Tools Needed To Perform A Home Inspection

Los angeles home inspection checklist

Conducting a Home inspection is not easy task. As a matter of fact, many home inspectors who are professionals at this acquire many thousands of dollars in testing equipment and tools to perform these inspections. Conversely, there are many inspectors who will show up with a ladder and a flash light.  This is mainly due to the fact that California is an unregulated state when it comes to the licensing of home inspectors.

As for myself, I’ve performed well over 14,000 home inspections and possess a huge van stock full of testing equipment to provide a comprehensive inspection. The thing about inspections is, you never know what you’ll find until you get there. Below is a list of some of the tools you will need to conduct your DIY home inspection.


The flashlight is one of the most important tools in your tool belt when conducting a home inspection. The need to illuminate an object, a wall, a ceiling or look into the attic will take place countless times during the course of a typical home inspection. If the house possess a crawlspace, you may in fact need a larger more powerful flashlight. The higher the lumens the better for this job.


The plug tester is an absolute must for every single DIY home inspection. The plug tester will tell you whether or not the receptacle being tested is wired correctly with a simple push.


Ladders come in many sizes. For the most part, however, you will find yourself using just two sized ladders. We recommend that you use an extendable 20 foot ladder to access the roof and a 6 foot ladder to access the attic. The ladder should be sturdy if you plan on performing your inspection yourself.


Gloves are very important especially if you plan on accessing the roof, attic or crawlspace. With all the spiders in these areas, some of which are venomous, I always suggest the use of a pair of gloves. For the roof, a good pair of gloves will provide grip especially when the roof is blazing hot in the summer.


Lung protection is of the highest order. With that, we suggest the 3M 6000 Lead & Asbestos Respirator for lead and asbestos protection. Make sure however, you use the 3M 2091 P100 Filters to help protect against asbestos, lead, and cadmium dusts. We suggest using the mask when working near or around older heating vents or ducts, popcorn ceilings or pipe insulation. We suggest the NIOSH-approved 3M 6001 Vapor Cartridge coupled with the 3M 6000 and 7500 masks for the best protection against many organic vapors. 


The water pressure gauge will measure the water pressure from the regulator to the back of the house. it's important to have water pressure which meets minimum building standards.


The use of a moisture meter is necessary when attempting to isolate moisture within a given surface. When moisture is suspected, the moisture meter will rule out or confirm the presence of moisture.


Drones are slowly making their way into the vehicles of many top home inspectors throughout the country. The drone is used primarily to inspect roofs which cannot otherwise be accessed safely. However, we use them to also inspect chimney caps and terminations as well.


Knowing what I know now, I would never ever under any circumstance conduct a home inspection without the use of a thermal imager. In fact, the thermal lager has become such an important tool in my arsenal of inspection gadgets, I bought two. If you don't feel the need to buy a thermal imager for a DIY home inspection, you can rent one from home depot for one day for a nominal fee.


While conducting home inspection you will need to remove the electrical panels dead front cover, a sub panels dead front cover or possibly a cover plate to the ground lug. We also use the screwdriver to look for rot in wood by pocking the wood. Point is, the screwdriver is a necessary tool for every home inspection.