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What to consider for Visual Inspections

10/03/2021

Studio Victoria

4 minutes

Following on from our previous article where we explained what visual inspections are, this article will explore what you need to look for when considering getting a Visual Inspection by answering the following questions: What do you need to consider when getting a Visual Inspection for your business? Keep reading to make sure you hire the best company to help you to #ONEUPYOURBUSINESS!

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO CONSIDER WHEN GETTING A VISUAL INSPECTION FOR YOUR BUSINESS?

Visual Inspections can help your business become more efficient, safer, and productive as it involves assessing the conditions of your different types of assets. Whether you need a roof inspection, thermal inspection, or an exterior condition assessment, etc. Below we introduce several vital factors that you should consider when hiring a company to conduct a Visual Inspection of your asset.

IF THEY USE TRADITIONAL OR MODERN METHODS

Depending on the inspection, there are two different ways you can achieve a visual inspection: traditional or modern. The conventional method of conducting a visual inspection is done manually via the human senses, predominantly with the naked eye. However, the naked eye is not always dependable and can result in human errors, as eyesight cannot necessarily determine accurate and precise measurements. Depending on the inspection, there are modern methods of conducting an assessment involving cutting-edge technology to more accurate results. For example, a current process consists of drones where the inspector can attach equipment such as thermal imaging cameras, laser scanners, and multispectral sensors onto the drone to offer more flexibility and offer highly-detailed reports.

Knowing the differences between traditional and modern methods will help you decide which way best suits your needs and know what to expect when the inspection occurs.

THE TIME IT WILL TAKE TO CONDUCT AN INSPECTION

The time it will take for an inspection to be complete, an assessment will vary depending on what checks are being performed and what method is being used. For instance, Visual Inspections conducted by drones are most likely to produce comprehensive and highly detailed reports in a quicker time compared to traditional methods. To understand what will be required for the job and estimate how long it will take, it would be worth considering getting a quote.

A FREE QUOTE

A trustworthy inspector can answer questions you may have, including how long the job will take and what you will be receiving. Therefore, getting a quote before you hire anyone and before any work starts can give you clarity. You'll be able to ask questions, allowing you to avoid any surprises of additional costs later on.

GETTING EVERYTHING IN WRITING

After getting a free quote, it would be worth considering getting everything in writing if you decide to go with that company. Obtaining a written document that is signed, dated and details the inspection, e.g., the resources required, start and end date, duration of the job, warranty, payment methods etc., can provide you will a comprehensive understanding of what you will be getting and that once the Visual Inspection has been completed that is aligned with the document requirements and you got what was noted.

THE COST OF A VISUAL INSPECTION

Researching the costs of multiple potential companies can offer you an understanding of how much it will cost to get the Visual Inspection you need. It is worth noting that manual inspections tend to be costly as appointments may involve more than one trained individual. Shopping around and getting free consultations and quotes will help you determine a price.

WARRANTY

Another critical factor to consider is thoroughly reading over the warranty. The warranty explains what is covered if anything was to go wrong and what actions may void the warranty. Therefore, reading over the contract will ensure you know what's expected if any issues occur and if there's an expiration on the warranty.

THE LEVEL OF DETAIL AND ACCURACY IN REPORTS

Reports produced can be useful for many reasons, including dispute settlements, damage repair, insurance claims, or court evidence. However, regardless of what the purpose of the Visual Inspection is for the crucial element is that you get comprehensive, highly accurate and detailed reports of all the evidence that you need.

The traditional method and modern method can differ in terms of what levels of detail you may receive. As explained earlier, inspections conducted manually can entail human error as inspectors are reliant on their human senses, memory, and written notes. Assessments carried out by drones can allow data to integrate with different formats along with video and photographic evidence.

REACHABILITY

Knowing if what you want to assess is easy to get to or not could help you consider if a traditional or a drone survey would be best for you. For instance, if your asset is underwater, this type of inspection usually requires a team of specialised scuba divers. In contrast, if you were to hire a company that supports modern methods, an aquatic drone can reach around 100 metres underwater and deliver you different points of view of your asset, minimise risks, and cover more ground in less time, saving you money instead of adding it.

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