Love ’em or hate ’em, drones are probably here to stay. And really, the idea that there’s such a division in opinions about drones means that there’s a lot more to learn about the technology overall.
This isn’t about stealthy, mini planes carrying out covert military operations, and it’s not about unskilled backyard thrill-seekers accidentally plowing into your mother’s geraniums. This is about a technology that could revolutionize a lot of different industries, including the one that you’re in – home inspections.
Drones are Up and Coming
The FAA and drone enthusiasts aren’t exactly on the friendliest of terms these days, but that won’t be the case forever. The technology is too valuable, and it’s also too accessible for the everyday person to learn. Some pilots thumb their noses at regulations, and that’s what gets a lot of them into hot water. But if you learn from experts – and yes, there definitely are drone experts – you can avoid the hazards that you hear about on the news.
Drones, or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) aren’t something to toy with, as expert Parker Gyokeres, of Propellerheads asserts. “This is not a hobby anymore. This is a profession.” And it’s one that he believes will revolutionize a lot of different industries.
How UAVs Can Help Home Inspections
When was the last time you relished the thought of climbing a ladder to inspect a roof? What about getting a good view of a chimney? Now imagine if you could get a better image from all angles without ever setting foot on the ladder at all? That’s what a UAV can give to your business.
Drone technology lets you provide customers with a better service, and do so more safely than ever before. The Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier says home inspector Jonathan Zeissler got his business, Illuminate Inspections, LLC, off the ground this past summer using a Phantom 3 Drone and no longer worries about the dangerous and precarious angles and footholds (or lack thereof) when inspecting roofs for his customers.
See why some UAV professionals believe drone technology is going to change the world for the better:
Drones Offer Other Pros
In addition to reaching where a person just can’t reach, UAVs can give the customer some pretty amazing shots of the property. In many cases, these are images that aren’t included in any property listing because most real estate agents haven’t caught onto the value of aerial photography for anything but the most extravagant multi-million dollar listings.
Imaging is only as good as the camera and the photographer, but that’s where training comes in. Although you could, at least in theory, teach yourself to operate a UAV and capture usable photographs for your customers, the best route is to get professional training. The last thing you want is to be the inspector who piloted a drone through a 2nd story plate-glass window. That way, you’ll also avoid run-ins with local law enforcement and the pesky FAA. It’s all legal, you just have to go through the proper channels, the same as you would to take a test before operating a vehicle.
UAVs aren’t commonplace, but they are definitely moving that direction. And they aren’t as dangerous as the news media might make them out to be. One of the biggest issues is inexperienced pilots biting off more than they can chew. And the best way to avoid that is with proper training and a healthy dose of respect for the equipment.
Can aerial photography improve your business? Probably. Imagine all of the hard-to-reach areas of any house, and you can see how an eye in the air could make a big difference. It’s also another way for you to set yourself apart from the rest. While the others are climbing ladders, you can be safe on the ground and getting better images for your efforts. That’s one more benefit for your customers and one more tool for your marketing kit.
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UAV, by Richard Unten, via Flickr Creative Commons.
UAV roof image, by Energylabs, via Flickr Creative Commons.