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Forum topic by BentheViking posted 03-13-2012 01:10 PM 1106 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-13-2012 01:10 PM

I am hoping to buy a house in the next few months and want to have a bit better idea of what to look for before I even get to the point of having an actual inspector come out. Any one have a suggestion or two of some good books that I could check out? Thanks in advance.

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#1 posted 03-13-2012 11:36 PM

Go to your local library, I’m sure you will find material on this subject.
Good luck.

-- Life is good.

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#2 posted 03-13-2012 11:50 PM

no offense Howie, but you just basically told the guy the same thing as, go to the book store… He still doesn’t have any clue what book is good or a decent resource

I too have been interested in this subject, and what I have found is that with different residential codes around the country, there aren’t any definitive books that you could use. For instance, is the insulation in your attic supposed to be 8 inches deep or 14? I guess it really depends on where you live. I would assume there are quite a few of those type issues that you would want to look at.

For just general knowledge, I have been looking at the Holmes on Homes website every once in a while… He has a blog there that covers many aspects of the home inspection process, and common problems that homes have. Although he is based out of Canada, it is all really good information. Specific code info will probably be more difficult to figure out.

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#3 posted 03-13-2012 11:55 PM

I agree with you 100%but everyone has to start somewhere. Until he starts to get a knowledge of what he is looking at, I figured he was better off looking at “How To” books than code books.

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#4 posted 03-14-2012 12:03 AM

Thanks guys. I actually had done a bit of research on my own and found a few selections but was throwing it out to you guys too. I also asked on the LJ sister site Home Refurbishers but got no results there. Must be an inactive site since the first page of forum replies dates back to 50+ days ago.

But I ended up buying a few today from

I got the Complete Book of Home Inspection by Norman Becker and Inspecting a House by Rex Cauldwell.

I also got The Real Wood Bible by Nick Gibbs, Building with Secondhand Stuff by Chris Peterson, and Taunton’s Complete Illustrated Guide to Woodworking.

I see that Mike Holmes’ other show Holmes Inspection is having a book come out in a few weeks specifically regarding Home Inspections. I think I might pick it up then.

And Howie I don’t necessarily need a how to guide yet (though maybe later on I might need to extend my skills), I mostly want to know as much as possible before and during the actual inspection because outside of carpentry and common sense I don’t know much regarding many home inspection topics.

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#5 posted 08-22-2013 05:21 AM

Well I just got off a “mike Holmes inspection”web page…methinks a franchise. But some things I noted having had a home inspection on a recently purchased home..


No mention of anyone actually going on the roof, but caveats as to “conditions”. Bottom line…probably not inspected…best guess/par for the course it seems

Eavestrough, caveat listed as obstructed by trees, shrubs, but even an idiot could put a 2’ level on em and see if they were sloped correctly. Fact that that there were so many “if ands and butts” says “they just too lazy andain’t checkin”

Structure. well the examination of structure was prevented by “finishing”

And foundation…”stable at present”

Gotta luv it…Pay a house inspector several hunnerd bucks and all he can say is ” I didn’t really go up on the roof, the foundation didn’t fall in today, and I can’t tell you diddly squat about the structure, cause it’s all hidden by finishes….”

If that’s all they can say about basic cement, standard 2x construction, common shingles, what the heck can they say about gas-lines, electrical services, chimneys etc.

If you wanna, go ahead and hire “mike holmes inspections” from what I’ve seen they offer less than you real estate agents contacts can offer, after all they live in you community. and your recommendation can make/break them.

Mike Holmes inspections seems to me to just be a little bit south of honesty when you delve into the fine print….to many outs. Does the Mike Holmes name stand for honesty and integrity, I used to think so. Not so much now. I could do better with the local yellow pages.

Is there a “mike holmes advantage”? Not that I’ve seen. In flood ravaged Calgary, the “mike holmes” name was posted by neighbours and bandied about with pride, but the contractors never showed up. The signs appeared and then disappeared a week later. you buy ( or ?steal) the rights, do the deal take the deposit and gone! Who cares if the work is done just like the exposes of fly by night contractors that holmes likes tp revel against.

I’ve watched enuf of his shows that I think he might be vomiting at the thought of unscrupulous folks taking advantage of his names, but I’ve also watched enuf TV that it’s possible that the network folks have gone to the darkside to capitalize on his name.

Bottom line is for me is the “mike holmes” name attached to anything now is highy suspect.

Eric in Calgary

-- Real_cowtown_eric

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#6 posted 08-25-2013 11:53 AM

Mike Holmes – big bag o wind with stupid earrings.

I hate people that incessantly complain about other contractors….....wait, never mind

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