For years, really tall chimneys and hidden valleys on big roofs have been a thorn in my side. I really do try to get to every square inch of the roof with my own two eyes, but sometimes it’s not feasible. I am as close to Spiderman on a roof as it comes, but I am no Superman. On more than one occasion I have climbed to the summit, only then to have to figure out how to get down. When inspecting a house with a roof like this, I joke to everyone I am no good to them dead. But there is a bit of truth to that. If I fall from a three story roof…cancel Christmas.
Say Hi ED-E
ED-E is Phantom Vision Drone. He boast GPS Flight Mode that makes it quite simple to use. He has hands-free hovering, which means you can let go of the sticks, and he stays put. This helps the pilot/videographer (that would be me) film what he needs to without concentrating on keeping the robot in the air. With a maximum range of over 1000 feet and 30 minutes of flight time on a battery, he is more than well-equipped to check out your roof, chimney, or anything else that is just too high for a person to reach safely. Wifi and Blu-tooth help link his HD camera to my phone, so I can see what the camera is seeing in real time.
On The Job
ED-E has only been on the job for about a month. While I do not need his help on every home inspection, when he has been called in, he has proven himself invaluable. Here is a short video shot during a recent inspection where the chimney was too tall to reach with a ladder. It was really windy that day, so please forgive the jerky footage.
I have been asked several times about a cost of using ED-E when looking at houses. I do not charge extra to use any tool I own. I invest in the tech to the be the best possible inspector I can be. For me to look at a client and say for extra money I can use this really great tool and find more problems for you is just not fair. There is no extra cost for using ED-E, or any other tool I carry. We all come as a package.