The Pocket Idiot's Guide to Home Inspections (Google eBook)

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Penguin, May 4, 2004 - House & Home - 192 pages
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For home buyers and home sellers.

Here is the first how-to that addresses the needs of both buyers and sellers, making it the perfect companion to the bestselling The Complete Idiot's Guide to Buying and Selling a Home. The buyer will depend on this guide to determine whether a house is worth buying. The seller will need it to determine which repairs are necessary before listing or signing anything. Readers will learn to troubleshoot all areas of a home, including its structure and foundation, windows and doors, plumbing, heating and air conditioning, insulation, electrical systems, and the roof, just to name a few.

  

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Contents

Home Inspections 101
1
Starting at the Top The Roof
13
Plumbing Will Your Money Go Down the Drain?
29
Electricity
43
Heating and Air Conditioning
57
Doors and Windows
71
Walls Floors Ceilings and Stairs
79
Basements Foundations Land and Property
87
Garages Driveways Porches and Patios
111
Fireplaces and Chimneys
125
Siding Insulation and Gutters
131
Structural Framing System
147
Ancillary Inspections
153
Finding a Home Inspector
163
Glossary
175
Index
179

Bathrooms and Kitchens
99

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About the author (2004)

Mike Kuhn is director of technical services at HouseMaster, a home inspection firm with 380 offices across the U.S. and Canada.

Bobbi Dempsey is an author and freelance writer for major publications, including Family Circle, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, Ladies' Home Journal, and morew. Her article on how home inspections can prevent carbon monoxide poisoning appears in Family Circle's December 2003 issue.

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