Going up: Drones play a bigger role in residential, commercial real estate

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, what is the value of aerial photography and video captured by today’s unmanned aircraft systems, aka drones?

In residential and commercial real estate, the demand for drone services continues to rise, and uses have expanded beyond producing photos for marketing materials.

From help with safety planning before heavy equipment is brought into a new site to quick checks of subcontractor progress on a project, the broader range of what drones can do on construction sites helps justify the expense for those companies buying their own drones.

Meanwhile, more photographers also are getting approvals from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to legally take pictures from the sky. This is bolstering the value of their work to residential and commercial clients who may not be interested in getting licensed to fly their own drones.

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