Some things in our jobs are indispensable. For me as a home inspector it's tools. I have acquired many over the years. I look to acquire more in the future. Its part "need" and part fun. And yes ladies it also a guy thing.
One of the very first tools I bought was a moisture meter. I still have it and use it on every inspection. There is nothing that I would trade for my moisture meter. The only other tools I would rank as important are my plug tester and voltage detector.
So often during any inspection water stains or suspicion of water crops up somewhere in the house. Instead of saying to the client I don't know if this is an active leak or old stains, I have the ability to provide a little more info. Now I have to be careful to temper that information. If it's the middle of summer and hasn't rained in over a week, then the stain may in fact be active, but has dried. On the other hand if it's pouring rain during the inspection or rained hard the day before, then I can be more definitive.
The point is my moisture meter is one tool you would have to pry from my hand. I would give up many other tools before handing over my moisture meter.
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