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Home Inspection Tools That Are Helpful

  • Road maps of your area and a car compass to find the job site.

  • A clipboard with a notepad and pens to take your field notes.

  • Home Inspection checklists (you can order these through our www.nemmar.com web site).

  • Tool box to carry your tools.

  • Reliable, powerful flashlight is a necessity.

  • Some inspectors like to carry a camera to take pictures of the interior, exterior and the operating systems of the house to help them with writing up the inspection report.

  • Lighted magnifying glass to view any data plates that are hard to read.

  • Large probe and an awl to check wood for rot and termite damage.

  • Electric screwdriver with screw bits to take off any panel covers that are meant for easy removal only.

  • Safety glasses to wear in crawl spaces or to view the firebox in a furnace or boiler or other areas.

  • Extendable mirror to view furnace or boiler heat exchangers.

  • Work gloves if you work in dirty areas or have a dirty furnace or boiler.

  • Hard hat, knee pads and a jump suit to wear in narrow crawl spaces.

  • Voltage tester to test the electrical panel for voltage before touching it.

  • Polarity and GFCI tester to test outlets for proper wiring and operation.

  • Measuring tape that's 16 feet long for any measurements needed for the client.

  • Thermometer to test the air temperature coming from forced hot air and air-conditioning vents.

  • Extendable magnet to reach any screws or small metal parts.

  • Calipers to measure the diameter of a pipe.

  • Combustible gas detector is helpful to test for minor gas and carbon monoxide leaks.

  • A marble and a six inch and a four-foot level to check walls and floors for being level.

  • Pliers to help in necessary situations, such as lifting the corner of a rug to see the floor underneath.

  • Binoculars to view the roof, chimney, siding and other parts of the house that you can't see clear enough from the ground.

  • Folding ladder to look at the roof from a closer view.

  • Radon canisters for radon gas testing. It's not so much the canister type, but the quality and sophistication of the radon lab equipment that's important for radon testing. I'll talk more about this later in the book.

  • Septic tank dye to test septic systems.

  • Well water bottles for water laboratory analysis.

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