In the past few years, drones have gone from highly specialized technology to commercially-used consumer devices. Businesses across the country are starting to use these devices to improve their services. One of the most popular applications of this technology is aerial photography. In the real estate industry, professionals are starting to use drones in home inspections.
Drones Make Inspections Safer
Safety is an obstacle that home inspectors face. This line of work can be potentially hazardous. Professional inspectors have to climb tall ladders, walk on top of roofs, maneuver around awkward angles, traverse across unsure flooring, and much more. This is where drones come into play. With an unmanned drone, inspectors can greatly reduce the amount of time they would otherwise have to spend in dangerous situations.
Inspectors are not required to perform any task that they do not deem as safe. Therefore, if a roof is unsafe to walk because of its poor condition or steep slope, it could be left out of the inspection. If the inspector has a drone, the unsafe area can still be included in the inspection.
Drones also have the advantage of being able to maneuver around spaces that would be too risky for an inspector. Drones offer a much safer alternative to home inspections and allow for a more complete report.
Drones in Home Inspections Provide Accurate Data
Advancements in technology have made drone inspections quicker and more accurate. Aerial photography can capture important details about a property. Some of the data that can be collected through drone photography includes:
- Bird’s-Eye Overview of the Property
- Roof features
- Gutter damage
- Siding damage
- Missing shingles
- Missing flashing
- Roof damage
Look for a Drone-Equipped Inspector
In many cases, a home inspector without a drone could fail to catch important details because an area is unaccessible or unsafe. It is in your best interest as a homebuyer to select a home inspector who has aerial drone capabilities. Aerial drones can overcome the limitations that often come up during home inspections.