5 Tools Everyone in the Home Inspector Industry Should Be Using

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As a home inspector, it’s vital to have the right kit with you whenever you are on a job. Regardless of the changes to housing laws and state regulations for buildings, the tools of your trade are critical. Below are five of the essential tools that you should have to ensure you do your work safely, accurately, and efficiently.

 

Flashlights for home inspector

Lighting

Flashlights are essential for home inspectors so that you can peer into the dark, unlit corners, nooks and crannies that exist in every building. A headlamp is thoroughly recommended, too. You will be doing a lot of climbing ladders, and that extra hand could be put to better work to ensure you climb safely and have free hands for things like attic inspections. A flashlight is also incredibly handy for lighting up a dark room when you are taking pictures. The camera flash is OK, but it can sometimes impact on the quality of your final shot – a flash light will help you highlight the problem area or damage and ensure the photo is nice and visible.

RGS Crawl Space Insulation

RGS Crawl Space Insulation is one of the best tools for a home inspector on the market today. There are plenty of reasons why this is the case. First, the chances are that when you go into any home, there is a very good chance you will find unhealthy or damaged insulation in its attic or crawl space. It’s a common issue and you must be prepared. Your clients will be appreciative, too, as you will be able to inform them about who could fix the crawl space or attic. Plus, of course, it gives you, the inspector, one more resource to offer to your clients to help them through the whole process. If customer service is important to your image – as it should be – it’s giving your client some extra help like this that can help you get referrals and loyal customers.

Pin-probe Moisture Meter

One of the most common problems you need to watch out for as a home inspector is moisture. One of the best tools at your disposal to deal with this part of the job is a pin-Probe moisture meter. These clever tools will make your work so much easier, and, in our opinion, are better than the scanning meter alternatives. There are a few good reasons why. First, you can find them built to a tiny and highly portable design, and because they are so small and slim, they are easy to carry and slip out of your pouch as and when you need them. The best pin-probe meters are highly responsive and give you instant feedback, and if you take some time to do your research, you can find a meter that offers strength and durability. It’s also worth bearing in mind that you get what you pay for. But given that this little tool will be used so much, and will last such a long time, it won’t be long until you make your money back on your investment.

Folding/Telescopic ladder

As a home inspector, you will need to do a lot of climbing – possibly into attic spaces and beyond, but also so you can inspect potential problems in high ceilings. The beauty of telescopic combination ladders is that they are easy to carry around and break out on the fly. Essentially, it could be a 2-foot step ladder for smaller heights, but also a 6-foot frame ladder to access stair-free attics. They close to a very tiny scale, too so you won’t have to worry about hauling heavy, bulky equipment or damaging your client’s property.

Infrared Thermal Imaging Device

If you want to take your home inspection job to the next level, infrared thermal imaging is where it is at. Not only will it help you be more accurate with your work, but it will also save you bucket loads of time. Sure, infrared cameras aren’t cheap, but a good one will last you for a decade or two – and they are well worth the investment. Can’t quite stretch to a couple of thousand dollars for a good camera? If so, why not get infrared for your current mobile device? With a simple thermal imaging device paired with your phone’s camera, you can save hundreds – maybe thousands – of dollars.

A Message to the Home Inspector

There are, of course, hundreds of different tools you can use for a home inspection. However, the list above will give you the vast majority of things you need to succeed in your role. Have we missed any? Why not let us know?

What Does Insulation Do For Your Home In The Summer?

sun hitting roof with insulation

“Prepare for winter!” the advertising and advice columns shout. “Insulate your home! Check your existing insulation! This is essential if you’re going to be prepared for winter!”

It happens every year and, for many of us, it cements a connection in our mind:

  • Insulation is related to winter.
  • Insulation means keeping your house warm.

As a result of the above, it naturally follows to assume that insulating your home is only beneficial during the winter months.

For many people, this gives us pause. Is it really worth focusing on insulating our homes, when that insulation is going to be largely useless during the warmer months of the year? After all, if insulation is most useful in winter, does it not naturally follow that it’s not useful in winter’s opposite season— summer?

