Many professionals improve their knowledge and skills by reading literature relevant to their field. As a home inspector — or a home inspector to be — you can find lots of helpful and valuable information in the books and resources listed below.
It’s exciting to embark on a new career, and it’s rewarding to learn the material, take the exam, pass it and get your home inspector’s certificate. But the learning doesn’t stop there. You can find excellent tips, tricks, and advice in these books that delve into everything you need to know about a home’s structure and systems.
Several are aimed more at the home buyer, in terms of how to select a home inspector and what to look for in a home, but this information is also highly valuable to the home inspector. You want to fulfill the expectations of as many clients as possible.
For our rating system, we considered the value of the information to home inspectors, comprehensiveness, and readability.
|Title||Author||Review stars||Synopsis||Review quote||Who it’s good for||Rating|
|The Home Inspection Book: A Guide for Professionals||Marcia Darvin Spada||(4.4 out of 5 stars)||This reference guide, written by a real estate educator, teaches the business side of becoming a home inspector as well as the practical applications. It contains guidelines, self-tests, diagrams, and pictures.||“This book however not only tells you what to look for it shows you … and after all, a picture is worth 1,000 words.”||Home inspectors, aspiring home inspectors, real estate agents, homeowners, teachers||5|
|Complete Book of Home Inspection 4/E (The Complete Book Series)||Norman Becker||(4.4 out of 5 stars)||Despite its title, this book, written by a home inspector, is targeted to home buyers. However, it is also a favorite among home inspectors. It’s basically a layperson’s guide to home inspection, so those just entering the profession will find it useful.||“I am studying to become a home inspector myself and found this book to be a very useful first step.”||Home buyers, homeowners, and home inspectors.||4|
|My House, Mi Casa, Tips to operate your home in Spanish/English||Tom Feiza, a.k.a. Mr. Fix-It||(5 stars)||Written by an engineer who hosts a radio show and gives presentations, this guide is invaluable to the home inspector who works in Latinx neighborhoods but doesn’t speak Spanish. The side-by-side illustrations and explanations in English and Spanish make communicating the particulars in the inspection report much easier.||“Good product.”||Home inspectors and other professionals in the home services industry who don’t speak Spanish but need to communicate with Spanish-speaking clients||4|
|Home Inspection Secrets of A Happy Home Inspector: A Guide to Peace of Mind for Home Buyers, Sellers, and the Agents who Love Them!||Wally Conway||(4.4 out of 5 stars)||In this book by a home inspector-turned-TV show host, home sellers can learn what they need to fix before putting their house on the market and buyers can learn what to look for when hiring a home inspector. The author points out that his book is not technical, not a home inspection checklist, and not a repair guide.||“As a professional home inspector in Fort Worth, TX, and owner of House Exam Inspection and Consulting, I cannot exaggerate my respect for the wisdom that Wally Conway has shared with the entire real estate industry in this little book.”||Home buyers, home sellers, home inspectors and real estate agents||4|
|The Holmes Inspection||Mike Holmes||(4.5 out of 5 stars)||The start of HGTV’s Holmes Inspection goes through all the major home’s systems, including lots of photos, to help home buyers assess a home’s condition even before inspection.||“Mike Holmes has done an amazing job with packing this book with important information.”||Home buyers, home sellers and home inspectors||3|
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