First let me start by commenting on the quality of this website and the people on this forum that helped me in more ways that I could possibly imagine.
I know what association I’ll join when it will come the time to pick one
But for now… Well it’s time for me to invest in some tools and I read several threads in this forum and while they were helpful to guide me in the right direction, now I’m looking for more specific answers.
If my fellow HI’s would help me define the type of tools that I need that would be greatly appreciated.
Also note that for the sake of simplicity, the links provided are for a specific vendor but I’m in no way, shape or form, affiliate with it, as a matter of fact I’ll most likely purchase my tools from other sources, where I can get them 30-40% off the price. I just happenned to have that vendor website open when I created this message and they are easy to browse…
First things first, The Electrical Circuit Tester:
1- Obviously the first one has more features, but do I really need them for my first inspections?
2- Is the $100 difference justified?
3- Are they missing a critical feature for the inspection of the electrical system in the structure?
3a- If so, which one?
4- And last but not least, is there an even cheaper option?
Alright, now onto our second buddy, The Moisture meter:
And what about this one at $179
1- I know it’s doesn’t have the dual function (invasive, non-invasive) but the price difference is huge and I was wondering if poking a few tiny holes in the house was such a big deal?
2- And as with the electric circuit tester, do you have a better and/or cheaper option?
And finally let’s talk about gas detectors:
1- Now comes the big question, do I really care about CO detection for a basic 4 point inspection or a regular home inspection for that matter?
What about the good ole TIF 8800 at $191.95?
2- Will I be set for all of my regular gas detection needs with it?
Or what about this one that looks slicker and cooler than the TIF, less expensive too at $159.95?
And to finish let’s talk about the Bacharach at $279.95
It seems that the last one underlines an issue that I didn’t thought about it, the maintenance of the gas detector, but my question is:
3- Is that really an issue?
4- Are you HIs replacing or changing your gas detectors battery or sensors that often that I should consider this in choosing the right gas detector?
And of course the usual, last question:
5- Is there a better (read more complete) and/or cheaper option?
Please keep in mind that this is for a new HI Service, so my budget is really really tight, and $100 - $200 difference, while not a BIG deal it’s still a substantial extra expense that I cannot overlook, since as you can imagine I have many other expenses to consider as well, and it all starting to add up.
Thank you for reading this far…