Mr Ferrell is an architect with over 40 years experience and has performed thousands of commercial and residential inspections. This book is an invaluable aid to any prospective home buyer. Home buying is a major step for anyone and every potential buyer should arm themselves with all available information to be able to compare and analyze what they're seeing with their own eyes as opposed to what they're being told. This book not only provides analysis not only on the home, but also on the site, drainage, and utilities.
The book is divided into fifteen chapters that will provide the buyer with basic knowledge of construction techniques on some of the most common building practices and how to analyze the signs that the property is exhibiting. These signs could be a warning of problems to be aware of.
Mr. Ferrell explains how the novice can analyze drainage on the site, utilities and how they affect the property, trees and foilage, the structural basis of the house, finishes, systems and what those cracks in the walls and concrete are telling you.
The book is not intended to be an all encompassing expose' on the subject, but rather
a primer for the uninformed. Professional advice may be warranted in certain circumstances and Mr. Ferrell gives examples of these in the text.
- Rebecca K. Rush, July 2011
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