Measuring Tape

Tape Measure Solid State Home Inspections

In all the tools a home inspector carries, the measuring tape may require the least amount of explanation. There is not a lot to measure in a performance based home inspection as we are not there to do a code in inspection with load tables. 


We do however need to measure for safe heights of stairs and guardrails, safe widths of balusters on handrails and guardrails, and the occasional stair rise and run. Rarely, but necessary, we may need to check a distance between a drain and a vent stack or check a joist length against maximum spans.  


A Home Inspection measuring tape has to be able to measure between 4" spacing for guard rails to about 20' maximum on joist spans. As such, a 25' standard construction measuring tape is a great size for home inspectors. Some inspectors carry a few different sized measuring devices but one can do the job and one is easiest and lightest in the kit.


Final Thought

It is not uncommon for clients to ask to borrow a measuring tape to take some measurements for fitting furniture and other household changes. It is a great service to be able to happily offer help from your tool kit for this and it supports you as a 'good person' when it comes time to review the inspection and collect payment. 


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