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About the Author

Wally Conway, is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, retired Navy Pilot, licensed contractor, home inspector, energy auditor, media expert and entrepreneur who is the founder of The Energy Audit Marketing Center. As a media-active educator, Wally has been a regularly featured expert on the HGTV hit series “House Detectives”, is co-host of the DIYNetwork series “Finders-Fixers”, created and hosted “My Buddy’s Boat TV”, produces and host’s “The Energy Savers” television show and is co-host of “The Home and Garden Show” radio show heard on WOKV every Saturday. Passionate and ever eager to share an idea, Wally also speaks regularly across North America. Wally’s Green journey started while living until recently on a 36’ trawler. Discovering that he could shower on a gallon of water, be cooled with a breeze, and read rather than own a television made being efficient easy after moving back ashore. When not speaking in front of a live audience, Wally writes routinely and authored the book “Secrets of the Happy Home Inspector”. Credentials earned include LEED AP, LEED Green Rater, HERS rater, Commercial Energy Auditor, RESNET HESP, BPI Building Analyst and others. Wally has performed over 5,000 home and building inspections, numerous energy audits and infrared evaluations.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 134 pages
  • Publisher: Someday Publishing; First edition (June 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615847722
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615847726
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #709,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As the producer of the homeinspectionchannel.com I was eager to get my copy of Wally Conway's latest book. I'm always looking for quality information and resources to help home buyers avoid purchasing a money pit. After reading the book I can truly say, I too am a happy home inspector (no pun intended).

Wally has co-hosted and been featured on shows for HGTV as well as the DIY network. He currently hosts a long running weekly radio show in Jacksonville called "The Home and Garden Show". Wally also operates one of the most successful home inspection companies in Florida, HomePro Inspections.

The target audiences for this book, according to Wally, are home buyers, sellers, and agents.

As a home inspector, I have always been disappointed with the lack of information written about the home buying process and the various parties involved. Most books about home inspection are written from a purely technical standpoint. This book however deals with the complete home buying process and how various professionals such as inspectors, appraisers, agents, title companies and mortgage brokers all participate in providing peace of mind to a homebuyer.

Wally spends the first few chapters of the book explaining the importance of managing the expectations of the home buyer. I like his quote " People are happy when things turn out well or better than expected: not necessarily that they turned out well. People hate surprises especially in a real estate transaction.

The book explains that service providers are there to help especially in the area of identifying and managing the home buyers risk in the transaction. The responsibility of reducing risk is outlined for agents, inspectors, appraisers, title companies, and mortgage professionals.
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I purchased the Kindle version to read at the beach and found Wally did a great job in describing the relationship between all the parties involved in a home purchase and how each reduce the risk the home buyer faces when purchasing a home. A very enjoyable read I am purchasing the paperback version to add to my library.
Get a copy today you will enjoy the read!
David Haught ACI, MIES, EP
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By cruzy42 on November 10, 2014
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I was hoping for a book that walks through the home inspection process. This book doesn't do that. It's basically a poorly-edited series of vague musings and truisms on the real estate business with very little practical information. In the hands of a better publisher this could probably have at least been interesting, as the author clearly has the credentials, but that was not to be.
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This is much more than just a book about the processes of conducting a home inspection. The author really lets his personality shine through in his writings to give you some humorous insight to the various ins and outs of the job. Not a book if you are looking for detailed instructions, but a good read if you'd like to see the personality and the human give and take that goes along with such a job. Highly recommend.
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Wally is a true expert in every sense when it comes to home inspections. Some experts talk a good game but Wally has walked that talk as an inspector for years.

The word that seems to come up more than any other in this book is 'risk'. Wally realizes that buying a home is risky and that the job of the inspector is to reduce that risk. This book gives you loads of information to help you avoid the pitfalls of a problem property and reduce your risk.

I wish I had had this book 30 years ago when I was first buying property. I'm glad I have it now.
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I expected to read a book which told about things that Home Inspectors looked for. Instead, it was just a long ramble directed (I think) at telling would-be Home Inspectors what to expect. I did something with this book that I have never done before; I threw it away.
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Wally Conway has written a very important book that belongs in the library of every professional home inspector, real estate agent and home builder ... and anyone contemplating buying or selling a home, as well.

As someone who has responded to over 500 professional liability complaints by unhappy home buyers, I can unreservedly state that the vast majority, if not all, of those complaints would never have arisen had the parties involved been privy to the wisdom contained in Home Inspection Secrets of a Happy Home Inspector.

Joseph A. Ferry, Esquire

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I've only used a home inspector once, as I only have bought one previously lived in house, and so that was the only time I thought I would need one. Well, after reading this book, I wish I would have used a home inspector like Wally when I "built" a new house. I also wish I would have used one in SELLING some houses. I never thought of doing that, because I'd have to pay for it...

The role of the real estate agent, building permits and inspectors, using an old home inspection (to save money, of course), the approximate cost you might pay for a thorough inspection -- all these and many more topics are covered in depth. I'd start reading a section, thinking it might not apply to me, and then - yep, it does!

This book reinforced many reasons for me to use a home inspector. My only regret is that I probably won't be selling and buying too many more times. If and when I do, I'll certainly employ someone like Wally.

I've listened to Wally's radio show in Jacksonville for years. I can hear his voice behind all the book's words.

A good, informative read.
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