The Tramex
Moisture Encounter
Plus is the workhorse
in the inspection
industry. No qualified
inspector would leave
home without this tool
or one similar to it.
This allows the
inspector to measure
the moisture levels at
and around typical
high moisture areas
such as tub and
shower surrounds,
under sinks, flooring,
old stains, etc. This is
a non-evasive tool
leaving no marks.

Multi-purpose laser level
used to determine
plumb and level. Used
only at the request of
the client.

The Extech Moisture
meter is used to
measure moisture
behind exterior walls
such as stucco and
synthetic stucco.
One drawback is it
requires that small
holes be drilled into
cladding material.

Wheel or roller
measuring device used
to calculate rough
square footage of living
area. This tool also
used only at request of


Tic tracer used to
determine if any
abandoned electrical
wires are active.

A good quality stud
finder can come in
handy in
determining not
only stud spacing,
but can be used to
estimate beam and
post dimensions.

Just your basic drain
cover used to
determine the
functional flow of all the
drains at the plumbing
fixtures. All fixtures are
fully flooded and

Ideal Multimeter
used to determine
voltage, continuity,
and amperage
issues commonly
found in the home.

Extendable inspection
mirror used to view
behind and around tight
areas such as washers,
dryer, heater, etc.

Basic three bulb
tester used to
evaluate outlet wiring
and test the GFCI
outlets commonly
installed near water
and at the exterior.

Water pressure
gauge used to
acceptable plumbing
psi range (between
45 and 60 psi).


500,000 candle
spotlight to light up
any darkspace allows
for clear viewing.

Laser thermometer
used to check AC
temperature split,
attic temp.,

A good pair of
binocculars enable
distance viewing at
both the exterior and
for attic viewing.

Thermal Imaging
Camera by FLIR used
for multiple system
analysis-see Thermal
Imaging page. Very
few if any Hawaii
home inspection
services offers this.

Not used in all
These are some the tools that I use most frequently to perform my inspections. The most
important tool I have at my disposal is my knowledge of building practices and my years of
experience in the field. No one without this should be inspecting.