Home Reference Book

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Home Reference Book
The Home Reference Book was developed over 25 years ago as a report writing tool for Carson Dunlop’s home inspection business. We recognized that a good inspection needed a professional report.

Over the years, Carson Dunlop has continued to refine and enhance the Home Reference Book to make it one of the most technical and comprehensive yet user-friendly books on the market. Home Inspectors throughout North America have:

  • Used the Home Reference book as an educational text for themselves.
  • Adopted the Home Reference Book as a report writing system.
  • Used it as an effective marketing tool, giving it to clients and real estate professionals.

The Home Reference Book, in its 27th edition as of 2014, is used by home inspectors as a report writing tool, by schools and colleges for their home inspection training programs and by real estate professionals as a gift to consumers to help them understand their home.

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The Carson Dunlop Advantage

As North America’s most fully integrated Inspection Company, we have performed over 150,000 inspections and written as many reports since 1978. And we continue to write reports every day for our clients. Experience does matter – in fact there is no substitute for it! We have learned how to communicate with our clients. And we are willing to share that knowledge with you. Whether you are looking for a paper-based report writing system or a web-based software solution, we have your solution.

What Our Clients Say

  • The information layout of the manuals combined with the videos is a tool that can only be described as value-added. The details such as description, what to look for, reasons why and what to do for each module are very well formatted and have greatly expanded my knowledge. In conclusion I have to take a word from the MasterCard commercial, the Carson Dunlop Home Inspector Course are PRICELESS.


  • Your training was clearly the best course available and I opted to purchase it even though full VA reimbursement was available for some other home based training courses. I have been extremely pleased with the quality of the training provided by your program.

    M.H. Captain

  • It was very thorough! I do not come from a construction related career and was looking for a complete training program to feel comfortable with my new career. This program was great. I am finding that I know things that other seasoned inspectors don’t. This is exactly what I needed.

    Ben P.

  • I am grateful for the opportunity to have participated in your fine program. I have always tried to create the very best career opportunities that I could for myself. My education years ago as an IBEW trained Apprentice and subsequent graduation to Journeyman Wireman has proven invaluable to me in my career as an electrician. Now as a Carson Dunlop trained inspector, I feel comfortable knowing I have again received the very best training and education available.


  • The course material and testing were both very good, well explained and I do believe that it covered every possible aspect of Home Inspections. I am looking forward to starting my new business and this course has put me on the fast track to becoming a successful Home Inspector. I also want to thank all your staff at Carson Dunlop for being there for me through this process and for your friendly down to earth service. I am looking forward to continuing a future relationship with Carson Dunlop and Horizon.

    Earl Mercier