Holmes Inspection Hardcover-spiral – May 27 2008
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From the Publisher
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
If you enjoy the TV series you will love the book.
Most recent customer reviews
If you want great information before buying this gives it to you. Lots of things you should watch for and Mike Holmes tells you about all of them.Published 3 days ago by Bossman In My Eyes
Great book. Lots of info. I would recommend it to anyone selling or buying, or just a home handyman who wants a survey of important things to look for in house maintenance.Published 1 month ago by Rob I MacDonald
Good reference but I wish it would go into more technical details.Published 3 months ago by KazamShazamWazam
Bought this for my husband as a Christmas gift, he seems to like it! Lots of good basic info.Published 13 months ago by Veggieburgs
It's doesn't make you a home inspector after this book. It's more or less talking about his experiences and way of his life. Overall, it's a pleasant reading experience for me.Published 14 months ago by kaito