The value of residential home inspections is clear:
That said, the value of a home inspection is limited by what the inspector can actually see; if the inspector cannot access a steep roof, see wiring within the walls, or explore the crawl space, they cannot make any assessments or recommendations.
High-tech innovations like drones and robots are expanding the reach of home inspectors, allowing them to access previously out of reach areas and provide more insight into the health and safety of homes. Let’s take a closer look at how these high-tech devices are impacting home inspections.
A drone is a remote-controlled flying device also sometimes known as an unmanned aircraft system (UAS). Drones are equipped with cameras that can give operators a bird’s eye view from above, something that’s difficult to achieve otherwise. Drones provide the following advantages for home inspectors:
Drones do, however, have a few drawbacks as well, including the following:
What’s next on home inspectors’ list of places they don’t really want to go? The crawlspace. And can you blame them? Crawlspaces are dark, dirty, and cramped, sometimes too cramped to actually access. Plus, there’s also the risk of encountering something unexpected; while inspectors don’t relish crawlspaces, spiders, snakes, mice, and other critters do.
The solution? A home inspection robot. These devices resemble remote control cars and are equipped with cameras that feed images to smartphones or other controllers. Operators can view live feeds, record videos, and take still shots safely above ground. Their low profile allows them to fit in very tight spaces, giving home inspectors full view of everything going on beneath your home.
Robots are also useful for residential electrical inspections in Philadelphia, PA, as well as for inspecting other tight spaces such as vents, attics, HVAC equipment, and others. More and more home inspectors are taking advantage of these devices to improve their home inspections.
Call Eagle Inspections today to schedule a residential inspection in Philadelphia, PA. Ask about how our inspectors use the latest technology to provide high-quality, reliable, thorough home inspections.