A Look at a Home Inspector’s Tools of the Trade

Many homeowners are handy when it comes to home maintenance and so they are very curious about how we inspect homes and the tools we use when we perform a home inspection. So in this blog, let’s look at some of the tools of the trade – the tools inspectors show up with when they arrive at a home.

Ladder

Every good home inspector needs to bring a ladder to allow him access to high, out-of-reach spaces, such as attics. A ladder will allow us to check your eaves troughs and gutters, and when safe, the roof and chimney. How far up we go is a safety decision, as we will only go as far up as is safe. We usually use a folding ladder during the winter months and a telescoping one in warmer weather.

Screwdriver

This is a simple yet important tool. In addition to allowing us to unscrew things, we use it to probe wood, joists and soft mortar to see if any rot has set in.

Moisture meter

This is a great tool that we use in the basement or other areas where we find water stains. A moisture meter will help us determine if there has been any water infiltration.

Humidity and temperature meter

Many homes have high levels of humidity. This could be due to simple activities such as showering, drying clothes indoors, boiling kettles and cooking. Poor ventilation is also a contributor to high humidity. A humidity and temperature meter will allow an inspector to assess whether there is a moisture issue in the home.

Flashlight

Another simple yet indispensable tool for the home inspector is the flashlight, so much so that the well-prepared home inspector always carries a backup flashlight. We need flashlights to provide illumination when we have to enter dark, creepy places. We always hope that when we shine a light into a dark space, there are no beady eyes looking back at us.

Camera

Thank goodness that technology has provided us with small, digital cameras. Home inspectors use them to take photos of problem areas and include those photos in our final reports. Ideally, the cameras should be shatterproof and water proof because you never know when or where you might drop one.

Current/voltage tester

When we are doing home inspections, it is not unusual to find a lot of dangling wires. You can find them in the basement, under appliances and often there is no junction box. You want to test these wires to see if there are live and pose any danger.

Crowbar

A home inspector needs to inspect garage pit drains to see the condition of the drain and confirm water is flowing through. The lids can be heavy and/or difficult to lift.  A crowbar is the best tool to lift these lids.

Protective clothing

A special suit for crawling through attics and crawlspaces is a must. Along with it, we use baseball caps, masks and gloves to make sure we are as protected as possible from asbestos, mould and other nasty things your can find in dark, warm places.

Extra shoes

A home inspector is a professional and sometimes, small details like a change of shoes make all the difference. We are always respectful of people’s homes so you don’t want to track dirt in a home. An extra pair of shoes allows you to protect your feet while you go where you need to go and not have to worry about what you may have stepped on outside.

Many new homebuyers ask many questions during the home inspection. Some of those questions are about the tools I use while going my job. If they are very hands-on about maintaining their home, they are also interested in the tools they see me using. Hopefully, some of the mystery regarding my tools of the trade is now gone. Remember, that our goal is to make sure you know everything you need to know about your home. If you have any questions following our home inspection, you can always call us and someone will be happy to help you out.

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Lay Chan Wee
01:19 31 Aug 21
I was impressed with the service provided by Rui Su. He was organized, explained in detail area that I am not familiar... with. He provided a good report. I will recommend him if you need home inspection.read more
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Mary Jane Caro
14:25 27 Aug 21
I am always pleased to recommend Carol Mose from Mose Home Inspection Services to my clients who have had offers... accepted on residential real estate properties. She is knowledgeable, thorough, provides clear explanations, and delivers comprehensive reports.read more
Massimo Pannunzio
Massimo Pannunzio
22:05 25 Aug 21
Michael has got to be on of the best home inspectors in all of Quebec. It was amazing working with him and he had my... best interest at heart when making a life changing decision. He made sure I had all the answers and made it easy to work with him. I will be using Mose inspection for any moment that I need an inspection done that's for sure!read more
Amanda Lee
Amanda Lee
19:14 16 Jun 21
Amazing experience with Carol Mose who helped me with a pre-purchase inspection! She was very approachable and... observant, and informed me of all her first impressions on-site. This gave me greater understanding of any conditions as I was able to ask any quick questions on the spot. Her reports are the most thorough that I've seen and include diagrams to help explain what any physical signs mean and potential consequences. Could not have asked for a better inspector!read more
Maeghan Banks
Maeghan Banks
15:38 14 Jun 21
Carol was wonderful to work with for our pre-purchase inspection. She was professional, thorough and communicative,... taking the time to explain her findings as we went through the house. After the inspection, we felt we had clear knowledge of the condition of the house (both pros and cons), allowing us to move forward with the purchase with confidence. Highly recommend!read more
Ryan Chalupovitsch
Ryan Chalupovitsch
13:43 01 Jun 21
Carol Mose is the best home inspector in the business. Approachable and extremely knowledgeable. She did an... inspection for me and really took the time to explain her findings and help me understand the home I was looking to purchase. Cannot recommend her enough. Don’t hesitate.read more
Elisabeth Faure
Elisabeth Faure
21:16 29 Apr 21
This is the second time I have used MOSE, and they are always really amazing. Very nice, very professional. they came... to have a look at my roof and let me know if we were due for a repair - I was very satisfied with everything and would recommend them to anybody!read more
Hannah S
Hannah S
22:05 16 Apr 21
I had a great experience with Mose home inspection. My husband and I are first time homebuyers and so had a ton of... questions about the process. Everyone we talked with was really informative and helpful. Michael was our inspector and was phenomenal. The inspection was very thorough and he explained everything in detail with realistic next steps for us to take. We came out of the inspection feeling really informed. Plus, he is just an absolute delight! He had very contagious enthusiasm and made the inspection a really positive experience. Would highly recommend!read more
Gabriel Lukuc
Gabriel Lukuc
03:05 16 Apr 21
Michael was amazing. He took the time to explain to us what’s really important and the reasoning behind it. We’re not... very handy nor savvy when it comes to home construction so we really appreciate him taking the time to explain to us all aspects of the inspection. Also, Michael was friendly, professional and timely; he provided the report over a holiday and a weekend.read more
Stephanie Ballard
Stephanie Ballard
14:24 19 Mar 21
MOSE is the best in the business. Once again we were happy with their inspection services - they are professional,... friendly and knowledgeable. Would not hesitate to recommend to friends and family (and have)!read more
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