This is a list of books and guides that we found to be useful learning tools in becoming home inspectors. They can also be useful for continued reference throughout your career. A hard copy of these readings will be available in all classes for you to further review.
National Home Inspector Examination (NHIE) Manuals
This study guide by the Examination Board of Professional Home Inspectors (EBPHI) is a two manual set consisting of the Mechanical Systems and NHIE Content Manual and the Structural Systems and Business Manual. This set is a terrific resource to help you pass the NHIE.
The Complete Book of Home Inspection
This book by Norman Becker, P.E. is a comprehensive manual that covers every aspect of home inspection. This practical resource also includes hundreds of photos and drawings, along with worksheets and checklists.
The Complete Guide to Home Inspection
Roger C. Robinson & Michael Litchfield co-authored this manual for buyers, sellers, and home inspectors. This book includes how to complete a whole house inspection, how to evaluate major systems, how to determine if cracks are structural problems or cosmetic issues, how to identify environmental hazards, and more.
How to Run a Successful Home Inspection Business
The founder of InterNACHI, Nick Gromicko shares his wisdom about running your own business. This manual is designed to help inspectors create, sustain and grow their companies. This book will help guide you through the step-by-step process of setting up a business that's both ethical and profitable.
Sleep Well: A Home Inspector's Guide to Managing Risk
Another book by Nick Gromicko. This is a quick read that explains several ways to limit your liability and risk while running your own business.
Code Check: An Illustrated Guide to Building a Safe House
This is a reference guide by Douglas Hansen, Skip Walker, Redwood Kardon and Illustrated by Paddy Morrissey. As home inspectors, we don't report to code. With that said, we do need to be familiar with code. This is about 30 pages in flip chart style that readily breaks down some of the most pertinent information that you would need to know as it relates to the International Residential Code.