There are several things to think about when deciding if drone photography will work for your property/listing. Most of the homes that I've been asked to photograph with the drone have been great candidates and have worked out well. There have been a few times when safety was a concern and I wasn't able to fly the drone. Here are some things that I've come across while shooting in Eugene Oregon and surrounding areas...
1- is there a busy road in front of the home?
2- are there power lines that will prevent a drone from flying near the property? I was photographing a home that was on a hill and it would have really benefited from drone photography. Unfortunately it was on a very busy road and the sidewalk across the street had power lines right above it. I was able to get a shot from the backyard and a side shot from the front yard, but wasn't able to shoot from across the street as I would have liked to.
3- are there tall trees near the house or water that will make it too difficult for the drone to take off? I have encountered this a couple times- once in Eugene where the property was surrounded by tall trees and I would have had to fly over the nearby neighbor's property to get a shot. Another time was near the river at a home in Oakridge. The tall trees and long branches made it too difficult to take off from where I was.
4- is there livestock nearby that could be spooked by the drone? I was taking pictures of small acreage in Springfield and there was a very attentive horse in the next pasture over. I did a short flight at first to make sure he wasn't going to spook, and then was able to continue with the flight.
5- is the property in a controlled airspace? If it's close to an airport or if there's a big public event taking place in the area, it's a possibility. This is something that I can check on and request permission to fly in- but it takes time to get permission granted, and is definitely a consideration.
I'm sure there are other considerations I haven't come across yet.. feel free to add your experiences or things that you have thought of.
I've been a real estate photographer in Oregon for 12 years. I do still photography and virtual tours. I recently passed the FAA Certification test for drones and am so happy with the aerial shots I'm able to take. I'm a licensed real estate agent, as well, but spend a lot of time photographing for other agents, which I love. I really enjoy putting together the different angles to show properties to their potential. I live in beautiful Fall Creek, Oregon- and spend a lot of time photographing real estate in Eugene, Springfield, and surrounding areas.