Purchasing a home is one of the biggest investments you may ever make. It’s important to protect that investment. Modern technology and tools give your inspector the opportunity to gather more data. Let’s take a look at some of the uses of aerial drones in home inspections.
What are the Advantages of Using a Drone?
A drone is an unmanned aircraft that is flown remotely from the ground. Drones capture high-resolution photos and videos while in flight. The inspector who operates the drone can see images and videos in real-time on their tablet or smartphone, which is sometimes mounted on the drone’s remote control unit. A home inspector can use a drone to see parts of the house that are out of reach or not easily viewable.
Drones in Home Inspections Offer a Better View of the Roof
The roof is one of the most important parts of a house. It protects the home and your belongings from the elements. Most inspectors will walk a roof to do the inspection, provided the roof is safe and accessible.
If the home has a very steep roof, it may not be safe for the inspector to walk it. In rainy or icy conditions, the roof is slippery and the inspector cannot physically inspect it for safety reasons. If the roof is old, worn, and dilapidated, it’s unsafe for the home inspector to walk on the roof.
An aerial drone will video or photograph all areas of the roof. The inspector can use the videos and still pictures to locate problems such as missing, loose, or aging shingles, defective vents, or any other issues with the roof.
Gutters and Downspouts
Just as the drone can take images of the roof, it also helps the home inspector see the gutters and tops of the downspouts. The drone will document any blockages that might hinder their functionality such as leaves, branches, twigs, or even a stray baseball.
Drones in Home Inspections Provide Aerial Images
The home inspector who uses a drone can get high-resolution aerial shots of the home and surrounding land. Ask your inspector for aerial images so you can see the layout of the property. This is especially helpful if you’re purchasing a large lot or if you’re unable to tour the property yourself.