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Do you really need a drone survey for your next building inspection?

Posted in: Property Services

We are regularly asked to perform building surveys and defect analysis for our clients.

In most cases, these surveys can be performed by the relevant specialists making their observations on-site by simply viewing the specific part of the building that has been affected or needs inspecting.

If you have a leak on a high-level building or you need a condition survey of a roof, the traditional route is to physically access the roof and make a visual inspection in person.

Man inspecting roof, holding clipboard

With the rising use of commercial drones in the surveying community, the option of a drone survey is now more common than it used to be.

But how do you know if a drone survey is required or if a building inspection is what you need?

We’ll explore your options in this blog.

Illustration of drone operator and drone

Are you considering a drone survey?

We undertake all types of building surveys. In some cases, this may include specialist roof access equipment such as a cherry picker or drone.

A drone survey involves a drone operator taking a video recording of the roof or another area of the building. Where relevant, drone surveys can be a great way to access high-risk areas.

However, it will depend on the building being surveyed and the problem that needs to be resolved.

Flying drone

You might think that a drone survey is the best option but seeking guidance from a professional could save you money in the long run.

Ask a qualified building surveyor first

Using the expertise of a qualified building surveyor means that you can get specialist advice on the specific survey that best meets your needs.

It’s important to know the details of the specific issue that needs to be resolved.

While a reputable drone operator has the necessary skills to record footage, they won’t be able to produce a condition report or analyse what might be causing a defect.

Loose slates on a roof

Before considering whether to arrange a drone survey, we’d recommend securing the services of a company like TPG to assess the situation.

Based on our knowledge, we can advise on whether a drone survey is needed and analyse the issue to find the best solution for you and your business.

Yes, we’ll admit that commissioning a drone to fly over your property is a very cool use of state-of-the-art technology. But if it’s not needed, your money can be better spent elsewhere.

If you’d like to find out how we can help you decide if a drone survey is right for your next building inspection, give us a call.

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