Socks or boots for a home inspector?

April 24, 2018 - metal shoes

Should home inspectors wear hosiery or boots while inspecting? we recently had a contention about this with another home examiner on my team. We don’t see eye-to-eye on this topic, so I’m blogging about it. That’s what we do.

There’s no right answer to this, though there are current arguments for both sides. To be clear, when we contend shoes, I’m articulate about indoor shoes. No veteran home examiner will wear their outside boots inside of a residence underneath normal circumstances. we have to validate that, since I’ve been in many houses where we really wouldn’t wish to dirt my indoor boots by wearing them inside a house. See below.

Nasty floor

For a home examiner who wears boots inside a house, there are 3 simple methods that we can consider of:

  1. Indoor shoes. This has always been my elite method. we have some Sketchers slip-on boots that we keep in my investigation bag.
  2. Booties. Those blue things that go over your shoes. Quite a prohibited look. My problem with booties is that we go in and out of a residence too much. we don’t like carrying to trip these things on and off of my boots each time we go in and out. I’d most rather trip opposite boots on and off. Still, we keep a 6-pack of booties in my investigation bag for some reason, and we have a outrageous box of them during a bureau for my inspectors. No suspicion why.
  3. Shoe covers. This is fundamentally a foot for your shoe. You step into a shoe cover and your unwashed feet are protected. I’ve never attempted one of these since we don’t like a demeanour and I’m flattering certain I’d finish adult descending down a moody of stairs. I’m certain they’re fine, though still, I’ve never attempted them. Only seen them. One such shoe cover is done by Tidy-Trax.

For a home examiner who doesn’t wear shoes, you’re left with socks. When we initial started doing home inspections, we suspicion slippers would be a good idea. Thank you, Anna, for articulate me out of that. Not a veteran look.

Benefit of socks

You can feel with your feet. The end.

Benefits of shoes

Shoes protect your feet (duh). That’s a pursuit of shoes. we remember walking by a residence once and carrying a screw get embedded in a solitary of my shoe. we took a design of a offending screw, of course.

Screw adhering adult out of carpet

Can we trust that? I’ve had a few nails go into my feet while doing construction work with my dad, though thankfully never a screw.

Shoes save your socks.

Shoes keep your feet warm. Walking around on petrify floors in a passed of winter in Minnesota with no boots usually sucks. Your feet get cold really quickly.

Shoes reduce your conductivity. I’ve been repelled while doing a home inspection, and so have a few other people on my team. Fortunately, we were wearing rubber-soled boots in roughly each case. This done a shocks painful, though not too serious.

The usually time that one of a inspectors perceived a critical startle was during a initial walk-through of a house. Our examiner hadn’t nonetheless brought his indoor boots into a house, and was holding a discerning travel around in his socks. He happened to hold some steel furnace ductwork that was energized. He was station on a petrify building with his hosiery on, and this gave him a flattering critical jolt. This wouldn’t have been a large understanding if he had been wearing rubber-soled shoes.

Shoes it is

After delicately weighing a pros and cons, we contend home inspectors should wear boots during a home inspection. If we missed any other “pros”, greatfully leave a criticism to let me know. Maybe you’ll change my mind.

Author: Reuben SaltzmanStructure Tech Home Inspections

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