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5 Home Inspection Tools

Updated on September 20, 2012

5 Tools Your Home Inspector Better Have

If you are looking for a home inspector, you need to know about the importance of these five home inspection tools. The saying goes that you need the right tools to do the right job. It has never been more true than in the field of home inspections. Not only do you need these home inspection tools, but you need to know how to use them, or at least your home inspector does.

There are many more home inspection tools than just these five. But without these you probably aren't getting your monies worth.

Wow.  Didn't see that there before.
Wow. Didn't see that there before.

1. Infrared Cameras

Your home inspector should see what no one else can.

The latest and the greatest home inspectors show up with lots of toys. An Infrared Camera tops this list. Water tends to cause a local temperature variation as it evaporates. It's also often a different temperature than the surrounding area when i leaks out of a hot or cold supply pipe, or in from out doors. This means that there is a great chance it will show up on the screen of a home inspectors infrared camera.

Home inspectors also use infrared cameras to look for insufficient insulation and overheating electrical components. This top of the line tool is still too pricey for the average home inspector and way above the price range of the average home owner. By 2020 there will probably be an app for that too.

Electrical Outlet Tester
Electrical Outlet Tester

2. Electrical Outlet Tester

- Who smells burnt toast?

Licensed Electricians know that there is only one way to wire a home.... The right way and the wrong way. Unfortunately, home owners often take on massive renovation projects with little or no help from the professionals. Every home inspection has to include a thorough evaluation of a homes electrical system. Besides examining the electrical service entry, meter and service panels, the branch circuitry needs to be evaluated.

Enter the Electrical Outlet Tester. This fine home inspection tool can quickly tell if an outlet is grounded, has it's polarity reversed, or is non functional. Upscale models even have a built in GFCI tester.

Hello... Down.. There...
Hello... Down.. There...

3. Boroscope

- Great for spying around the corners.

The home inspectors home inspection tool of choice for evaluating furnaces and duct work is the Boroscope. It has a handle that houses a battery and LCD screen and a long fiberoptic tube that leads to a camera that has LED lights on the end. Home inspections often reveal children's toys that have been crammed into air ducts, or hidden to block basement drains. These surprises can lead to nasty surprises if not detected. This is a handy tool to have around on any retrofit renovation project. Another trick is to use a small camera with a bright flash in larger obstructed areas.

Going up?
Going up?

4. Ladders... Lots of ladders.

- Going up?

If your home inspector shows up without a ladder, fire them on the spot. Every home inspection vehicle should be outfitted with two extension ladders for use out doors and a small collapsible ladder for accessing the attic. While a home inspector may not be able to walk your roof due to the pitch of your roof, inclement weather and snow, it should at least be inspected from the gutters. Big Zoom camera lenses and binoculars work great for those areas that are inaccessible any other way.

The Camera is an extension of your home inspectors heart.
The Camera is an extension of your home inspectors heart.

5. Cameras

- The camera is an extension of your home inspectors heart.

Home inspections use to be quick, hand written, checklists that could be completed quickly. Demand has evolved the profession rapidly. Premier home inspection companies are now offering video in with their highly customized digital reports. Don't settle for anything less. How could you really understand the condition of your roof or attic without seeing it first hand. If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video is worth a million. Cameras are an essential home inspection tool.

Something for everyone.
Something for everyone.

6 and up!

Home Inspectors have a lot to carry around.

Moisture meters, measuring tapes, mold testing kits, air pumps, huge flash lights, little flash lights and the list goes on. It really does take the tools to do the right job.

Maple Trust Inspections - We have all the best tools.

Maple Trust Inspections
Maple Trust Inspections

The sharpest tools being our InterNACHI Certified home inspectors.

Book your home inspection online now.

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      opatoday 

      5 years ago

      good stuff

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      Linda Jo Martin 

      6 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Cool lens! I never considered the needs of a home inspector before. I would like to have one of those electrical outlet testers.

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