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California Building Performance Guidelines For Residential ConstructionHomeowners Education Association, LLC is a book distribution company that distributes books on issues such as homeowner maintenance, residential construction standards, and homeowner education. HEA works closely with the Building Standards Institute, a non-profit organization established for the purpose of providing consumer education in the field of residential construction. BSI is a publisher of some of the books Homeowners Education Association distributes. Click here for more information on the Building Standards Institute.

National Home Maintenance ManualHomeowners Education Association chooses its publications carefully, making sure that the books distributed are of the highest quality, unbiased, and with information that is current and useful.

You can contact HEA by the following:

Homeowners Education Association, LLC
P.O. Box 3198
San Ramon, CA 94583
Or by email

Although an excellent manual on home maintenance, the above manual's advice, is not building industry standards.  Frankly, building industry standards other than building codes(laws) are more than not, an opinion.
Packed full of information, many dos and don'ts of homeownership, the manual does have one or two items that are a bit daunting for homeowners, ie. recommendations of one having their roofs inspected yearly is a costly venture, and not necessarily a legal-burden of compliance.
Here is what HADD recommends:
To be safe, follow the these guidelines:

1.  INSPECT your home before taking possession, just after taking possession and periodically for ten years.  Be present during home inspections as most home inspectors can and will discuss homeowner maintenance with you. 

These inspections vary depending on specific problems and/or concerns you have about your new or older home.

2. Bring all suspected instances of defective or incomplete construction to the attention of the Developer/builder/seller in writing, by certified mail and keep copies of all correspondence.  Also keep a journal of all any conversations with your builder/seller and or his/her employees-time, date, with whom and what was said.


Disclaimer- The above is not intended as legal advice. Should you have any questions pertaining to defects in your home and whose responsibilities those defects and or deficiencies are, you should seek the advice of an attorney experienced in construction defect litigation.