Using a sUAS on Home Inspections

By Randy Yates, Training Consultant Administrator, NPI/GPI Corporate Office


After three years of anticipation the time has finally arrived where it is legal and feasible to use a sUAS, better known as a drone to do aerial video and photography for roof inspections for residential and commercial properties.  There are some things that you must do, the biggest being taking and passing the airman’s knowledge test. Without passing the test you cannot use a drone commercially.

How do you know what to study for to take the test?  I would highly recommend taking a training course from a couple of options.  I took a flight and ground school course from which may be the way you would want to go.  There is also a course available on-line if you can learn from that type of training from for the low price of $99.00, lifetime ownership, which may be worth the investment considering you will have to renew your sUAS pilot’s license every 24 months.  They claim they will be updating their course as the FAA changes the rules.

Even if you choose to fly a drone for hobby or recreation you MUST register your drone if it weighs more than 0.5lbs. and less than 55lbs.  Failure to register your drone could cost you a fine of up to $30000.00 and possible imprisonment.

You must carry insurance in case you have an accident.  More details to follow in my next post on which drone should I use.

Yates PhotoWith more than 10 years of experience in his current position and over 30 years of experience in remodeling and contracting, Randy Yates provides technical training to new NPI/GPI inspectors and provides field support to all NPI/GPI inspectors.

NPI and GPI home inspectors have the tools and knowledge to assess your home from roof to foundation. Consult with your local NPI or GPI inspector for your next home inspection.

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National Property Inspections Franchisees Welcomes Four New Franchise Owners in January

Picture2National Property Inspections, Inc., parent company of National Property Inspections in the United States and Global Property Inspections in Canada, is pleased to announce four new franchise owners in January who will take the NPI brand to new areas:

  • James Dunlap from Anacortes, Washington, will have franchise territory covering Snohomish County in Washington.
  • Gary Hudkins of Cornelius, North Carolina, will have franchise territory covering Cabarrus and Rowan counties in North Carolina.
  • Jared Jackson from Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, will have territory covering Coeur d’ Alene and a portion of southern Spokane County in Washington.
  • Steve Stavros of Oak Harbor, Washington, will have franchise territory in Whatcom County, San Juan County, Island County, Skagit County and Snohomish County in Washington.

“Our January class is a talented, intelligent group of young men,” said Roland Bates, president of NPI. “Based on the time I spent with them and their performance during training, I feel they will work hard to get their businesses up and running, and they’ll all be very successful. These are exciting times for us as we grow our business and bring NPI franchises to new territory.”

Dunlap, Hudkins, Jackson and Stavros completed NPI’s intensive 120-hour training program this month at the National Property Inspections, Inc., headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska, and will undergo field training with experienced NPI franchise owners in their regions as they study for their national and state licensing exams.

For information about franchising with NPI or GPI, visit in the United States, or in Canada.


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