Some of my favorite inspectors are feeling they are too old to climb up shaky ladders and crawl around slippery roofs. I recently attended an inspection where DC area home inspector, Ken Cox, found an interesting solution.
It's a long sort of metal pole that has a camera on the tip of it.
He then fastens an iPhone where he can see the screen holding the pole.
And the camera talks to the iPhone and he can see the roof, the gutters, the chimney and anything else that he needs to see that is taller than he is.
So his report will have photos of the roof and chimney. If there are leaves clogging the gutters, you'll see them. If there is a raccoon sticking its head up out of the chimney, "Smile, little fur guy! You're on Candid Camera!"
So if you're a home inspector and find that climbing a ladder to check out the sloping slate roof is a risk you might not want to take, this could be a solution!