Homebuyers today are in a bind. Before signing on the dotted line and handing over their hard-earned cash, they need advice about the product itself: the house they've got their eye on. But to get that good advice, says Holmes, it often takes more than a single call to a "professional" home inspector. Mike tells readers what a home inspector can and can't do, and what options are open to prospective homebuyers who need to know what they're getting. Holmes deconstructs the often mystifying and downright scary process of buying and selling a house, walking readers through, into and around the average house so they can see past the tasteful, neutral decorating scheme.
Using real case studies, "red flag" sidebars and hundreds of photographs, The Holmes Inspection shows readers how to spot problems that could be expensive or even catastrophic, giving them the information they need to judge a house wisely. From the mechanicals (furnace, electrical and plumbing) to the "envelope" (floors, walls, doors and windows) to issues of location and siting, this book alerts readers to the ugly realities behind the "lipstick and mascara" that many vendors use to cover up problems when selling their homes.
In Mike's straight-from-the-hip style, The Holmes Inspection covers:
- why you need a quality home inspection, even for a new house
- how to spot a flip - and why it matters
- how a thorough and realistic inspection can help you negotiate a fair price
- issues to be aware of when buying a condo
- what to do if there's no time for a home inspection
- homeowner responsibilities when selling
MIKE HOLMES is a genuine phenomenon, his fans drawn as much by the man’s character as by his informed professionalism. With more than 20 years of construction experience, Mike has worked on hundreds of bathrooms, kitchens, additions, decks, as well as many major commercial office spaces, earning a reputation for craftsmanship and a willingness to stand behind his work. Mike is a regular guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and writes a weekly column for The Globe and Mail. Visit his website atwww.holmesonhomes.com.
Bought this for my husband as a Christmas gift, he seems to like it! Lots of good basic info.Published 2 months ago by Veggieburgs
He is not a certified home inspector by the way. None of anything in this book I had not known before.Published 16 months ago by Stewart Mussolum
I purchased this book just before making on offer on my first home. It was a great resource and continues to be even after purchasing the home. Read morePublished on April 15 2010 by D. Robinson
Another Great Book by the best canadian builder. This book really makes you think about everything that really goes into a house and the dangers if it isn't done right. Read morePublished on March 25 2009 by Gail Ratushniak