NC Literary Hall of Fame



House Keys: Tips and Tricks from a Female Home Inspector by Lisa Turner

Turner Creek Publishing
$15.95, paperback / $4.99, e-book
June, 2017
Nonfiction: Memoir
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“This amazing book will save you a fortune in time and money in having the ideal home for you at every stage of your life.”
—Brian Tracy, author of Getting Rich Your Own Way and internationally renowned speaker

“This is an entertaining guide to home ownership. Lisa's columns have helped hundreds, maybe thousands of folks already. I love the simple yet informative writing style."
—Becky Long, Editor, Clay County Progress

“Today’s new homeowners, especially millennials, want the fastest and easiest route to an energy efficient, automated, and organized home. House Keys delivers to this generation as well as to those who want to spiff up or sell a home they’ve had for a long time.”
—Peter Morley, Realtor

“This homeowner’s manual is the only book you need. Now I know what I’m giving friends and family for the holidays. I love the pencil drawings and the stories.”
—Mary Ann

House Keys is not a mash-up of all the current downsize and organize advice books. At 450-plus pages with over 230 succinct articles, House Keys delivers real stuff that works for real people. Honestly, I had trouble putting it down.”
—Robert Aubrey

Not Just Another How-To Book!

After many requests from readers of Lisa’s popular home improvement columns, House Keys consolidates years of short, insightful articles into one handy resource. Anyone who owns a home, or plans to, will appreciate this easy to understand and humorous guide to home inspection and home building, buying, and selling. House Keys covers everything from getting the best contract terms on a custom home to making your water heater last 30 percent longer.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Choose the best contractor
  • Use a home inspection to sell your home
  • Organize your home to reduce the mess stress
  • Monitor your home while you’re away
  • Design a secret room and secret spaces
  • Downsize, upsize, and de-clutter
  • Make everything from decks to appliances last longer
  • Check for and reduce Radon in your home
  • Save time on home maintenance
  • Stay safe in your home
  • And so much more!

A wealth of information for anyone who wants to add to the value of their home and simplify at the same time. Unlock time and financial savings with House Keys. A real value at 456 pages of how-to help.

The topics in House Keys cover everything from scary inspection stories to hot water systems to custom home building, ways to sell your home faster, ways to make all your appliances and home systems last longer, how to downsize, and how to organize and clean in shortcuts that don’t overwhelm you. Throw in product reviews, advice on warranties, home automation, and staying safe inside your home and you have over 450 pages of handy home ownership advice.

Anyone who owns a home, or plans to, will appreciate this easy to understand and humorous guide to home inspection and home building, buying, and selling. The book includes a whole chapter of real world “tidy-up” advice and a Bonus chapter on Secret Hiding Places.

Lisa is the home improvement columnist for the Clay County Progress, the Clay County newspaper based in Hayesville. She is a licensed general contractor and home inspector. She founded Your Inspection Expert, Inc., a residential inspection company, in 2008.

Lisa grew up taking things apart and playing with the boys. After graduating from college, she started a bicycle shop, attended night school for an engineering degree, and took on odd jobs in residential and commercial construction.

In 2006, Lisa started Your Achievement Coach, a coaching and teaching practice that focused on delivering planning skills to people wanting to reach their goals. Lisa believed that whether it was starting a business, writing a book, or building an airplane, developing the skills of disciplined goal setting could get you there. Lisa said to her clients, “Shine the light of possibility on your dream, and it will leap to action.”

Lisa has worked for three major U.S. corporations at the executive level, most notably as Chief Training Officer for Tyco Fire and Security Services in Boca Raton, Florida, in the early 2000s. She was certified as an ASQ Six Sigma Black Belt and Quality Engineer; she holds a 50-ton coast guard captain's license, a private pilot license, an FAA airframe and powerplant license (A&P), and FAA Light Sport Repair Certificate Instructor certification. She was the first woman to qualify as an AB-DAR, or Amateur-Built Designated Airworthiness Representative for the FAA. Lisa is a member and volunteer for the EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association).

Lisa holds degrees in engineering (A.S.), English (B.A.), business (M.B.A.), and science (Sc.D.). She is an engineer in the aerospace field and is an admitted gadget geek. Lisa is best known for building an airplane in her garage in the 1990s, going on to flight test it, and then making a solo journey from Lantana, Florida, to Northeast Harbor, Maine, to visit family and friends.

Lisa’s first book is the Team Steps Guide: A Step by Step Process to Turn Problems into Solutions, available on Amazon. This book is a result of Lisa’s experience working with employee teams. From quality circles to Total Quality Management to Lean Manufacturing, Lisa has researched the simplest ways to deliver results in the form of profits and innovation to companies wanting to get ahead of the competition.

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