Go Bag for viewing real estate properties

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Hey everyone!  I am working on my 2nd investment property.  Last Monday, my realtor and I drove around looking at potential properties.  I got to thinking that it would be good to have a 'go bag' to bring on these tours to be able to do a good analysis of the property.  I looked up some web pages and found some good tips.  I would really like to hear what you all bring and look for when you view a property.

Here are some of the things I was thinking about:

  • List of things to look at
  • Instant read electrical tester
  • Volt meter
  • Screwdriver
  • Flashlight
  • Bug Spray
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Phone has camera & calculator apps (does anyone have a favorite analysis app?)
  • Business Cards

Good list. To it I'll add the following:

Bullet level (useful for checking slopes on walls, floors, etc.)

Digital tape measure (nice for checking room sizes, lot sizes, etc.)

A "regular" tape measure (for checking door sizes, window sizes, ceiling heights, etc.). 

Point-and-shoot camera (I take a couple hundred photos per property, which uses a lot of space on my phone and drains my battery quickly). 

A stick or something else to clear cobwebs 

Super bright flashlights (just reinforcing the need to make sure the flashlight casts a lot of light. I have one that shines wide, and another one that shines far). 

Thanks for making the list. I'm eager to hear what others suggest too. 

I like the level and stick for cobwebs ideas. I don't know why I wasn't thinking measuring tape. I have great flashlight made by Anker that I bought on Amazon - rechargeable battery, super bright, and small.