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  1. This week, I really was surprised when I sent my drone up to inspect my roof. Late last summer or early fall, I had my roof replaced. Everything looked fine from the ground, but one day early this month, June 2018, I went out during a heavy rain and noticed that one of four downspouts had nothing coming out of it. I knew that I had had professionals install gutter helmet on the upper level, so I was sure I was good there. However, to save money some 20+ years ago, I put a gutter guard on the lower levels myself. Those protections have saved me a lot of scary times of cleaning gutters. In June, I went up on a ladder and discovered that my gutter guard was completely missing--there was no protection at all. So, the gutter was full of gumballs and pine cones and leaves and no water could flow at all. So, this week, I sent my drone up to look at the top gutters, and sure enough, there was no trace of the very expensive gutter guards that I had professionally installed. They had completely been replaced with a cheap plastic gutter cover, and now this spring, they were beginning to deteriorate. Soon, they won't do any good at all. Unfortunately, I cannot locate my receipts for gutter helmet, so it would be my word against the roofer's that I ever had anything there. Which brings me to the reason for this topic. I'm wondering if anyone is doing any businesses with roofers, or gutter protection folks, or homeowners? For roofers, a before and after survey would protect them from homeowners claiming shoddy work. For gutter protection folks, a scan would protect them from complaints that their gutter protection did not work. For homeowners, a before-shingling and after-shingling scan would protect them from having to prove that they were getting shoddy work. The big question is pricing for this kind of job. It's not likely you could charge $2,000/day for something like this. It only takes 20-30 minutes to do a complete scan. Maybe something on the order of $100 or so would cover it and not scare people off. Maybe that's too low ball, especially for really expensive houses. It's a thought. You may ask why I don't do it? Well, I'm 74 years old and my business days are pretty much in the past. Also, I would need a lot more practice and flying time to have the confidence to do anything commercially.