Pros & Cons of Drones For Real Estate


Major benefits are included with hiring a professional photographer & UAV pilot while listing and selling a home.

  • First things first, drones allow you to show your potential buyers the full exterior of the house without any of the long process of meeting a client at the house, having them walk around and still not being able to see difficult places to reach (roof, angled areas, etc). With a drone, you can see it all within just a few minutes and your buyer could be sitting in another country watching the video.

  • Drones also give you the ability to capture unique shots of the plot of land you can’t get from any standard DSLR. A close-up bird's eye view, a 360 panorama outside the house, a slow-zoom directly down the street - none of these were possible before the drone. It can be done to some extend with a normal camera, but you won’t be able to get the quality views a drone can get.

  • The drone’s ability to capture video also means you can be far more concise with your content. No need for an entire album of photos of the site - one exterior video will do it. With a combination of photos and videos you can showcase an entire house with ease.

  • They can give up-close, focused details of certain parts of the house that a photographer would be unable to reach: windows and upper floors are now far easier to capture than before. Chimneys, roofs, other difficult areas to reach.

  • Smaller drones can also be used to show the interior of a house (with an adequately skilled pilot of course), giving you the ability to capture wider angles and more dynamic shots of living space.

  • Lastly, it’s been proven that homes that use aerial photography sell 68% faster than those without (MLS stat)


With the good, there is always a few things to be aware of when hiring a UAV pilot.

  • Obviously, you have to find someone skilled enough to use the drone as well as certified with the FAA to do it properly, and if you’re wanting to buy one yourself they can often come in at pretty expensive prices.

  • Drones are usually relatively loud, so you’ll need the permission of neighbours and you’ll probably want clearance with anyone that has small children or animals in and around the area, if necessary.

  • Drones are also a bit difficult in legal terms of when you have clearance to fly them. It’s forbidden to fly within certain areas, over a congested area, near airfields, etc etc. You need someone who knows what they’re doing and is FAA certified which can be hard to find.

  • The cost to hire a drone can range from $100-$1,500+ depending on what you’re doing. You can see our services at start out with FAA certified pilots at just $99 for a standard photo shoot of the exterior.

Overall, drones within real estate are a great way to showcase a property. It’s clear that the pros outweigh the cons. It’s important you know your pilot is qualified and insured during the flight. Contact us at to learn more about how we can help you in the greater Columbus area!