13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Let me understand my inspector's language,
This review is from: Holmes Inspection Everything You Need to Know Before You Buy or Sell Your Home (Hardcover-spiral)
I bought this book already a week into escrow and just crammed through it. I used Mike's advice on picking the inspector and then tried to finish the book before the inspection...made it, with an hour to spare.
It's well laid out in sections. Plenty of color pictures.
During the inspection, what I learned from Mike helped me believe the inspector when he said, "this is good" or "this is bad" and I was able to ask more questions. I found I was able to finish some of his sentences when I knew he was about to say something Mike had explained in his book.
I found myself scanning for things on the walls, floors and ceilings, under the sinks, around the foundation, the decks, etc... The more I looked, the more I remembered what to look for, and I could actually do that.
I think most people also lean heavily on what we believe are professionals in something. As such, we don't ask as many questions as we should out of shyness. Reading this book helps you understand whats important to look for, and so when you are with the inspector you have a basic understanding of what you are looking at and can intelligently ask questions. It's a good confidence builder, not to second-guess the inspector and be a pain in the *** but to just ask relevant questions.
It also shows you are very involved in the process and care about the outcome and the process.
Definitely recommend this book.