If you’re buying a home, it’s important to schedule an inspection. A home inspector will examine the property and provide you with a report of any defects, problems, or safety concerns. More and more home inspectors are using modern technology to assist in the inspection process. Aerial drones are a perfect example of newer technology that helps an inspector do a more thorough job. Let’s look at some of the uses of drones in home inspections.

Drones in Home Inspections Can Assess the Roof

A home inspector will walk the roof of the property whenever possible. However, in some instances, it’s difficult to know if the roof is safe to inspect on foot. If the house is older and the roof is starting to deteriorate or if there’s recently been storm damage to the roof and structure of the home, then it may be dangerous to walk the roof.

Your home inspector can use a drone to take a preliminary look at the condition of the roof. He or she can then determine if it seems safe to walk.

A More Complete Examination with Drones in Home Inspection

A drone is a useful tool when inspecting a steeply sloped roof. When the roofing is so steep it cannot be walked, the drone will take high-resolution pictures and video of the area.

Drones are also useful in inspecting all architectural features of a roof. The drone enables the home inspector to see all sides of the chimney, any skylights or unique features, and the inspector can take images of dormer windows.

Provide Footage to Review Later

Aerial drones capture high-resolution images and video. The inspector can save this data and review the detailed images later to supplement his or her examination of the roof. Depending on the type of report delivery, your home inspector may also be able to share drone video with you as part of the inspection report.

Rhode Island Real Estate Inspection Services offers home inspections, including the use of drones in roof inspections. Contact us to schedule an appointment in Rhode Island.