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Home Inspector Tools of the TradeA home inspector can work with potential home buyers to help them make informed decisions about whether to purchase a home.

An inspection can help determine if everything in a home is in good working order. When equipped with the right home inspector tools of the trade, an inspector can easily work in any home that comes their way.

Standard tools

When you look in a home inspectors toolkit, you will find common everyday items such as:

  • Flashlight. You can’t inspect what you can’t see! A flashlight with an adjustable brightness will help see in dark corners or small spaces. It is also a good idea to carry a backup battery and an extra pocket-sized backup flashlight.
  • Ladder. Inspectors are required to look at the roof and attic. Telescoping or articulating ladders are easily portable and great for small spaces.
  • Screwdrivers. Assorted size screwdrivers are helpful to remove panels, open covers, and poke wood when checking for rot.
  • Mirror. A mirror with an extendable arm helps you see in hard to reach places like inside a furnace vent or chimney flue.
  • Matches. Lighting a match can help an inspector test how a chimney flue draws air or light a pilot light that has gone out.
  • Coveralls. Inspecting homes can be a dirty job! Coveralls save your clothes when you get up onto a roof or crawl around in cramped spaces. It is also a good idea to have a second pair of shoes or boot covers that can go over your shoes so you don’t track in outside dirt.

Specialized Tools

If you like gadgets, you’ll enjoy some of the more specialized tools that make short work of a home inspector’s routine tasks.

Some inspectors are even incorporating drones into their daily work! Specialized tools include:

  • Water pressure gauge. This helps to check for water pressure that is too low or too high.
  • Multimeter or circuit tester.  This handy tool lets an inspector quickly and easily test the flow of electricity in receptacles around the property. It can help determine if the house has been properly wired and grounded.
  • Moisture meter. Some types of moisture damage are obvious through staining or wet walls and flooring, but damage is sometimes hidden behind walls and under floors. This device reads the water content behind surfaces to find out if they are dry, or wet and potentially damaged.
  • Remote laser temperature reader. This special type of thermometer reads the temperature of any surface the laser beam can reach. It can help an inspector check if heating and cooling registers are operational and also measure heat in heated floor systems.
  • Carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, poisonous, and potentially fatal gas that can be found in homes with fuel-burning appliances. This detector checks for high levels of carbon monoxide.
  • Combustible gas detector.  Natural gas is infused with the odor of rotten eggs, so your nose is usually all you need to detect larger leaks. This tool detects minor leaks of natural gas that you may not smell with your nose alone.
  • Drones! Drone technology is highly useful for inspecting roofs and other outdoor areas. Sharply peaked roofs that were once extremely difficult and dangerous to inspect and can now be viewed through the eye of a drone.

Finally, a home inspector needs an easy way to bring their tools along. A good portable toolbox can help you get your tools to the job. Many inspectors also wear a tool belt or vest, keeping their tools within easy reach throughout the inspection process.

How Can I Learn More About a Career as a Home Inspector?

Does knowing more about home inspector tools of the trade peak your interest? You can learn more about a career as a home inspector in Stratford Career Institute’s online Home Inspector course. This affordable course can have you on the way to learning the essentials for working as a home inspector.


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