The Ultimate Gear Checklist for Adjusters

Insurance Adjusters Ultimate Gear Checklist

As claims adjusters, we often spend extended amounts of time out on jobs. That’s why being prepared and equipping ourselves with the gear we need is so important.  

“Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.”  

– Alexander Graham Bell

Working adjusting jobs requires preparation. There are many things we need to have in order to successfully fulfill our responsibility. We need the appropriate work clothing, we need a vehicle to get us to the job (see our post on transportation) and we need the right tools to help us complete the task at hand.   

Gear Checklist

This is a list of some of the most important things we need to carry with us to adjusting jobs. Though a list like this cannot ever be truly comprehensive, this is a great start.


For work on a two-story steep, we recommend a 24-foot extension or telescoping ladder.

Our Pick: Xtend+Climb Telescoping Ladders (AdjusterZone Gold Members get a discounted rate through our ladder store!)

Bungee Cords

These can be used in many situations and are an excellent safety measure when used to bungee your ladder to the gutter. 

Tape Measures 

Sometimes the 35-foot measure for smaller jobs, and 100-foot measure for large jobs.

Our Pick: Stanley FatMax BladeArmor 35 Ft. TapeDeWalt 100 Ft. Closed Case Tape

Tool Belt

Having your hands free to climb a ladder and maneuver around the roof (or just walking through a job site) is essential. We can’t rave enough about BullyBag pouches. They’re just awesome.

Our Pick: BULLYBAG Ultra Pouch (Get 10% off with your AdjusterZone Gold Member discount!)


Having gloves will save your hands from being burned and any other wear-and-tear from daily work. We recommend using a pair that has grip to help with ladder climbing.

Our Pick: NoCry Cut Resistant Protective Work Gloves

Roofing Boots

When it comes to safety, it’s always best to take the precaution. Especially when one of the top ways field adjusters are injured is falling. Roofing boots will help stabilize your step and sturdy your stance. We recommend Cougar Paws boots for a reliable product. 
This is an important one, so check out our blog on Roof Safety Equipment
Our Pick: SteepGear Fall Protection Clothing, HippLock Safety Device (Get 10% off both with your AdjusterZone Gold Member discount!)
SHINGLE GAUGE – Our Pick: HAAG 4/09 Shingle Gauge
Sidewalk Chalk – Our Pick: Dixon Railroad Crayon Chalk
Laser Tape Measure – Our Pick: Leica Disto D2
Pen, Pencils, Clipboard, Graph Paper – Our Pick: Accu-Lines FlipBoard (Get 10% off with your AdjusterZone Gold Member discount!)
Digital Camera – Our Pick: Canon Powershot
Extra BatteriesOur Pick: Panasonic Eneloop Superpack
Dust Mask – Our Pick: Fightech Dust Mask
Moisture Reader – Our Pick: General Tools MMD4E Digital Moisture Meter
Putty Knife – Our Pick: Warner ProGrip Full Flex Putty Knife
Pocket Electrical Tester – Our Pick: Klein Tools NCVT-2 Dual Range Tester

If you are an AdjusterZone Gold Member remember to take advantage of the member discounts (listed on the Gold Member page) from BullyBag, SteepGear, The Goat, HippLock and more.

Pro tip: if you own or manage an adjusting firm, we recommend checking out BullyBag’s New Hire Onboarding Program – they’ll customize a new hire pack for you and mail everything to you at a discount. 

Did we forget one of your essentials? Please let us know what tools you can’t live without in the comments section below! 

2 thoughts on “The Ultimate Gear Checklist for Adjusters

  1. Is anyone using SketchCam with a Tablet??
    If so, What are the best and least expensive Tablets adjusters are using?

    I am aware of system requirements from XM8, the models they list are outdated!!

  2. what height should a ladder be for easy access for most of the roof inspections?
    The one you suggested has a reach height of 19 feet.
    is this ladder versatile?

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