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Old 2/12/19, 9:18 PM
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I recently passed my 107 certification for commercial drone pilots. I have been doing property listings but want to move into the inspection part of the biz.. Does anyone have any thoughts on whether partnering up with some inspectors in my area or become an inspector myself .. which would be a better way to go?? ( I have been around the real estate and construction in the past)
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Old 2/14/19, 2:14 PM
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I got my Part 107 First and then did the Home Inspector Course. Just starting in the business..But I feel that is the way to go.. The Drone is just another tool to assist in my inspections. But I also market it as a separate service. Ie photography. The good thing is you have another widely marketable skill. Best of luck fellow Pilot.

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Old 2/14/19, 9:38 PM
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Interesting. Usually the inspector comes before the drone, not the other way around. Anyhow, I have nothing else to add. Good luck.
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Old 2/14/19, 9:50 PM
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Drones are only good for border security. Very effective there. Adios Muchacho.

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Old 2/16/19, 10:55 AM
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I am of the opinion that the best way, indeed the only proper way, to inspect a roof is by walking it. That said, there are some roofs that cannot or should not be walked, in which case a drone would be a useful tool.

Most inspectors have worked out ways to do this, either using binoculars, scopes, telephoto lens, cameras-on-a-stick, or some other less costly means.

Circumstances that would support inspection by a drone would include structures over 2 stories with no safe means of access to the upper stories and roofs that are too steep and too delicate to be walked and cannot be visualized properly using the means described above. I have yet to encounter any such situation, but I have performed only about 375 inspections.

There are probably a lot of situations outside of residential inspection that would lend themselves to visualization by drone. I would say if you want to make the drone pay for itself you might want to market outside the residential inspection sphere.

If you want to focus on becoming a residential inspector then by all means go for it. I don't think that you will find a lot of established residential inspectors willing to take on a partner simply because they have a drone and are licensed to fly it. Commercial, perhaps.

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