Importance of thermal imaging to prospective property buyers

13 April 2016
 Categories: Real Estate, Blog


Probably you have come across what you refer to a dream house. You can envision your family residing in apparently perfect property. However, are you certain whether the property is a duff or a steal? Only a home building inspection report performed by a certified home inspector can give you the assurance and make sure your dream house doesn't become a nightmare. Remember, a home is a large investment so you don't want any nasty surprises in the future. While there's no assurance that nothing will be overlooked during a visual inspection, thermal imaging brings you a lot closer to not missing anything during home inspection. To potential home buyers, this begs the question: do you prefer to hire a home inspector who offers thermal imaging or take the risk of going with one who doesn't?

What's thermal imaging?

Simply put, thermal imaging involves inspecting and recording real surface temperatures and anomalies witnessed at surfaces including ceilings, walls, floors, pipes, ducts and so on. Consider it as a thermometer attached with a television. Rather than mercury rising up and down the marks, the temperature is converted into a visual photograph. With the use of a high resolution camera or thermal imager, the home inspector can see and interpret surface temperatures to ascertain what is happening in areas that cannot readily be inspected without invasive assessments. This is time and cost-effective.

Importance of thermal inspections

All objects and surfaces release energy in heat form. Thermal imaging helps the home inspector to observe this energy and read into the findings or the irregularities observed. Without help from this technology, it's almost impossible to see the important information available from the surface temperatures. By seeing these surface temperatures, home inspectors can accurately detect a wide range of property problems unseen to the naked eye, such as:

  • Moisture invasion in the construction exterior
  • Water leaks nearby doors and windows
  • Plumbing leaks in the house around sinks, pipes and toilets
  • Faulty electrical systems
  • Air leaks
  • Poor insulation in walls and ceilings
  • Poor insulation on air conditioning ducts
  • Pest infestations

Through thermal imaging technology, inspectors (like those at Safe House Property Consultants) can accurately identify problematic areas within the house. As a potential buyer, thermal imaging inspection reports will help you ascertain the real value of the property prior to parting with your hard-earned cash. Additionally, it may help you negotiate a price reduction should the house have flaws or pull out altogether from the transaction having discovered the anomalies.


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