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Home Inspection Book A Guide for Professionals

ISBN-10: 032456063X
ISBN-13: 9780324560633
Edition: 2nd 2008 (Revised)
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Description: THE HOME INSPECTION BOOK is designed to serve as a learning tool as well as a reference guide. This professional guide is a comprehensive yet self-paced handbook covering both the practice and the business of home inspection addressing all the key  More...

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List price: $49.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: OnCourse Learning
Publication date: 5/17/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 8.50" wide x 11.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.134
Language: English

THE HOME INSPECTION BOOK is designed to serve as a learning tool as well as a reference guide. This professional guide is a comprehensive yet self-paced handbook covering both the practice and the business of home inspection addressing all the key areas associated with the business of home inspection in this rapidly growing profession. In addition, this handbook also takes you step-by-step through the entire process of home inspection following the most current guidelines established by the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), the National Association of Home Inspectors (NAHI) and the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI).

Marcia Darvin Spada is the owner of the Albany Center for Real Estate Education, a New York-licensed proprietary school. A professional educator, Marcia teaches real estate and has developed curricula for numerous real estate courses used widely in colleges, real estate related organizations, and proprietary schools throughout New York. She is the author of several Cengage Learning books including New York Real Estate for Salespersons, New York Real Estate for Brokers, Cram for the Exam: Your Guide to Passing the New York Real Estate Broker Exam and Cram for the Exam: Your Guide to Passing the New York Real Estate Salesperson Exam, New Jersey Real Estate, Environmental Issues for Real Estate, and The Home Inspection Book: A Guide for Professionals. Spada has a B.A. and an M.A. in English from the State University of New York at Albany and a B.S. in Real Estate Studies from Empire State College.

Preface
Instructions to the Student
The Business of Home Inspection
An Introduction to the Professional Home Inspection
Key Terms / Learning Objectives
Home Inspection Defined
Your Questions Answered
Important Points
Chapter Review
Field Study Assignment
Review Questions
Answer Key
The Home Inspection Business
Key Terms / Learning Objectives
Owning Your Own Business
Types of Business Organizations
Protecting Yourself and Your Business
Employing Others
Operating a Home Inspection Office
Working for Others
Important Points
Chapter Review
Field Study Assignments 1-5
Review Questions
Answer Key
Land Use Regulations
Key Terms / Learning Objectives
Private Land Use Controls: Deed Restrictions
The Residential Subdivision
Public Land Use Controls
Police Power
Taxation
Eminent Domain
Power of Escheat
Local Authority
Zoning Classifications
Local Land Use Planning
Standards, Laws, and Regulations
Building Codes
Important Points
Chapter Review
Field Study Assignments 1-3
Review Questions
Answer Key
The Home Inspection Process
Home Inspection Procedure and Reporting
Key Terms / Learning Objectives
Gaining Experience
Learning from Others
Tools of the Trade
On-Site Equipment
Office Equipment
Home Inspection Procedure
Client Information Form
Pre-Inspection Agreement
Examining the Property
The Home Inspection Report
Checklist Report
Rating System Report
Narrative Report
Narrative Report with Checklist or Rating System
The Final Inspection Report
Important Points
Chapter Review
Field Study Assignments 1-4
Review Questions
Answer Key
Inspecting the Site
Key Terms / Learning Objectives
Industry Standards
Site Topography
Drainage and Grading
Slope
Soil Quality and Grading of Land
Groundwater and the Water Table
Footing Drain Tile
Landscaping
Trees
Shrubs and Flower Beds
Retaining Walls
Walkways, Driveways, and Other Paved and Masonry Areas
Steps and Stoops
Patios, Porches, Attached Decks, and Balconies
Patios
Porches
Decks
Balconies
Important Points
Chapter Review
Field Study Assignments 1-3
Review Questions
Answer Key
Inspecting the Exterior
Key Terms / Learning Objectives
Scope of the Exterior Inspection
Foundation and Footings
Foundation Walls
Slab-on-Grade Construction
Structure Framing
Flooring
Walls
Framing Types
Windows
Doors
Trim
Ceiling and Roof Framing
Flashing
Soffit, Fascia, and Frieze Board
Roofing Materials
Roof Projection Components
Chimneys
Skylights
Vent Stacks
Roof Vents
Exterior Covering
Aluminum and Vinyl Siding
Wood Siding
Brick
Stucco
Exterior Insulating Finish System
Important Points
Chapter Review
Field Study Assignments 1-2
Review Questions
Answer Key
Inspecting the Interior
Key Terms / Learning Objectives
Scope of the Interior Inspection
Basic Inspection Procedure
Doors and Locking Mechanisms
Walls, Ceilings, and Floors
Walls
Ceilings
Floors
Insulation and Vapor Barriers
Insulation Types and Locations
Vapor Barriers
Attic
Opening and Accessibility
Insulation
Wiring
Ventilation
Garage
Detached Garage
Doors and Door Operators
Basement
Crawl Spaces
Fireplaces and Solid Fuel Burning Appliances
Types of Fireplaces and SFB Appliances
Fireplace and SFB Appliance Components
Important Points
Chapter Review
Field Study Assignments 1-2
Review Questions
Answer Key
Inspecting the Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Systems
Key Terms / Learning Objectives
Scope of the Inspection
Plumbing System
Water Supply Systems
Sanitary Waste Systems
On-Site Wastewater Treatment Systems
Pipes
Heating Systems
Heating Fuel and Power
Air-Conditioning
Major Components
Combination Systems
Heat Pumps
Water Heaters
Types of Heaters
Kitchens and Bathrooms
Plumbing Fixture Types
Important Points
Chapter Review
Field Study Assignments 1-2
Review Questions
Answer Key
Inspecting the Electrical System
Key Terms / Learning Objectives
Scope of the Electrical Inspection
Inspection Procedure
Electricity
Conductors
Voltage and Amperage
Incoming Service
Service Entrance Cable
Grounding
Meter
Main Panel Board
Main Disconnect
Circuit Breakers and Fuses
Wiring Materials
Wire Size
Aluminum Wiring
BX Cable
Romex Cable
Conduit
Junction Boxes and Outlets
Outlets
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter
Smoke Detectors
Important Points
Chapter Review
Field Study Assignments 1-2
Review Questions
Answer Key
Recognizing Environment Issues
Key Terms / Learning Objectives
Environmental Testing Liability Issues
Air Quality
Urea Formaldehyde Foam Insulation
Biological Agents and Allergens
Water Quality and Flow
Toxic Elements and Real Property
Radon
Lead
Asbestos
Electromagnetic Fields
Underground Storage Tanks
Wood-Eating Pests
Termites
Powderpost Beetles
Carpenter Ants
Carpenter Bees
Important Points
Chapter Review
Field Study Assignments 1-2
Review Questions
Answer Key
Workbook and Study Guide
Instructions to the Student
Chapter-by-Chapter Review
50-Question Home Inspection Diagnostic Exam
Workbook Answer Key
American Society of Home Inspectors Standards of Practice
National Association of Home Inspectors Standards of Practice
National Association of Certified Home Inspectors Standards of Practice
Home Inspection Organizations
Glossary
Index

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