Binoculars Solid State Home Inspections

There are some homes that for various reasons are unsafe for home inspectors to approach or walk on which is a limitation of a hands-on Home Inspection. The standards however do allow for a pair of binoculars to aid the inspector in a distance inspection of roofing and other visible home systems.

Limitations of Binoculars

First, it is important to note that the use of binoculars should be secondary to an up-close visual inspection. While binoculars can improve an inspectors visibility, they have many blind spots like behind chimneys and perhaps even entire sides of the roof or walls. If binoculars are used in a home inspection, the inspector should note this as a limitation of a hands on inspection.

Binocular Quality

There are likely some optical purists who could make a good case for a better pair of binoculars than other but for most intents and purposes, a home inspector does not need to spend a lot of money on a 'good' pair of binoculars. There are portable binoculars that are easy to transport and then there are more the full sized two handed binoculars. Both work well although the full sized binoculars larger lenses will allow in more light which should increase visibility. Look for binoculars with at least a 10x zoom rating which tends to be a good balance of visibility and perspective.

Final Thoughts

Every home inspector should have a good pair of binoculars in their tools although as this is primary an outdoor tool, it does not need to be carried through the entire inspection. Keeping binoculars in good shape and protecting the lenses is important to get the maximum life out of the binoculars so make sure a good case is available and they are protected from damage.

By James Bell - Owner/Operator of Solid State Inspections Inc.