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Anyone else using drones for aerial photos of properties and roofs?
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I haven't heard of anyone doing this but if it works, go for it.
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To time consuming for commercial licenses. Eagleview or Roof-in-sight works for me
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I am, we get a nice rate from some realtors for aerial views and fly-arounds of properties. Many of them use the fly-arounds in their listings. Offer something someone else doesn't do, and you might get a foot in the door for something else. Our drone has been a great purchase. (DJI Phantom Standard- nothing too fancy.
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I can see that for the "cool factor " but the satellites do a much better job in most conditions. We had s DJI Phantom 3 that we sold a couple months ago cuz it collected dust.
For the rural folks on this forum: the fella who purchased our drone uses it to take pics of farmsteads then mats the pictures and puts in a nice frame and sells them to the farmers. The been doing it for years from helicopters and planes. They sell for $350 for a large picture. He said he sells 7-8 avg per week.
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I can see that for the "cool factor " but the satellites do a much better job in most conditions. We had s DJI Phantom 3 that we sold a couple months ago cuz it collected dust.
For the rural folks on this forum: the fella who purchased our drone uses it to take pics of farmsteads then mats the pictures and puts in a nice frame and sells them to the farmers. The been doing it for years from helicopters and planes. They sell for $350 for a large picture. He said he sells 7-8 avg per week.
I had a guy show up on my place a few years back with an arial photo. He was a first class ahole. I had always wanted a good pic of my acreage from the air, but I had no idea he was doing this, let alone when. He happened to shoot the pictur on the day I was cleaning the garage and I had crap strung out from here to there and all over the yard. Told him I'd like a decent pic but I wasn't dropping $300 on that. He offered it for $250, then $200, then $150. He then ran his mouth off about "people like me" that won't allow him to keep his plane in the air. I told him to get the hell off my property. He wadded up the print (was not framed) and threw it in his '79 Trans Am. He took off and put his foot in the firewall leaving 1/2 my gravel drive in the yard. I went for my truck to run him down but the wife had that look in her eye when she said "NO!"

Looking at ebay now and it looks like you can get a decent basic drone for $300-$400. Christmas?
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Lol. This guy showed up in a $4-500,000 motorhome who bought the drone. Must sell a lot more pics
The fella told me there were contracts you could bid on for utility line inspections that used to be done by helicopter and he had bid on several contracts through N-S Dakota and Wyoming.
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Been thinking about this drone thing....

When I met my wife 17 years ago she was sporting a very nice bag phone. Nice leather case....sexy. Most of the time it stayed in her car but now and then she'd throw it over her shoulder and take it with her. What was the problem? It was too big, a bit clumsy, limited battery life, and limited range of service, not to mention a bit spendy.

Got to thinking, those are almost the exact same challenges drones have, that have been overcome with cell phones, and drones will follow suit. These things will change the world as we know it. Might as well learn how to use them now and stay up to date instead of playing catch up later.

Just wondering if my grand kids will go to prom in drone? Entirely possible.

Here, check this one out. Completely integrated with Google.
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Lol The old timers scoffed at the motorized wagon too

I have no doubt the drones will take over BUT not the aerial kind, at least in my lifetime I don't think. The drone that is revolutionary is the one the zooms threw your arteries- kinda like the movie version a couple decades ago.
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I know serverso that are using drones and getting paid very well both on that real estate side and the commercial insurance inspections. One person I know that makes anywhere from $1000.00-3500.00 week in provide arrange of services and using their drones. It's a very up incoming service and growing quickly. The ones that fail to see the Value of the service are going to be the ones whom will be out of business very quickly.
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