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Bird’s eye view: the use of drones in RICS Home Surveys

27/03/23Bird’s eye view: the use of drones in RICS Home Surveys

Until recently, carrying out roof inspections for a home survey could be quite a long drawn-out process. A roof survey generally involved the painstaking viewing of what could be seen of the roof expanse from a good vantage point, where one was available. A pair of binoculars and a good camera were essential and, all too frequently, we needed a long ladder and a good head for heights, particularly where ageing or damaged chimneys were concerned.

Now, the advent of drones or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) has reduced the amount of time a detailed roof survey takes and has also increased the accuracy of the data recorded. Drones can survey large or small areas, at height, saving time, ensuring accuracy and improving the health and safety of the survey team at the same time, by lowering risks associated with working at height, lone working or working in confined spaces. It means surveyors no longer have to manually collect data in areas where the surrounding environment could be dangerous.

Drone surveys for our RICS Home Surveys

Using our drone means we can capture high resolution photographs and video footage, not only of an entire roof expanse, but also of tiny details too, highlighting potential issues or maintenance challenges.

Our Senior Building Surveyor, Dave Bates, is already using our new drone to assist him in carrying out Home Surveys, along with more traditional surveying skills. Find out more here

A drone survey can be included as part of our Home Survey Level 3 and can be provided as an added extra for Home Survey Level 2. Please get in touch to find out more.

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