“The Confident House Hunter” by Dylan Chalk
Reviewed by Frank Lesh, ASHI Executive Director & 2007 ASHI President
Dylan Chalk has put into words and print what many home inspectors want to say or write, but don’t have the time or inclination to do. He uses language that both the home inspector and the inspector’s clients can understand and relate to.
Chalk’s writing style is conversational. He shares anecdotes and “war stories” that are gleaned from years of experience. Photographs are dispersed throughout the book and were chosen judiciously to make a point or give a visual presentation that makes the story easier to understand. The sidebars are a nice touch—they break up the text without distracting from the storyline.
Chalk’s ability to sort through the clutter that most homebuyers have to deal with makes this author and this book unique. He doesn’t just list facts and problem areas. He equates the issues to what can be really serious and what can be handled in routine maintenance, and he notes that all houses experience “issues” over their lifetime. The way he categorizes the “Guiding Principles” for owning a house helps to segment what homebuyers should concentrate on.
This is a book for home inspectors who are in for the long haul. If you want your clients to not just be satisfied with your inspection, but also to be grateful that you’ve taken the time to educate them in the most important purchase of their lives, then you should give serious consideration to handing out this book, The Confident House Hunter, to all of your clients. You will have more repeat business than the vast majority of inspectors who concentrate their marketing efforts on websites or social media. Dylan Chalk has created a tangible tool that exudes value beyond “the cloud.”
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