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Guide to Home Inspections
A Common Sense Approach to the Business of Inspecting a House

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As a home inspector is your business a success? Are your processes well organized? Can you give your customers clear, accurate reports on the results of your inspections? Do customers voluntarily refer you? Being able to answer yes to these questions is a hallmark of an inspector or company which is thriving. If you want your business to grow this book will teach you effective communication and reporting skills that will help make you stand out amongst the crowd of home inspectors.

Create a successful home inspection methodology using tested systems to thoroughly, accurately, and efficiently create a user-friendly report your clients will understand. This guide will help identify and clearly detail the processes of inspecting the following areas of a house: exterior, interior, attics, basements, HVAC, plumbing, electrical, and the walls, floors, ceilings, doors and windows. Specialty sections will help you understand the unique challenges of inspecting rural properties, how to approach period and century homes. How to look for the common mistakes of renovations and additions that were not professionally built, and clearly identify safety issues like radon and mould or mildew.
 
A business can’t succeed without educating its customers and communicating its value. Brian Daley shows how effective communication and education are critical to selling and growing your business as a home inspector.
Table of Contents

Foreword

Chapter 1: Why Are You Doing This?
Exploring the real purpose of a home inspection and the inspector's role in the process

Chapter 2: The Best Tool In Your Kit Is You
Understanding the importance of using common sense over text books

Chapter 3: Exterior Inspections
Why the exterior of a building can tell the real story about a house before you even enter the home as well as step-by-step defect recognition

Chapter 4: Attic Inspections
How to perform a safe inspection of an attic space and still satisfy your client’s concerns

Chapter 5: The WFCDW Inspection
The basic wall, floors, ceiling, doors and windows inspection step-by-step defect recognition

Chapter 6: Safety First
Inspection of fall hazards, trip hazards, gas leaks, carbon monoxide, fire alarm systems, and mould or mildew

Chapter 7: Action Central - Basement and Crawlspaces
Understanding the importance of the basement and its relevance to the entire building system as well as step-by-step defect recognition

Chapter 8: HVAC Simplified
Performing a complete inspection of the heating, ventilating and air-conditioning system that your customer can relate to. Keeping it simple

Chapter 9: Plumbing - It's Downhill From Here
The plumbing system inspection for homes on town services with step-by-step defect recognition

Chapter 10: Electrical Inspections
Electrical inspections that won’t freak out your client. How to do your inspection by the book without the book

Chapter 11: The Handy-Man Challenge
Looking at common mistakes of renovations or additions that were not done professionally and understanding how they can impact your client

Chapter 12: Back To The Country
The unique challenges of inspecting rural properties including discussions on well, water treatment and septic and sump systems

Chapter 13: The Older The Better
Developing a better understanding of period and century homes and how the approach to this inspection differs from the norm

Chapter 14: Communicate To Educate
Discussing communication skills vital to the success of your business and the success of the inspection

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8.5" x 11", 272 pages
About the Author
Brian Daley, RHI, is president and founder of the Associated Group of Home Inspectors Canada Inc. (AGHI). Brian is a trained Architectural Technologist and marketing and communication specialist. He has completed extensive formal training in all aspects of building systems for the home inspection profession. In addition, Brian completed requisite field training and report verification. He is certified by the National Certification Authority. He is a RHI (Registered Home Inspector), member of the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors (OAHI), and a member of the Canadian Association of Property and Home Inspectors (CAPHI). Brian is a respected practicing full-time professional home inspector in the Greater Toronto Area. Brian has also developed programs and teaches prospective home inspectors by providing practical and field communication skills training. He has published numerous articles that offer sound advice to consumers on the care and maintenance of their homes.

As a home inspector is your business a success? Are your processes well organized? Can you give your customers clear, accurate reports on the results of your inspections? Do customers voluntarily refer you? Being able to answer yes to these questions is a hallmark of an inspector or company which is thriving. If you want your business to grow this book will teach you effective communication and reporting skills that will help make you stand out amongst the crowd of home inspectors.

Create a successful home inspection methodology using tested systems to thoroughly, accurately, and efficiently create a user-friendly report your clients will understand. This guide will help identify and clearly detail the processes of inspecting the following areas of a house: exterior, interior, attics, basements, HVAC, plumbing, electrical, and the walls, floors, ceilings, doors and windows. Specialty sections will help you understand the unique challenges of inspecting rural properties, how to approach period and century homes. How to look for the common mistakes of renovations and additions that were not professionally built, and clearly identify safety issues like radon and mould or mildew.
 
A business can’t succeed without educating its customers and communicating its value. Brian Daley shows how effective communication and education are critical to selling and growing your business as a home inspector.