Three Tips When Using Drones for Real Estate

February 10, 2022

Enterprise Insights estimates there were approximately 88 million drone flights in 2019.

If you’re considering hiring an aerial drone photographer for video or still photographs, there are a few possibilities to consider. Not all vendors are the same, and not all photographers with a drone are certified.

In our experience, we’ve found there are at least three things to consider when using drones for real estate purposes.  

First, you want to make sure that the vendor you choose is certified and insured. This is important for that rare occasion when a drone falls out of the sky and damages someone’s property, or worse.    

In 2018, the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act (P. L. 115-254) repealed Section 333 and replaced it with Section 44807, which requires an exemption application for those wanting to fly drones for commercial purposes.

In April 2021, the rules about flying at night and flying over people and moving vehicles changed, according to

“If you have a small drone that is less than 55 pounds, you can fly for work or business by following the Part 107 guidelines,” according to the site. This information is followed by 3 main steps required under Part 107, which include following the rules, becoming an FAA-certified drone pilot by passing the knowledge test and registering your drone with the FAA.

Second, while there is no law in the U.S. requiring drone insurance, it is recommended. This not only covers the client’s property, but should also cover the drone itself should anything happen to it while on an appointment. 

And, lastly, be aware of requests made to drone operators. While everyone wants the best results right away, factors like weather or proximity to airports might impact the desired outcome of a drone appointment.

Be sure to communicate as clearly as possible with your clients so everyone has the best possible experience with getting photography and videos to be used for real estate purposes.