Drones make roof inspections much safer

Home Inspector with Massachusetts Home Inspections MA. License#566

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Massachusetts Home Inspections is now performing aerial drone roof inspections as a no-charge, as-needed service with my home inspections. If I approach your prospective home and I am unable to safely view 100% of an inaccessible area of the roof from the ground with binoculars, I will utilize my remote-controlled Autel Evo II drone to safely fly over any home (outside of FAA controlled airspace). This will allow me to view and obtain close-up aerial photos and videos of all hard-to-reach areas of the roof (and its components) from above the property. I then take all saved images and videos to my office for further close-up review and pass that information (and the video) along to you by end of day.


drone roof video

My drone contains a GPS Flight Mode that makes it quite simple (and completely safe) to utilize while it is actively flying over any home. It comes fully equipped with hands-free hovering and obstacle avoidance, which allows me to concentrate more on obtaining crucial images without worrying about coming in contact with objects near the home. While this quad-copter is flying in uncontrolled airspace, it has a maximum legal range of 400 feet over the structure and 30+ minutes of flight time on one battery. My drone is more than well-equipped to visually inspect any roof, its components, the chimney, and all roof penetrations that are too high and inaccessible for a me to reach safely with my ladder. Wi-Fi and Blu-tooth allow me to link my drone’s HD camera to my iPhone (attached to the controller) which enables me to view what the camera is viewing in real time.

I have been asked by potential clients about a cost of utilizing my drone when inspecting Massachusetts homes. I do not charge extra fees for drone use (or for that matter) any tool that I own. My tools (and I) all come as an inspection package to you…my client. I invest in today’s technology to go above and beyond and to be the best possible Massachusetts home inspector that I can be. It’s all about delivering additional information to my clients but doing so in a safe manner.

The Federal Aviation Administration rules currently allow recreational drone use under certain circumstances, but prohibits “commercial usage” of UAV (unmanned aerial vehicles). My drone and myself are fully registered with the FAA and I will always contact them (in live time) in order to obtain permission before flying my drone above any home where I need to obtain better visual access. When I do utilize my drone, I use common sense and follow all existing FAA rules for recreational use, which include remaining in sight of the drone at all times, never flying higher than 400 feet, staying well clear of manned aircraft and at least 5 miles away from airports.

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For additional information regarding my drone use, I will be available for questions on-site.

Comments (2)

Ed (Edward) Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

I have seen a couple of home inspectors down here using drones as well.  They could be especially valuable with wet conditions or exceptionally tall homes.

Jul 23, 2021 06:15 AM
David Valley

Yes Ed. Drones are the eyes of home inspectors today. They make roof inspections so much safer by leaving the ladder in the truck. No more ladder incidents.And the video resolution is absolutely amazing once it’s uploaded to the computer. 

Mar 11, 2023 05:55 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

David, our inspectors are investing in drones for the roof also, and sure makes them more safe!

Jul 23, 2021 08:58 AM
David Valley

Yes Joan. My drone keeps me safe and allows me to show my home inspection clients the entire roof. I can also hover over the chimney to check the liner up close

The only roof I climb today are the safer low pitched roofs. 

Mar 11, 2023 05:58 AM