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Why Use Drones as Part of Your Residential Home and Commercial inspection:
Sponsored by Cornerstone Home Inspection

  1. Introduction
  2. Importance of home residential inspections
  3. Advancements in technology and the emergence of drone inspections
  1. What is a drone inspection?
  2. Definition and overview of drone inspections
  3. Types of drones used for inspections

III. Benefits of drone inspections in home residential inspections

  1. Safety advantages
  2. Eliminating the need for physical access to dangerous areas
  3. Enhanced efficiency and accuracy
  4. Quick and comprehensive aerial view of the property
  5. Cost-effectiveness
  6. Reduced need for specialized equipment and personnel
  1. Applications of drone inspections in home residential inspections
  2. Roof inspections
  3. Identifying roof damage, leaks, and deterioration
  4. Chimney inspections
  5. Evaluating structural integrity and identifying blockages
  6. Facade inspections
  7. Detecting cracks, signs of water damage, or other structural issues
  8. Gutter and downspout inspections
  9. Checking for clogs, damage, or improper installations
  1. Limitations and considerations of drone inspections
  2. Weather conditions and flight restrictions
  1. Conclusion
  2. Recap of the benefits and applications of drone inspections in home residential inspections


Home inspections play a crucial role in assessing the condition of residential properties. With the rapid advancement of technology, a new tool has emerged in the field of home inspections – drone inspections. Drones, unmanned aerial vehicles have revolutionized various industries, and the home inspection sector is no exception.

In this article, we will explore the benefits and applications of drone inspections in the context of home residential inspections. We will delve into the advantages of using drones, such as improved safety, enhanced efficiency, and cost-effectiveness. Additionally, we will discuss specific applications of drone inspections, including roof inspections, chimney inspections, facade inspections, and gutter and downspout inspections. 

However, it is important to recognize the limitations and considerations associated with drone inspections. We will explore factors such as weather conditions, flight restrictions, and legal and regulatory considerations.

By the end of this article, you will have a comprehensive understanding of the potential of drone inspections in home residential inspections and how they can contribute to more accurate and efficient assessments of properties.

What is Drone Inspection? 

A drone inspection involves the use of unmanned aerial vehicles equipped with cameras or sensors to capture high-resolution images and videos of a property. These images are then analyzed to assess the condition of various components of the property. A certified drone pilot operates the drone, ensuring compliance with regulations and safety standards.

Drones used for inspections are typically equipped with high-quality cameras that can capture detailed visuals from different angles and heights. Some advanced drones even incorporate thermal imaging and other sensors to detect heat signatures and identify potential issues that may not be visible to the naked eye.

The Benefits of Drone Inspections in Home Residential Inspections 

Drone inspections offer several benefits over traditional inspection methods. Let’s explore some of the key advantages:

Safety Advantages: Traditional inspections often involve accessing hazardous areas such as rooftops, steep slopes, or confined spaces. Drone inspections eliminate the need for physical access, reducing the risk of accidents and injuries for inspectors and homeowners. Inspectors can gather crucial data without endangering their safety.

Enhanced Efficiency and Accuracy: Drones provide a quick and comprehensive aerial view of a property, capturing detailed images and videos that can be analyzed later. This aerial perspective allows inspectors to identify potential issues that may not be easily visible from the ground. The high-resolution visuals captured by drones enable accurate documentation of the property’s condition, assisting in making informed decisions about repairs or maintenance.

Cost-Effectiveness: Drone inspections can lead to cost savings in multiple ways. Firstly, they eliminate the need for specialized equipment and personnel required for accessing challenging areas manually. Secondly, the time-saving capabilities of drones increase productivity, enabling inspectors to assess multiple properties in a shorter timeframe. Moreover, early identification of potential issues through drone inspections can prevent costly repairs or replacements in the future.

Applications of Drone Inspections in Home Residential Inspections 

Drone inspections have a wide range of applications in home residential inspections. Here are some specific areas where drone inspections prove to be highly beneficial:

Roof Inspections: Drones can efficiently assess the condition of rooftops, detecting signs of damage, leaks, or deterioration. With high-resolution imagery, inspectors can zoom in on specific areas and identify issues that may require attention. This enables homeowners and inspectors to make informed decisions regarding repairs or replacements.

Chimney Inspections: Inspecting chimneys can be challenging and potentially dangerous. Drones equipped with cameras and sensors can navigate around chimneys, evaluating their structural integrity. They can identify blockages, cracks, or other signs of damage, ensuring compliance with safety regulations.

Facade Inspections: Drones are particularly useful in assessing the exterior condition of buildings. They can capture detailed images of the facade, detecting cracks, signs of water damage, or other structural issues. This comprehensive assessment enables homeowners to address potential problems early on, preventing further damage and costly repairs.

Gutter and Downspout Inspections: Drones can inspect gutters and downspouts, which are critical for proper water drainage. They can identify clogs, damage, or improper installations, allowing homeowners to take necessary actions to maintain optimal functionality. By detecting and addressing issues promptly, drone inspections can prevent water-related damage to the property.

Pool and Spa Inspections: Drones equipped with waterproof cameras are ideal for inspecting pools and spas. They can capture images and videos of the entire pool area, including hard-to-reach corners and underwater components. Inspectors can evaluate the pool’s structural integrity, detect leaks, and assess the condition of equipment such as filters and pumps.

Property Surveying: Drones offer a cost-effective solution for conducting property surveys. They can capture aerial images and create detailed maps, providing valuable information about the property’s boundaries, topography, and potential encroachments. This data can be useful for homeowners, real estate agents, and land surveyors in various scenarios, such as property sales, land development, or boundary disputes.