It’s tempting to think that the above is true, but here’s the reality: insulation is a year-round friend of your home. It has just as much to offer in the summer months as it does in the winter.

What is insulation?

To explain how insulating your home is beneficial in both summer and winter, we need to look a little deeper into what insulation is and how it works.

The majority of insulation used in modern homes is known  as “bulk insulation”. This insulation is usually made from bulky materials such as wool, foil, or fiberglass. These materials tend to be very light, as it’s not actually their weight that is required to insulate a home.

How does it work?

Bulk materials like wood and fiberglass trap air bubbles within them. This is vital, as air itself is one of the best insulators you can find. When air is trapped against the roof or walls of a building, a fantastic insulating effect is achieved. This air creates a barrier, which prevents outside air from penetrating into a building.

So, in winter, the colder outside air is unable to cross the barrier created by the insulation. As a result, the heat transfer is stopped, and you’re able to ensure that your home is toasty warm all winter long.

How does this work in summer?

Again, the key factor is the barrier that is created by the trapped air. In summer, the air is very warm. Without insulation, this warm air would cross into your home and make it unpleasantly hot inside.

With insulation, the opposite happens: that air barrier does its work and ensures that the hot air stays outside. As a result, your home stays cool through the summer.

What about foil insulation?

Foil is often used in conjunction with wood and fiberglass. Its purpose is to reflect heat back to its source. This means that in summer, foil prevents infrared rays from entering your home. In winter, foil helps to prevent heat from leaving your home. So whatever type of insulation you have, you can be sure of benefits throughout the year.

Improving your insulation for the warmer months

Until this point, your main focus regarding your insulation would have been to make the most of the installation during winter. However, now that you know that insulation is hugely beneficial during summer also. Capitalise on this by enhancing the cooling effect your insulation offers with a few simple tweaks:

  • Check your insulation is in good condition. To perform to the best of its abilities, your insulation needs to be in good condition and securely attached. As you would in winter, make sure you check on it, and ensure it is looking strong and ready to perform the vital task of keeping your home cool.
  • Open your windows at night. Temperatures drop at night, so open your windows and let the cooler air circulate through your home. Of course, make sure you do this safely; for example, you may want to close the windows on the ground floor before you head to bed for the evening.
  • Make sure the insulation can do its job. It will protect your home from the worst of the summer heat, but it’s important to give it a helping hand. It’s not just air that has the ability to heat your home. Direct sunlight will also contribute, so draw curtains or use thermal blinds to diminish this impact. You take care of the sunlight, and your insulation will take care of the too-warm air.

In conclusion

Insulation is a vital component of your house throughout the year. You’ll be able to enjoy a warm, cozy winter thanks to your insulation, while also ensuring you stay as cool as a cucumber through the hotter months. Contact us to schedule a free inspection of you attic and crawl space to make sure you stay cool in the summer. Enjoy!

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What is a Crawl Space and Why Should it be Clean?

clean crawl space

A crawl space is something unique that only a homeowner could understand. For instance, you usually won’t see crawl spaces in apartments and if you’re moving from an apartment into a house, then you might find it a strange concept to understand. Even if you have lived in a house for a while, you might be wondering what the crawl space is for, if you need to take care of it and why you would bother even using it in the first place.
 
 

What is a crawl space for?

As the name implies, a crawlspace is a part of the home that you can crawl through. It’s not large enough to put furniture in, but it’s big enough for storage purpose and, well, crawling. They’re usually around two to three feet tall and the surface beneath is often bare. They’re typically built when homes lack a basement and some older buildings may even have crawl spaces between walls.

The main point of a crawlspace is to help air circulation and also gives easy access to utilities such as gas and plumbing. For instance, if you ever need to do some electrical wiring, then accessing a crawl space is incredibly handy since it allows you to get into the “guts” of your home in order to tinker.

So now that you have a general understanding of what a crawlspace is, why would you ever need to clean it? Well, there are several reasons, and here are a couple of questions that you should be asking yourself when it comes to your crawlspace.

Is it difficult to get into my crawl space?

