The Hungry Home Inspector by P Nathan Thornberry :: Why Some Inspectors are Always Hungry for More While Others Just Go Hungry

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The Hungry Home Inspector

Why Some Inspectors Are Always Hungry For More
While Others Just Go Hungry

“Are you an inspector or are you a business owner? Do you have a job or a business? Are you tired of being hungry or do you hunger for something bigger and better? Just the kind of wake-up call many in the inspection industry need to hear, Nathan’s book The Hungry Home Inspector deciphers the difference between having a job that runs you versus leading a business that runs with systems, technology, and people. Be prepared to think bigger, get better, and act bolder as you journey through this book.”

~ Michael J. Maher, #1 International Bestselling Author of (7L) The Seven Levels of Communication: Go from Relationships to Referrals and “North America’s Most Referred Real Estate Professional”.


Nathan- Just finished your book. Awesome! I recommend it for anyone in the home inspection business... Except for the ones in my market. 

~ Preston Sandlin, Home Inspection Carolina and Inspection Flyers :: Helping home inspectors grow their business… 



Nathan- Read your book on the plane ride home. Nice, easy, understandable read. You shouldn't be thanking us - we should be thanking you for your systems.

~ Hank Richter, Home Pro Inspections of Rhode Island

I found the book to be well written and very easy to understand. Nathan used real life examples of why he recommends the things he does and why they work. His life experiences that he shares with us also helps establish why he is qualified to write about the things he does. He just does not think these things are good ideas he has tried them out or seen others use them firsthand. I actually felt as if he were speaking to me personally because of many of the beliefs or feelings I have had since I entered this business. If you are willing to listen to someone else and not just keep doing the things you have always done I believe there is much to be learned. If you are hardheaded and not open to change then do not bother with it. When you combine his generous offer to all those who review it and the Resources Section I think it would be great for all those who want some changes in their business model.

The thing that sticks most in my mind was something he said. I looked for it real quickly but could not find it with a quick scan before I began this review. He said basically that when some home inspectors retire they just unplug the phone when others retire they sell their business and get something out of all the hard work they put into it. Sure Nathan has something to gain if you use some of his suggestions but that does not mean they are not good suggestions. It is likely the reason he was willing to write the book and put all this good info in one place for us. It has made me look at things a little differently than I have in the past and I will very likely follow quite a few of his suggestions.

I personally have as most of you know never really enjoyed the written standard home inspections I perform. I have been thinking of a few different ideas over the years and have even reached out to a few different inspectors who are doing full home inspections a little differently than myself and have never really gotten any response.

This book has really gotten me to consider becoming a multi inspector firm because although I do not enjoy the work in the field I do enjoy providing folks with a service that they love and are very happy with. I have learned that it may not be in my best interests to do absolutely everything myself. If I implement some of the new ideas in my head I just may enjoy the Home Inspection Industry a little more.

Even after all the time I spend on these message boards I was not aware of most of the things in the Resources Section. Sure I have heard of a few but to have all that info with names and contact info as well. That stuff alone would save you many hours searching for them on the internet even if you had kind of heard of a few of them. All and all I must say get your order in as I was impressed with the book. I would talk more about specifics but I believe that Nathan has put all the info and work into the book and it is his story to tell or sell.

I hope my competition does not implement his ideas because I believe many of them would work.

~ Michael Meeker

I just finished this book and I'm overwhelmed with the quality of the writing.  It's very easy to read.

I have a shelf full of books about home inspection, how to do this that and the other. I plan to donate them all to my competitors. I have found all of the information I need in one place. If I had read this book 15 years ago I would be sitting in a chair on a beach counting my money instead of sitting in my office writing this. Now I am much closer to that goal.

You can tell everyone that this is the best single resource for home inspection companies that has ever been written. I spent the last half day reviewing the text with a highlighter and I have my business plan written. It's all there; it all makes sense and it will be just what my investors want to see when I ask for the line of credit I want for my new company. Many thanks for your efforts. Our entire industry will benefit from this, providing they read it.

I can't wait to see you in Boston. I intend to stand there and tell the entire group what a mistake it would be to not buy this book.

Thanks again for putting me that much closer to becoming the next Millionaire Inspector!

~ Rory Warren


I enjoyed reading The Hungry Home Inspector.

I had no idea of [Nathan's] background in home inspection ([he] should let more folks know). I really thought [he was] probably fired by GE or Amana or some other appliance company and was trying to get back at them by selling recall notices.

I would not recommend this book to anyone living within 100 miles of zip code 32724. :) I was expecting the book would be autographed since I was one of the first group to purchase and I feel this is another reason why no one within 100 miles of 32724 should bother to buy this book.

~ William C. Chandler

I purchased the book and decided to read it, because when the subject of inspections comes up, I want to be the smartest person in the room. I have a long way to go. I hardly know the primary author P. Nathan Thornberry, and he would probably [want] me to read/review his book. I did it anyway and am glad I did. I will make it a goal to talk more with him, maybe in Vegas at the Casey O’Malley conference.

I have a construction background but a stronger customer service and management history. This has helped my company grow to what it is(a staff of eight). In the industry I came from, marketing was everything, with service and good management coming in second and third. I do not have the experience in the inspection industry as some of the giants in the book and can learn from each of them. This book gives me a glimpse of a few.

The book may not be liked by many of the traditional home inspectors, many of them do not think to the future or where the industry is going. They [will not likely] follow the path the book lays in front of them. The book tells you why and how to overcome that and it is right to the point. I have been to many Florida events have talked with many inspectors and Nathan tells it like it is, like it or not.

At every event I have been to , I have made it a point to add at least one vendor to my list of additional services. Some I talked to, some I listened to. If I did not add them to my team, it was because I was not ready, not that they may not be a great fit. From each person I talked to at an event I learned something, vendors and inspectors alike.

I can only learn what the industry is doing by listening to the leaders or reading their material. I can learn more by talking with them. I only hope my competition doesn’t follow everything in the book or business will just get tougher for me. If I could prevent my competition from reading it I would.

"Everyman is my superior in that I may learn from him"

~ John Shishilla, Honor Construction and Inspection Service

I just finished the book today and thought it was a great, thought provoking read. I will be starting a Power Point presentation on the key parts of the book to use in my classes. NIBI will also utilize the book as a textbook in conjunction with the Power Point for our Marketing lesson.

~ Drew Levy, The Home Inspection Institute

I've read Nathan's book and thought it contained some great info any Inspector could use to benefit his business. I've personally known Nathan for several years now and his integrity and willingness to help other inspectors build their business is to be applauded. I've known about his background in the business but gained much more insight from stories in the book. I have chosen several years ago to utilize many of the products that he provides because they provide benefits to my company, the Realtors I work with, and my inspection clients. To those of you who...have not taken the time to actually read The Hungry Home Inspector I also applaud you and just wish you were a competitor in my market. I just love my competition who insist that someone else can't teach them anything about growing their business. Nathan, Bravo for some great info and keep up the good work.

~ Ron Poteet, Southwest Home Inspection