home and find they have real problems that are supposedly unsolvable. Each chosen one has Mike come for a "house call" to assess the situation. Homeowners have sunk huge sums of money into their home, only to find 1) the contractor walks leaving job unfinished and/or 2) the new home construction has hidden below-code problems, 3) not just shoddy work, but dangerous electrical, plumbing, structural issues abound 4) plus a whole lot more. Then he & his crew "Make it Right" by filming the project as they go along, showing the shoddy work & repairing it correctly.

His theme is BEFORE you embark on a renovation or purchase a home (or plan to sell), educate yourself thoroughly and both of his books are valuable reference/tools to do just that! They are not duplicates of one another.

On to "The Holmes Inspection" book! First off he strongly states home inspections are extremely important. He also says all home inspectors are not created equal & explains it thoroughly . Mike dedicates a chapter as to why we need home inspections followed up by chapters on exteriors, interiors (including basements) & gives solid case studies.
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We are in the process of purchasing our first home. A couple of months into our house hunting, after having a very bad realtor push properties on us that required major renovation or had illegal renovations done, I bought this book.

What an education!

Mike Holmes' list of what characteristics buyers' agents should embody includes UNDIVIDED LOYALTY. Well, let me say that our first realtor failed in that to the nth degree. It might seem like a no-brainer but when you're stressed from the prospect of everything entailed in purchasing your first home, you go into the process with the attitude that you would trust your agent. Only as time goes by, the notion that the agent may not be YOUR agent may tickle at the back of your mind but only becomes a slap you upside the head when you realize your agent is more interested in selling you something to get a commission than what are your needs/requirements. Stick to your guns and don't let your realtor talk you into homes you can't afford, in locations you don't want to be in, or that need renovations. S/he'll be gone and the headaches and heart aches will be all yours.

Our first realtor tended to show us homes with illegal conversions or constantly suggested we do massive renovation on homes that didn't fulfill our requirements - "picture this: blow out the exterior wall of the house, extend the second floor over the sun porch and you can have a master bath!" She also kept steering us towards areas where she liked and not where we wanted or could practicably afford. We found our second realtor only after she basically blew us off because we weren't buying into anything she showed us.

Our second realtor embodied everything Holmes recommends. Holmes' list is a really good one. He was fantastic.
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I can't quite give this a 5 Star rating. As a fan of Mr. Holmes and his commitment to excellence and "completely finishing the job", there are a couple of minor items bring it off of the 5 star rating. But if you are looking for an Excellent home inspection book, this is it. BUY THIS BOOK.
First, I am not a home inspector, but I have purchased many homes. Here are all the positives of this book: The book is well indexed. The paper quality is excellent (almost card stock). The pictures are excellent. I like the binder style of the book, as opposed to back bound. There is a "Case Studies" section in the book which brings out more of Mr. Holmes' personality and commitment to excellence. The "Checklist" section in the back of the book, summarizes the points of the book which have been covered prior to this section. Finally, the book is written in a "bullet-point" type context, and many of the sections are just that, bullet-points. I can't find an aspect of home inspection that this book doesn't cover.

Regarding the few minor points: If you are looking for the "in your face" personality of Mr. Holmes in this book. Most often it isn't there, except in the "Case Studies" section. I would have liked a few more case studies. There are four in the section. One or two more would be great. If you are interested in this book because you're buying your first home, the comprehensiveness of this book may over-whelm you. Basically, this book covers a lot of information in a little over 200 pages. Finally, the binder rings need to be larger. I find myself flipping back and forth between section. The pages bind and it won't be long before they break loose from the book cover.
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