It is getting close to that time of year when I start dwelling on new equipment for my home and building inspection business. I have been thinking about purchasing an infrared camera to use on my inspections which are mostly residential homes.
However, I am not sure how infrared cameras are perceived by real estate agents and brokers. This is where I need your input. If you are not familiar with these cameras, what they do is take a picture of invisible infrared or "heat" radiation also known as thermal imaging. The camera is a remarkable diagnostic tool for inspectors as it can indicate problems not visible to the naked eye. For instance, water leakage can be detected through a roof, wall or window with no interior evidence that the leakage even exists. We all know what problems water may cause (can you say mold) and the liability it presents.
It is also possible to use the camera for energy loss issues (think green) such as missing insulation and improper operation of air conditioners and heat pumps. There are safety uses too, such as locating overheating electrical wires inside walls or other faulty electrical components.
Now that you are up to speed on what thermal imaging can do, I think you are starting to get the picture (no pun intended). Using infrared cameras for home inspections will find more problems. And with more problems, selling properties may become increasingly difficult and more deals may not close due to the seller's unwillingness to negotiate repairs.
This is my dilemma. Although my inspections already are high quality, an infrared camera will help me provide an even better inspection. But I am not sure an infrared camera can help me grow my business with real estate agents and brokers. Do you want this technology - yes or no?
Glen Fisher email@example.com