ADVICE FOR HOME BUYERS: Infrared Imaging Finds More For Homebuyers During Home Inspections!

Reblogger Chris Minion
Real Estate Agent with O'Brien Realty

Randy King - Mankato Home Inspector shares information about infrared thermal imaging (ITI) technology used during home buyers inspections.   

Original content by Randy King

Just this past fall after extensive training we finally launched infrared thermal imaging (ITI) technology into our already large array of home inspection tools and services. During our standard home buyer's inspection we give each home ITI scans, and you would be suprised what a well-trained infrared thermographer coupled with an experienced home inspector can find. Below you can see some of the images also called thermograms retrieved from a recent inspection.

image of wall infrared missing insulation

What you are seeing in the pictures above and below are walls from the top floor of a home's livingspace. The dark (purple) areas of the infrared images (right images) are showing cold areas confirmed to be missing insulation.

image of wall infrared image of wall

While very small amounts of missing or inadequate insulation is normal in most homes, having large amounts of missing insulation especially at the highest areas in the livingspace of the home can mean energy loss, and ultimately higher energy bills. With energy bills certainly not going down, this infrared scan potentially saved the homebuyers many dollars over the coming years.

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This article was provided by Randy King, a local home inspection and infrared imaging expert. Randy can be reached via email at or by cell phone or text message at 507-227-2357. Randy has helped hundreds of home buyers and property owners protect their most valuable investments, home and family. For free sample inspection reports, estimates and our services please visit

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Sandra Scott
DPR Realty - Payson, AZ
REALTOR of Choice! Payson, Pine & Strawberry, AZ

I'm glad infrared imaging is being used into real estate.  I think the buyers should insist upon it in every inspection.

Mar 12, 2010 09:30 PM #1
Chris Minion
O'Brien Realty - Lexington Park, MD

Hi Sandra,

I agree....buyers should have an ITI scans included in their home inspection.  Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great weekend!



Mar 12, 2010 10:40 PM #2
Tom Davis
Harrington ERA,DE Homes For Sale, $$ Save $$ Buy Today ! - Dover, DE
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This is very neat!

What a suprise at what you can find with that technology!

What a great tool to help buyers understand the home better.


Tom Davis

Mar 12, 2010 11:29 PM #3
Tom Boos
Sine & Monaghan Realtors, Real Living - Grosse Pointe Farms, MI
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These are great!  My clients home inspector found a water leak in a ceiling that never would have been discovered before extensive damage made the flaw obvious.  I'm a fan.

Mar 13, 2010 01:14 PM #4
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