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nickmarr Drones to sell homes?
We are always looking for new and innovative ways of doing things, from getting around in driverless cars to wearable tech, but are all of these actually necessary? As a society it is important that we look towards the next big thing but sometimes it appears we are using tech simply for the fun of it.

For example, estate agents are now using drones to help sell homes and showcase them to buyers, and while it’s a nice notion – being able to see an aerial view of the house and its grounds – it’s highly unnecessary.

While sales agents might argue that “drones are perfect for capturing unique perspectives of our properties that you would never see otherwise”, as Max Girdler of Fine & Country put it in an interview with Wales Online, it’s highly unlikely we will want to see what the roof looks like from above or want to zoom in from space to the house we’re viewing. Isn't it?

What’s wrong with a simple floor plan and a high quality image of each room?

It’s true that as consumers we are always happy to experience new and innovative ways of digesting information and a drone video for a property might attract our attention but it would not add to our thoughts on the property. It’s simply a fun way of viewing it before actually booking a viewing – which is when the real decisions are made.

Other technology being used to benefit house sales is Skype and FaceTime via iPad, which make sense because they allow potential buyers unable to visit the property to enjoy a guided tour. They can ask any questions as the agent walks them through the rooms.

Google Glass could also make an appearance when it comes to showing viewers around a property who can’t actually be there. The Telegraph put together a great example video of how this could work and it looks to be much more effective than a drone could ever be when it comes to looking round a property.

A glossy video might not highlight underlying issues with the property (besides whether a couple of tiles are coming off the roof or an old football is stuck in the gutter) or actually how small spaces are - we all know estate agents tailor their marketing material so it appears more attractive than it perhaps is.

Drones might work best for those £1million properties, whose house buyers are looking for a bit of glamour and probably a glass of champers when they view the place. But for the everyday buyer, drones seem like an unnecessary addition to the fees the estates charge for arranging viewings on your home.

Some might argue that the use of drones can help those who don’t live locally see the area around the property, but Google Maps and street view can offer the same sort of experience, allowing you to take a good look round the local area.

Using drones as a way of selling our homes is a novelty concept that could quickly die out, so put the remote control away and go back to using your DSLR.