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3 Things to Consider Before Hiring a Drone Pilot

Aerial Real Estate Photography ~ Hiring a Drone Pilot

By Scott Painter   August 22, 2015

As we all know there are lots of marketing strategies pulling for your attention. When deciding which to employ and which to put off until later one is wise to consider the risk involved, financially and otherwise. With the explosion of aerial real estate photography it is important to know some key facts before hiring a drone pilot.

Drones are being applied in marketing for many industries. Very soon, Amazon will even start delivering packages using drones. Aerial Real Estate Photography has become the hottest new thing and realtors are not left out as they are harnessing the potential of drones in capturing real estate aerial video. Before you know what is happening, drones will become more popular than ever imagined. According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the drone industry is estimated to become an $82 billion industry by 2025.

Drones can have cameras that can capture surprisingly high quality pictures and video. The importance of drones in real estate is quite obvious; drone pilots are able to capture scenes of the estate from any desired angle and height. It can also be used to create a new viewing experience for buyers.

Hiring A Drone Pilot

When hiring a drone pilot you should know that presently, it is against FAA rules to fly a drone for commercial use unless you have qualified for an FAA 333 exemption. Nevertheless, that does not halt lay people from both capturing and selling real estate video.

Before hiring a drone pilot and harnessing the full potential of these new devices, there are some essentials things you need to know.

Not All Drone Pilots Are Created Equal

Don’t judge by possession. It will be unwise of you to consider a person a professional drone pilot because you saw such person with a GoPro mounted to a drone. Just as it would be a mistake to think that your aerial real estate video should be captured by your friend’s, friend who has a drone and flies it as a hobby. Before you hire any drone pilot, you need to ask for evidence of their good works, samples of previous works, liability insurance, license, registration, and their FAA exemption. Hiring a drone pilot without any or all of the above qualifications may save you some money upfront but puts you at a great risk.

It’s All about Video Editing

An individual may be a professional in piloting drones but may actually be bad at editing video. So, that a person is a professional drone pilot doesn’t imply that he or she is good at photography or video editing. An awesome videography is not limited to perfect drone piloting, the most important aspect is video editing. The drone pilot will have to cut and merge the videos together. If the pilot does not have the artistic skill of editing video, the quality of the resulting video will not be good.

Flying Real Estate Drones Indoors

 Aerial Real Estate photography can stretch your customer’s imaginations. It is great to fly a drone outdoors or around estates but consider the unique perspective that can be created by flying the drone thru the house. You shouldn’t expect less than this experience from a professional drone pilot. Flying the drones through the rooms of an estate and then out the door to have an overview of the neighborhood gives the estate a cutting edge. This can help set your listing apart in the myriad of listings. This is true, for both your every day home, as well as that extraordinary estate. Help your buyers imagine themselves living in your next listing by painting the story with aerial real estate photography and videos.   As real estate agents you are familiar with building a great team around you to support the buying and selling of your listings, in this new day and age that should include hiring a drone pilot who has all the necessary credentials.

Aerial Real Estate photography can stretch your customer’s imaginations. It is great to fly a drone outdoors or around estates but consider the unique perspective that can be created by flying the drone thru the house. You shouldn’t expect less than this experience from a professional drone pilot. Flying the drones through the rooms of an estate and then out the door to have an overview of the neighborhood gives the estate a cutting edge. This can help set your listing apart in the myriad of listings. This is true, for both your every day home, as well as that extraordinary estate. Help your buyers imagine themselves living in your next listing by painting the story with aerial real estate photography and videos.

 

As real estate agents you are familiar with building a great team around you to support the buying and selling of your listings, in this new day and age that should include hiring a drone pilot who has all the necessary credentials.

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