As the world of real estate and real estate inspections change, the competition in the home inspection business is heating up. Actually, it’s been heating up for a long time now. Inspectors are constantly on the look out for the next hot tip or technique that will give them a leg up on the competition. Currently it seems infrared thermal imaging cameras are the hot ticket.
More and more home inspectors are signing up to take training classes and investing in state of the art infrared cameras in hopes of cashing in on this trend. You yourself may be considering this very move. But how do you go about choosing the right infrared thermal imaging camera? Here are a few tips to consider before taking the plunge.
First off, ask around and see if there are other inspectors in your area who are using infrared cameras. If they are, ask if you could do a ride along and watch them use it and maybe let you examine it. Chances are, if you’re a local guy, they’re gonna say no. You may have to ask some one else over in the next town or two before you find someone willing to do this. But keep looking because some one will.
Next, shop around and get yourself acquainted with all the different brands and models of thermal imaging cameras. You have models that start out around six hundred dollars all the way up to 20 thousand doallars and beyond! Which one is right for the job you’ll be using it for? You don’t want ot over pay and you don’t want to buy the wrong camera. This is why it’s important that you thoroughly research cameras and familiarize yourself with them.
Before plunking down a chunk of change on a camera, you should seriously look into getting some training. Chances are the Instructors or School will have a variety of cameras on hand to look at. Not only will you be getting modernized training on the latest thermal cameras, you’ll be getting to see all the features from several manufacturers. This can be invaluable when it comes time to buy yours.
Look at how you’ll be using the infrared camera. Will you be mainly looking for water intrusion or will you also be looking for things such as insect damage or perhaps inefficient amounts of insulation in the walls and ceilings? All these will have an impact on which type of thermal imaging camera you buy.
Lastly, remember that the most expensive brand or model is not necessarily the best for you. The latest point and shoot cameras from Flir and others make it easy to use their imaging equipment. One of these models may be just what you need if you only inspect residential homes.
On the other hand, they may not be sufficient if you do a lot of commercial type inspections. Fortunately Flir is the leader in thermal imaging and can meet your needs no matter how large the job is. Just remember to take all these tips into account before buying your first or your next infrared camera.