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The Home Inspection Book: A Guide for Professionals Paperback – December 13, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0324143843 ISBN-10: 0324143842 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: South-Western Educational Pub; 1 edition (December 13, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0324143842
  • ISBN-13: 978-0324143843
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.2 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,533,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Marcia Darvin Spada is the former owner of the Albany Center for Real Estate Education, a New York-licensed proprietary school she operated and founded. A professional educator, Marcia teaches real estate and has developed curricula for numerous real estate courses used widely in colleges, real estate related organizations, and proprietary schools throughout New York. She is the author of several South-Western books including New York Real Estate for Salespersons, New York Real Estate for Brokers, Cram for the Exam: Your Guide to Passing the New York Real Estate Broker Exam and Cram for the Exam: Your Guide to Passing the New York Real Estate Salesperson Exam, Environmental Issues for Real Estate and The Home Inspection Book: A Guide for Professionals. Spada has a B.A. and an M.A. in English from the State University of New York at Albany and a B.S. in Real Estate Studies from Empire State College.

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Arlene Puentes on November 10, 2006
Format: Paperback
In the list that follows you will find some of the errors and examples of confusing writing which can be found in Chapter 9 of The Home Inspection Book by Marcia Darvin Spada.

Although my limited schedule prohibits me from doing so, I could have created a longer table for Chapter 9 and can create similar tables for the rest of the chapters in this error-filled book.

Giving incorrect information to students of the home inspection profession is a serious offense. Home inspectors are charged with giving their clients accurate and objective information and a home inspector's consultation is used to make important decisions about financial matters and matters of safety.

In particular, misinformation about electrical components is not simply being fussy. The electrical system involves adequacy concerns (a possible major expense), and safety concerns (fire, shock, electrocution hazards) which need to be addressed as accurately and thoroughly as possible.

This table has been reviewed by my professional peers for accuracy and I welcome additional comments from my readers and from the author and/or publisher of this book.

Page 218 -- In the "You Should Know" box: "A watt is one ampere (discussed later)."

This is wrong. A watt is a unit of measurement. It is used to measure electrical work. The relationship between a watt and an ampere is found in Ohms Law. Specifically it is EI=W. That is, voltage times amperage equals a watt.

Page 218 -- "The voltage coming in from the transformer is the primary voltage. This voltage can be transformed or changed to 120 volts for household usage."

These sentences are wrong.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Craig Matteson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 21, 2004
Format: Paperback
What a helpful book! It is organized into three parts:
Part 1 explains the home inspection business including some aspects of licensure.
Part 2 covers the process of home inspection
Part 3 is a workbook and study guide for each of the preceding chapters.
Appendix A is the ASHI standards of practice
Appendix B is the NAHI standards of practice
Appendix C lists home inspections organizations
There is also a glossary and index
Each chapter is written clearly and reads easily with many helpful illustrations and concludes with review questions (and the answer key).
I am not a home inspector, but I am a homeowner and my problem was that I really don't know what to look for in really understanding my home. This book is a wonderful guide to helping me see how my home functions and what to look at in seeing what is going well and what needs to be tended to and what needs to be fixed. Understanding the vocabulary of home building helps me not feel so completely inadequate when I walk into Lowes, Home Depot, or the local hardware.
While this book can serve as a fine introduction to the person who wants to get into the home inspection business, it deserves a wider audience because of the education in provides to homeowners like me. I need to inspect my own home and understanding how to do that is a real confidence builder in being able to care for my own home (or even an investment property).
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