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The Power of Drones: Safer, More Cost-Effective, and Faster Property Inspections

When it comes to property inspections, traditional methods can be time-consuming, expensive, and pose safety risks for employees. However, drone imagery and data have revolutionized the inspection process, offering a safer, more cost-effective, and faster alternative. In this post, we will explore the key advantages of using drones for property inspections, backed by real-world data and statistics.


Safer Inspections

Using drones to inspect rooftops and properties can help businesses save money on workers' compensation claims and create a safer work environment for their employees. According to the National Safety Council, falls are the leading cause of workplace fatalities and account for over 30% of all occupational deaths. Roof inspections often require employees to climb ladders or walk on steep and uneven surfaces, putting them at risk for serious injury or death.

In the US, the average cost per workers' compensation claim from falls is $48,575, and on-job falls had the highest median cost of any type of injury. By utilizing drones for roof inspections, businesses can reduce the need for employees to physically climb on roofs, thereby reducing the risk of falls and potential injuries. This not only promotes a safer work environment but can also significantly reduce the likelihood of costly workers' compensation claims.

By identifying potential hazards or maintenance issues early on, property owners can address them before they lead to claims, which can lower insurance costs in the long run.

By capturing detailed visual data of properties, commercial real estate owners can present insurers with accurate risk assessments, leading to more precise insurance quotes. In the event of a claim, drone imagery provides insurers with crucial information for faster and more efficient claims processing. Compliance with building codes and safety regulations, demonstrated through drone imagery, can also improve insurance ratings and potentially lower premiums.

Some clients report saving 2-3% on their insurance premiums through our drone inspection services. The use of drones in property inspections not only enhances safety but also helps save on insurance claims, providing tangible financial benefits to businesses.

Faster Inspections

Speed is a valuable asset in property inspections, and drones excel in this aspect. According to a study by Deloitte, drones can increase inspection efficiency by 85% compared to traditional methods. With reduced labor costs (up to 50% according to PwC) and rapid deployment, drone inspections offer unparalleled efficiency.

Inspecting a 100,000 square foot roof 1 acre parking lot can take a full day using manual, traditional inspection methods, while a drone-based inspection can be completed in a fraction of the time. The time saved with drone inspections translates into increased productivity, allowing businesses to allocate resources more effectively and reduce overall project timelines.

Cost Savings

Drones bring significant cost savings to property inspections. Compared to traditional methods that involve expensive equipment and labor-intensive processes, drones require minimal equipment costs, reducing expenses by up to 90% according to Goldman Sachs. By using Zeitview, you avoid the upfront investment of purchasing a drone (ranging from $1,000 to $10,000) and ongoing expenses like maintenance, software updates, licensing, and insurance Alternatively, those who do own their own drones can use Zeitview’s self-capture flight application and have access to all the tools on the Insights Platform..

Sending internal personnel to inspect properties can result in substantial costs, reaching nearly $1000 per day when considering expenses such as hotel accommodations, rental cars, per diem, flights, and equipment rentals (ladders/scaffolding/cherry pickers). With Zeitview’s locally-based skilled drone pilots, you eliminate these expenses, saving both time and money. No more coordinating travel logistics, managing per diems, or dealing with equipment rentals.

Additionally, drone inspections eliminate the need for licensing and training expenses. Obtaining a commercial drone pilot license from the FAA involves time, effort, and financial investment, but with our licensed and experienced drone operators, you can bypass these expenses and focus on your core business operations.

Better Data Analysis

Drones provide extensive and accurate data that can be utilized for effective analysis. By leveraging Zeitview’s AI/ML algorithms for anomaly detection, drone-collected data can be analyzed with unparalleled precision. Real-time identification of subtle anomalies enables early detection of potential issues, allowing for proactive maintenance strategies. According to PwC, drones can reduce maintenance costs by up to 15%, optimizing budgets and enhancing asset longevity.

Furthermore, drones can collect large amounts of data quickly and accurately, which can be used to identify potential issues and prioritize repairs. This data-driven approach reduces the likelihood of unexpected failures or costly downtime. By analyzing the data collected by drones, property owners and managers can make informed decisions, optimize maintenance schedules, and allocate resources more efficiently, ultimately reducing costs and improving operational efficiency.

In conclusion, drones have transformed property inspections, offering a safer, more cost-effective, and faster approach. By embracing drone technology, businesses can reduce the risk of workplace injuries, achieve significant cost savings, and enhance data-driven decision-making. 

As the industry continues to evolve, leveraging drones for property inspections is a wise investment in safety, efficiency, and overall business success. By leveraging Zeitview’s analytics platform and nationwide network of drone pilots, businesses can improve workplace safety, streamline operations, and gain a competitive edge in the market. Embrace the future of property inspections and unlock the full potential of your business by choosing our trusted drone inspection services.

Nick LaBounty
Nick LaBounty

Nick is a Sr. Account Executive at Zeitview, focused on the real estate and property management verticals. He joined the company in 2016, and has extensive experience working in the drone and advanced inspection industry. Nick holds an economics degree from UCLA.

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