Drone Building Survey

London and Home Counties

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No Scaffolding

With a Drone Building Survey we can assess areas that are difficult to see from ground level

High Resolution Imagery

High quality photographic and video footage

Chartered Reports

We provide RICS accredited Survey Reports

CAA Approved Remote Pilots

Our Pilots are qualified with GVC Specific Category and are Insured.

Fast, Safe and Cost-Effective Building Surveys

Using a drone is an excellent way to assess areas that are difficult to see from ground level during building surveys. For example, parapet walls and box gutters are notoriously difficult to view or get to without scaffolding. Higher-level areas of masonry, brickwork, lintels and windows are also difficult to assess without close access.

A drone survey can assist greatly by taking high quality photographic and video footage which can be assessed from the desktop when compiling a report.

The footage, when assessed from the desktop without the constraints or access difficulties often associated with physical building inspections is a fast, safe and cost-effective way of undertaking thorough surveys of a property.

Please contact us to enquire further about how our drone surveys can assist you when carrying out building surveys.

FAQs on Drone Building Survey

What are the benefits of a drone building survey?

Compared to traditional methods of surveying defects and conditions of roofs and buildings, drone surveys are quicker, cost-effective and far less disruptive. Prior to using drones, defects at roof level required scaffolding to be erected just for diagnostic purposes. This increased the time, cost and disruption caused to owners and users of the property alike.

By using state of the art drones equipped with high-quality zoom cameras, difficult areas of a building can be surveyed easily and safely, with high-quality footage enabling detailed analysis both on-site, and at the desktop when a more considered approach may be needed to completely understand the true cause of a defect.

How long does a drone survey take?

The actual survey itself takes about an hour, and there are strict procedures to follow in relation to the actual time the survey can take place. However, there are certain pre-flight permissions to seek and paperwork to complete before the actual flight takes place. Our fixed fee price will allow for all of this to ensure full compliance with the relevant authorities is obtained prior to the flight taking place.

What type of footage is taken?

We will take both aerial videos and photos of the relevant areas. High resolution coloured digital photos and 4k video (if needed) are included. You will receive a link to all footage for you to download and keep for future reference.

Do I just get videos and photos, or do I get further advice?

The choice is yours. Some clients wish to have the footage passed on to themselves for their own analysis. If desired, we can obtain an expert detailed report from a Chartered Surveyor that accompanies the footage we take. We are partners with Silver Grey Chartered Surveyors, a RICS regulated firm that can compile a report for you if you wish.

How much does a drone survey cost?

Prices start from £495 + VAT.

Are the drone pilots qualified?

Yes, all our drone pilots are fully qualified for commercial drone flights, and we comply fully with all requirements that the regulatory authorities insist on. We are also fully insured.

Will the weather affect when a survey can take place?

As with any form of flight, the weather plays a big part. For drone surveys, the weather has to be dry and the conditions calm. Rainy and windy weather are not suitable conditions for a successful and safe drone survey. Survey dates are subject to change depending on the weather conditions.

What are the Health & Safety benefits?

Less physical manual inspections at a high level mean less risk of injury, it’s as simple as that. Dangerous structures may not always be apparent at first glance, so analysis of high-quality footage before physically stepping onto a roof or a structure at a high level will enable a thorough risk analysis and method statement to be carried out.