Inspecting homes in Rhode Island can be challenging, RI has many older homes, ocean front properties, and combinations of old and new construction in the same dwelling. Fortunately for you, you’re hiring a qualified pro. Choosing a Certified Master Inspector (CMI) can be the difference between a decent inspection and the best inspection. I have all the training, experience, and knowledge to give you a quality home inspection and report. I concentrate on ONLY Rhode Island homes so I am in tune with the local items that come up in our area. National companies may not be. One thing you can’t overlook is the equipment I bring to help me get the complete picture of your new Rhode Island Home.
If you’re interested, read on to see what tools and equipment I use, during my RI home inspections and how it can help you get the best report possible.
Utility Belt I carry most items right on my belt. That way, when I find something, I typically have whatever I’ll need to look at, test, inspect it, photograph and document it right there. I won’t waste time running back and fourth to the truck, and more importantly, I won’t forget to come back with the right tool to properly test it.
Ladder It sounds simple, but I use a little giant ladder that can get me up on to most roof tops and into tough to access attics. I also have a telescoping ladder for tight spaces. I’m not going to just skip an area because I “can’t get up there”. Some areas are just not accessible, but we do our very best.
Spectoscope Taller buildings, and steep roofs may be unsafe to access, tall flat roofs may not be visible from ground level or from a ladder. We cant walk on wet or icy roof either. I have this tool. This is a pole camera that I remotely control from the ground, it extends 40 feet, high enough to see most 3 story building roofs. This gives me an advantage over other inspectors, I’m the only one in RI with this capability. This is far superior to binoculars from the ground, I also get much better photos for your report.
Electrical Testers I carry a variety of these, at least 2 standard in my utility belt and more in the truck. No matter the situation, I can get a reading on the system and be sure you get accuracy.
Moisture Meter One of my most important pieces of gear, I can easily detect moisture levels in drywall, plaster hard wood and soft wood with one of these. Sometimes you see a water stain, but on an old home there’s no other way to know if its still leaking or from a repaired leak, than to know the moisture level in the material.
Anemometer What the heck is that? Its a device that accurately measures air flow, and temperature of the air, useful in forced air HVAC systems. It looks like a small device with a mini fan built in to it.
Magnet Easy to determine metal type, aluminum, steel, copper. Painted or not magnetism is still a valid way to know.
Bright Flashlight It sounds obvious, but a good bright light can really help you see what you’re looking at better. I use a high bright LED tactical light. I carry 2, a head lamp and traditional style.
Infrared Thermometer Yes I did say it, thermometer. I use it from looking at electrical panels for anomalies in temperature, and checking HVAC temps on returns and registers. Temperature variations can tell you a lot about various systems in the home. It’s also more accurate and safe than putting your hand on a radiator to see if the heat is working.
Multi-tip Screwdriver Although your RI home inspection is a visual inspection, occasionally I need to open something up and look inside for you. The electrical service panel, for instance is something I almost always open and look inside.
Scribe/probe This sharp device is used to test wood integrity for rot or wood destroying organisms.
Internet/i-Phone You’ll notice I take photos with my mobile device. I generate my inspection reports on mobile software and you get it in your e-mail them the same day, most times within an hour or two. This saves both of us time, money, and saves paper. I can use my software to send links to whomever you like, home, work, realtor, contractor, etc…
Continuous Radon Monitors (CRM’s) This machine monitors and tests the air for radon. It can generate the results as soon as the test period ends. The EPA determines, the test period be a minimum of 48 hours. The “canisters” are OK, but this equipment is best for accuracy and time savings. We prefer to use the CRM’s.
Mold Test Kit I have a pump and mold spore cartridges to test for airborne mold levels. The pump, calibrated on each site, draws a measured amount of air through the mold spore trap. The trap is sent to the lab for analysis. The determine spore count and species. I can also take surface samples of suspected growth.
Water Test Kit I have chilled shipping containers for water sampling as well. I use a standard FHA test. It looks for chemicals, bacteria, heavy metals, e-coli. I ship via FedEx to my lab for results. they e-mail them to me, and I interpret and forward them to you.