Inspecting a House: A Guide for Buyers, Owners, and Renovators takes a system-by-system approach to the daunting task of assessing a building’s strengths and weaknesses. Readers will be able to break their evaluation into coherent, manageable pieces. Using clear, concise descriptions and outstanding technical illustrations, the book covers all major house components and areas, including:
• The structure, exterior, and roof of the house
• Heating systems, electrical wiring, and plumbing
• Insulation and interiors
• The hidden spaces-attics, basements, and crawl spaces
For buyers and owners interested in renovating a house, the book also covers the functions of architects, designers, consultants, and general contractors. Important elements of the renovation process are included: planning and budgeting, building permits, contracts, and new building materials.
Inspecting a House will be a valuable tool during the homebuying process and, afterwards, as a reference for home maintenance and improvement.