Free home inspection tool: Google Lens

Google Lens is a fantastic tool that every home inspector should know about. It’s a free mobile device app to help you identify stuff. You take a photo with the app, and Google searches the internet for similar images, giving you pretty good results.

Check out the examples below:

Funky-looking trap 

Trap Genie 2

What is this thing? Who makes it? Where can I find out more about it? Google Lens gave me this:

Trap Genie from Google Lens

Aha. It’s a SinkGENIE trap from PF WaterWorks.

Funky-looking bath fan controller

Leviton bath fan controller

What kind of fan controller is this? How does it work?

Leviton IPHS5-1LW

Aha. It’s an IPHS5-1LW humidity-sensing bath fan controller from Leviton. It’ll kick the fan on automatically when the bathroom gets humid.

Unknown device at soffit

Soffit thingy

What’s that thing at the soffit? Is it a speaker? A light? A security camera?

PFA130-E waterproof security camera junction box

Aha. It’s a PFA130-E waterproof security camera junction box.

It’s not just for home inspectors

I could continue with these examples, but I think you get my point. This is a cool tool that helps to identify unknown stuff, including plants, animals, buildings, clothing… you name it. And besides all of this, it’ll also identify text, translate foreign text, scan business cards, and bunch of other stuff. I played around with the live text translator while writing this, and it blew me away. It translates text in live time! It’s wild. Check out my video above for a demonstration.

If you’re not already using it, give it a try.

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Reuben is a second-generation home inspector with a passion for his work. He grew up remodeling homes and learning about carpentry since he was old enough to hold a hammer. Reuben grew up thinking he was going to be a school teacher because he enjoyed teaching others so much. In a sense, that’s a lot of what home inspections are about, so Reuben truly does what he loves. Sharlene has worked with Structure Tech since 2000 and Reuben has been contributing to her blog since 2008.

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