Whether a code inspector or home inspector, you need tools for your trade. Here is a list of tools recommended for the job in no particular order.
First, let's talk about flashlights. The most important tool in your bag is without a doubt a flashlight with some spare batteries of course. You don't need anything fancy or expensive, just something durable with a good beam. This Amazon Choice 2 pack is a great choice. Click on the photo for more information.
When it is time to check receptacles for reverse polarity, missing grounds and more, Sperry makes a very inexpensive yet quality receptacle tester. Click on the photo for more information. This is something else you should have a backup of as they are small and have a tendency to disappear. I know that I have left one on a jobsite more than once.
As a home inspector you will find yourself taking off a lot of electrical panel covers. As a code inspector, there are times when you may have to do the same. Sometimes you just need to take off a receptacle cover to look inside or access a disconnect for inspection. No matter what, it is always good to have a screwdriver in your tool kit. I must admit that Klein is one of my favorite brands and their 11 in 1 multi-tool is in my bag. Click on the picture for more information about all the uses this one tool has.
Although this is one of the most used tools for home inspectors, code inspectors can find some use with a moisture meter. The prices of moisture meters has certainly come down over the years and made this a great addition to many inspector tool boxes. I used a moisture meter for over a decade and found it to be invaluable with finding problems not visible to the naked eye. Click on the photo for more information.
No inspector should ever be caught without a tape measure. This is one of the most important jobs for all inspectors. We often work by ourselves so I am a big proponent of magnetic tip tape measures, especially this one by Milwaukee. Click on the link for more information.
If you have a lot of measuring to do, a laser measuring tool might just be for you. Bosch makes some great laser devices for the building industry and this measuring tool is no exception. Although you can find some much less expensive, this is a great price for what you get. The bluetooth capability alone is a great time saver. Click on the photo for more information.
Safety is paramount for inspectors and knowing whether electrical equipment is "hot" or not is imperative. For under $30 you can get yourself a great voltage tick, otherwise known as a voltage indicator. The nice part about these is that you don't have to have exposed live parts to test like you do with electrical leads for a multi-meter. This is one area I won't skimp so Fluke is my "go to" brand for quality. Click on the photo for more info.