now a new homeowner. The most important thing to understand as a new
homeowner is that things break. As time moves on, parts of your house
will wear out, break down, deteriorate, leak, or simply stop working.
If you hired a certified home inspector, that was a good decision
and money well spent. Your home inspector inspected the home and
reported the home’s condition as it was at the time of the inspection.
That is the main responsibility of a home inspector.
This book addresses your responsibility. Every homeowner has
similar concerns and questions. And they are all related to home
• “What should I look for?”
• “What does a real problem look like?”
• “How should it be corrected?”
The answers to these questions are in this book.
This book will guide you through the systems of a typical house,
how they work, and how to maintain them. You will learn what to monitor
(what to look for) as the house ages. Just like the engine of an
automobile, your house works as a system of independent parts. Every
part has an impact on the operation of many others. A typical home has
more than 10,000 parts. What happens when all the parts work together
in the most desirable, optimal way? You are rewarded with a house that
is durable, comfortable, healthy and energy-efficient.
You can make it happen. This book will help you.