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Holmes Inspection [Hardcover-spiral]

Mike Holmes
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May 27 2008

Mike Holmes is on a mission. Now that he’s helped Canadian home renovators with his mega-selling Make It Right, Canada’s most trusted contractor offers his expertise and passion for excellence to anyone with plans to sell or buy a home. In The Holmes Inspection, Mike shows us how to sell smart and buy smart so there’ll be no surprises when it comes to the single largest investment most of us will ever make.

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. He 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


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Mike Holmes is on a mission. Now that he's helped Canadian home renovators with his mega-selling Make It Right, Canada's most trusted contractor offers his expertise and passion for excellence to anyone with plans to sell or buy a home. In The Holmes Inspection, Mike shows us how to sell smart and buy smart so there'll be no surprises when it comes to the single largest investment most of us will ever make.

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

About the Author

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.


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4.0 out of 5 stars The Holmes Inspection Jan. 23 2010
Format:Hardcover-spiral
Extremely well done.
Start with a walk around inpection of the site, the yard, the driveway and every component of the exterior of the house (roof, soffits, foundation, walls,...) , then the interior. Mike explains what to look for, how it should be done and points out the RED FLAGS to watch for for every component. On top of that there are case studies and home inspection check list.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book Sept. 6 2011
By dave
Format:Hardcover-spiral
Great book, really covers everything a prospective home buyer should be aware of.
If you enjoy the TV series you will love the book.
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If you are new to building in North America then this is an excellent primer to get you going and to be aware of things to look for, both in terms of structure and services, but also to engage with your local house inspector. I just wish Holmes had people here on Vancouver Island to do inspections. As an ex-engineer I am slightly appalled at the quality of construction, and I am less than impressed by the massive waiver one is expected to give inspectors when they work for you. Basically all care and no responsibility...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Essential guide for dummies July 6 2014
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The information in this book is really REALLY basic. Is it useful? Only if your a complete idiot devoid of any common sense. I had assumed being a Mike Holmes this book would get quite detailed, I was wrong. It's very very generic and rather vague. I doubt Mike Homles wrote anything in this book. My advise? Save your money and give this book a pass.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book June 8 2013
By Sean
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This book is without a doubt useful for any homeowner. Strongly recommended. Convenient. Pictures included. These types of silly comments are what you get, Amazon, for requiring a minimum word limit.
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