Will I need a truck to run a home inspection business?

Thanks. When did the telescoping ladder stop being great for you?

Yep, he is listening for what he wants to hear. I’m curious why he brought the question to the forum in the first place.

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I use a Little Giant 17’ and a 6’ step ladder. I also use a pole camera for roofs I don’t feel comfortable getting on. The pole camera does get great pics, but wind makes it challenging.

You should always have a ladder or ladders for unforeseen circumstances. I’ve had to use the 17’ ladder to get into unusually high attic access openings in a garage or other areas.

I own a Subaru Outback and everything fits inside just fine.

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When it stopped working after about a year.

Read through his activity history. It will become quite obvious.

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I have a car

Then find a way to strap a ladder to it if you want to be worth your salt.

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Well…probably every man should have a ladder too…I find they’re useful for all sorts of things…getting into attics, testing smoke detectors, looking at the top of the water heater, I even have a little step ladder I use when working on my truck to reach things in the engine compartment better. To each his own…but since I already have a ladder…I figure it might be a bit thoughtless of me not to bring it when I inspect the house. But not climbing on the roof would make the inspection faster.

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Have you even read the responses??? Take off the rose-colored glasses you’re looking through. I almost feel like this whole thread is a troll/joke by OP. There’s plenty of great info from experienced inspectors here and I think the original question has been well answered.

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When will youse guys STOP engaging these Non-Member’s with their nonsensical questions?
If they can’t even pay for a Month-to-Month membership, just how serious can they be?
IMO, he’s a no-go, and is only wasting your time!

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Nobody said in response what you wrote. If you are afraid of heights, or have poor balance, extremely overweight, or are clumsy… it is likely you should consider another field.

As others have mentioned, walking the roof will let you feel planar deflection, lift edges, get to places you wouldn’t be able to with a drone or pole. Traversing attics is more physically challenging than walking a roof. Both are necessities for an adequate inspection.

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Cool :sunglasses: perfect fit…!I added a roof rack to mine. However, both, the 6’ and the 17’ fit perfectly inside.

You and JJ are on to something. This guys got to be the out wishywashy person in the world or a troll. Just look at his questions completely ridiculous. He wanted to know everyone’s income in a roundabout way and I can’t believe one member actually engaged him in this conversation.

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It is okay to disagree, Martin!, but I do not see where we actually disagree here. I agree, the roof is a vital part of the dwelling, undoubtedly! and We must Inspect and Observe it’s general condition to provide the client with an understanding of what to expect from the roof. I personally put my magnifying glasses :mag: to work looking for active water leaks, may be the general condition of the shingles, best practices utilized by the roofer, did he install all proper expected flashings… is the drip edge perfectly line up with the gutter and does it clears a minimum two inches from the facia… but to fine a “planar deflection” under the shingles is not our job…! If we see something that “indicates” a planar deflection have to call it out, but I think (I may be wrong…!) that there is a moment in every inspection where we should call for “further evaluation by a roof expert” or we may be missing the point and the time to go over the rest of the house details. Any roof may look great to the inspector eyes, but any of many unexpected/unforeseen situations may pop up the very next morning…! motivated by a storm or simply by any of the materials having reached their life span the very next day after the inspection. Going onto a roof physically is not a guarantee that you will catch every possible faulty aspect of the roof system, therefore, I do not obsess about it, nor assign a higher priority over any other subsystem of the whole dwelling.

I make sure I set the proper expectations from my inspections, and I have the proper legal jargon on my contract to cover my back.

Good morning Pedro. All good points. From my perspective, I would never encourage a new inspector to bypass mounting roofs or at least inspecting from the ladders edge.

Can you perform a home inspection without mounting a roof? Of course you can. Many of us do for safety reasons on any given day.

But for me, this speaks to a larger problem; starting out with an abbreviated inspection mentality. An inspector has to have a hunger to go the mile and only after considerable experience should other methods be explored.

There are many seasoned inspectors who can walk up to a house and see the signs of roof problems immediately. This is a skill that takes time and experience to aquire. Just my 2 cents.

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Great morning! Brian…
…you are simply on target…! wisdom and time will empower the inspector…
:+1:t2:

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Great point Brian. We live in an area that gets a lot of rainfall I can’t imagine a new inspector even considering not walking the roof. There’s too much liability in our line of work.

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An “Extend & Climb” ladder is available in several weight classifications and heights. Collapsed it fits easily behind the passenger seat of my jeep. Also, it is very easy to carry inside to access the attic hatch. I can also put a 16 foot two section ladder (extends to 30 feet) on the roof of the jeep if needed.

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agreed. but, in my opinion, everytime this is said should always be followed by “but DONT get on a roof you aren’t comfortable getting on!”. There are also waaaay too many middle-aged macho- man inspectors out there saying “cmon newbie, I get on every roof!”

an inspector died falling off a roof a month or so before i got my license in ATX. it should be treated with the sober discipline of a military pilot. doing a “good job” is not worth falling off a roof. dont be a hero, literally no one is asking you to be one.

middle aged macho man inspector exhibit A:

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This should work.

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