Five Reasons Why Drones Are Essential in Real Estate

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Unless you have been living in the bush, you probably know about drones. Your favourite YouTuber uses them, photographers use them, and your neighbor’s kid probably has one too. Drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), have revolutionized various industries, and the real estate sector is no exception. Here are five reasons why drones are extensively used in real estate:

Photography and videography: Drones can be used to capture aerial footage and photos of a property, providing a unique perspective and showcasing the property’s surroundings and features. This can be especially useful for properties with large plots of land or properties with unique architectural features.

Inspections: Drones can be used to inspect the exterior of a property, including the roof, gutters, and siding, without the need for scaffolding or other equipment. This can be a safer and more cost-effective option for inspections, especially for properties that are difficult to access. This includes commercial properties like high-rise buildings. Drones are being approved as an official inspection protocol by many cities across the world. And in Nigeria, this will become critical as building collapses continue to plague the country.

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Marketing: Real estate at its core, is all about marketing. Who clicks on a property listing if there are no or few bad pictures? Drones can be used to create visually stunning marketing materials for a property, including promotional videos and interactive 3D models. This can help to attract potential buyers and give them a better understanding of the property.

Mapping: Drones can be used to create detailed maps of a property, including topographic maps and 3D models. This can be useful for planning purposes, such as determining the best location for a new building or identifying potential hazards on the property.

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Monitoring: Drones can be used to monitor a property for security purposes, or to keep track of construction progress. They can also be used to monitor agricultural land, allowing farmers to keep track of crop growth and identify any potential problems.

Fly Right

If you are in real estate and you are not using or hiring someone that uses a drone – you are behind. Drones have been around for a long time and will continue to play a vital role in real estate in Nigeria. They are relatively cheap now, they are small and easy to operate. One thing to consider is that many areas in Nigeria frown on drones being flown over their spaces. So be careful and respectful when flying.

Roman Kingsley

Journalist based in the United States and Nigeria, focusing on Real Estate Development and the stories emerging in and around the built environment.

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