Limitations and Considerations of Drone Inspections 

While drone inspections offer numerous benefits, there are some limitations and considerations to keep in mind:

Weather Conditions and Flight Restrictions: Adverse weather conditions, such as strong winds, heavy rain, or low visibility, can hinder drone flights. It is essential to ensure safe operating conditions for the drone and comply with regulations governing drone flights. Additionally, certain areas may have flight restrictions, such as airports or densely populated urban areas, which need to be considered when planning drone inspections.

Limitations in Accessing Confined Spaces or Interiors: Drones excel in capturing visuals of the external components of a property. However, they may have limitations when it comes to accessing confined spaces or interiors, such as crawl spaces, attics, or basements. In such cases, traditional inspection methods may still be necessary to ensure a comprehensive assessment.

Legal and Regulatory Considerations: Drone usage is subject to regulations and legal requirements set by aviation authorities and local governing bodies. It is crucial to understand and comply with these regulations, including obtaining necessary permits or certifications, ensuring the privacy of neighboring properties, and adhering to specific flight restrictions.


Drone inspections have revolutionized the field of home residential inspections, offering numerous benefits and applications. The use of drones enhances safety, improves efficiency, and provides cost-effective solutions for assessing the condition of properties. From roof inspections to chimney assessments and facade examinations, drones have proven to be invaluable tools in identifying potential issues and ensuring proactive maintenance.

While drone inspections have their limitations, such as weather restrictions and restricted access to confined spaces, integrating drones with traditional inspection methods can result in comprehensive assessments of residential properties.

As technology continues to advance, it is essential for home inspectors, homeowners, and industry professionals to embrace the potential of drone inspections. By leveraging the capabilities of drones, we can enhance the accuracy, efficiency, and safety of home residential inspections, leading to better-informed decisions, timely maintenance, and ultimately, more satisfied homeowners.


Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) – Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS): The official website of the FAA provides regulations, guidelines, and resources related to drone operations, including certification requirements for drone pilots.

National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) – Guidelines for Rooftop Inspections: The NRCA offers guidelines and best practices for conducting roof inspections, which can be adapted for drone inspections.

International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) – Drone Inspections in Residential Home Inspections: InterNACHI provides resources and articles on integrating drone inspections into residential home inspections, highlighting benefits and considerations.

 PropertyCasualty360 – The Role of Drones in Home Inspections: This article discusses the use of drones in home inspections and their potential benefits, including safety, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness.

National Association of Realtors (NAR) – Drones in Real Estate: NAR provides information on how drones are used in real estate, including home inspections, to enhance marketing and property assessment.

Construction Dive – Drones in Construction: This article explores the applications of drones in the construction industry, which can also be relevant to home residential inspections.

Journal of Construction Engineering and Management – Feasibility Study of Drone Technology for Bridge Inspection: This research paper investigates the feasibility of using drones for bridge inspections, highlighting the potential benefits and challenges associated with drone-based inspections.

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Michael Ford
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Located in Hubertus WI, Cornerstone has been trusted by home buyers to help them make informed buying decisions. Our home inspections typically range from 2.5-3.5 hours depending on the size of the house or condo. You are invited to follow along with your inspector as they perform their inspection.

We have achieved the distinction of Certified Master Inspector as determined by the Master Inspection Certification Board. All Cornerstone Inspectors are trained to these standards and operate under a Certified Master Inspector.

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Cornerstone follows the Wisconsin State Standards of Practice. We are fully licensed by the State of Wisconsin. State license number 2355-106.

We are fully insured, carrying both general liability as well as errors & omissions insurance, including agent and broker inspector referral coverage.

Whether you’re buying or selling a home, having a professional home inspection from a leading home inspection company will give you peace of mind and assist you in a fair and smooth transaction.




We now feature a computerized report that allows our inspectors to add pictures and comments to the report onsite. This type of report delivery allows for a more detailed explanation of the area of concern, giving you the knowledge to make an informed purchase decision. The computer report is then emailed directly to you and your realtor, saving precious time in the real estate transaction.


Cornerstone Home Inspections include our thermal imaging of the main electrical box to add even more value to our inspections at no additional cost. Please see our thermal imaging page for more information on what thermal imaging can do.


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Cornerstone follows the Wisconsin State Standards of Practice. We are fully licensed by the State of Wisconsin. State license number 2355-106.

We are fully insured, carrying both general liability as well as errors & omissions insurance, including agent and broker inspector referral coverage.

Whether you’re buying or selling a home, condo or commercial property, having a professional home inspection from a leading home inspection company will give you peace of mind and assist you in a fair and smooth transaction.

If you have any questions regarding your house, just call and we will answer it. If we can’t answer it right away, we will find the answer for you. At Cornerstone, your total satisfaction is our number one priority.

Call us today to book your next inspection.

For more information about Cornerstone Home Inspection and their inspection services, visit their website at https://www.cornerstonehi.com/ or call them at 262-607-CSHI to schedule an appointment.


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Drone missing shingle

Whenever possible, physically being on the roof is always the best way to evaluate it and we do that on most of our inspections.  There are times however when that is not possible and the drone can see things we can’t either from the ground or from the ladder at the eaves.  We offer drone evaluation included in our normal inspection pricing!

We are licensed through the FAA as a remote pilot, # 4285930.

Obviously with a roof that you can’t see the top of, missing or damaged shingles is always a concern.

Missing Duplex Shingles

Missing barn shingles








Curled Ridge Cap Shingles

Chimneys can be very expensive to repair and difficult to see.  This cap is cracked and the flue is damaged.  The chimney was too tall to see this from the ground.

Chimney cap and flue damage.


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