If you’ve ever wanted to get into the guts of your home to perform some maintenance or even use it as storage, then you’re going to want easy access to your crawl space to make things easier. However, if it’s difficult because there is waste, pests or just general mess in your crawlspace, then it can be incredibly difficult to utilize it effectively. If you plan to make use of your crawl space, then it’s best to get it cleaned.

Have I noticed pests creeping into my home recently?

Noticed rodents scurrying around your home? Are ants and other insects starting to get on your nerves? Then your crawl space might be infested and it’s best to deal with it as soon as possible. Not only can these pests invade your home by using your crawl space, but they could potentially damage your electrical wiring and cause major problems with the structural foundation. If you’ve been noticing pests, then a crawl space clean will be able to solve the issue.
 
 
House with Crawl Space Cleaning

Has the quality of the air in my home been getting worse?

Most people don’t realize that a large amount of air from your home comes from the crawl space. If the quality of air in the crawlspace is bad, then it can actually start to affect the quality of air in the rest of your home. Crawl spaces can suffer from moisture problems and this can create lots of mold and mildew. This can negatively affect the air in your home and cause problems with asthma sufferers or effect those with poor immune systems. This can also get into your air conditioning or heating systems and the problem will be amplified. If you’re worried about the quality of air in your home, then make sure you clean your crawl space.

Will I be staying in my current home for a long time?

If you’re going to be living in your current home for a long time then you’ll want to clear out your crawl space to protect your home from future damage, maintenance problems and other complications. Dealing with the issue now by cleaning your crawl space is a much more economical solution than paying for repairs later in the future.

Have my energy bills been increasing?

As mentioned before, your crawl space is a major source of air that enters your home. As a result, it can also be a major problem when it comes to losing heat in the winter. If you’re finding it more and more expensive to keep your home warm during colder seasons, then it might be because you’re losing much of the heat to your crawl space. By clearing out your crawl space, you can prepare it for future encapsulation to prevent further heat loss.

If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions or have further concerns, then it may be best to consult a professional to help you examine and clean your crawl space.

What is a Crawl Space & Attic Evaluation?

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Schedule a free evaluation of your home’s crawl space and attic today. It is easy and you can securely schedule us at any time with our new online scheduling software or call us today.

(425) 319-2019

 

What is a crawl space and attic evaluation? 

We get this question a lot so we want to answer it on our new blog.  The crawl space and attic evaluation is the first step in understanding the needs of your home. These spaces are important for your health and your pocket book. Insulation serves as a barrier to keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Over time the insulation can break down or become damaged causing an increase of energy cost and an unhealthy home.

It is not uncommon in the northwest for rodents to find their way in to your attic or crawl space. The type of damage rodents cause create a health hazard and generally an unpleasant experience.  

The entire evaluation can take up to thirty minutes to an hour. During that time we will complete the following:

  • Inspect the quality of the insulation
  • Inspect vapor barrier condition.
  • Inspect duct work insulation
  • Inspect water pipe insulation
  • Inspect Attic baffles
  • Inspect blown in insulation level 

We may make other necessary recommendations to make sure your attic and  crawl space are up to par. Once we complete the measurements and inspection. We will put together an estimate for repairs. There is no obligation to purchase our services once we complete the evaluation. Feel free to contact us with any additional questions you may have.
 

 
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This is what people tell us.

 

“RGS impressed us from the beginning with their quick response and professionalism. They went above and beyond to schedule our job quickly to meet a building Inspection for our home sale. When their crew arrived, they were friendly, professional, and had our project completed on time at a reasonable cost. They left everything spotless. We will highly recommend them to family and friends. Thank you, RGS!”
-Diane Smith

“Israel and his crewmen performed a very Clean, on time and very well priced job at our house. They arrived on time, even though we have given them a very short notice. The removal, clean up and Installation of new Insulation and Vapor Barrier has been done with professionalism and punctually. Very good service overall and very much appreciated by us. Thank you and we will recommend you to all our friends and family.”
– Cristina and Doug on Cypress street | Mt. Vernon, WA

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