How to conduct a virtual remote video building inspection

by | Mar 29, 2023 | Property Inspection Advice

Virtual inspections, also known as Remote Virtual Inspections (RVIs), have become increasingly popular due to their efficiency and convenience.

These inspections are typically used when the object being inspected is inaccessible or in a hazardous environment, or when circumstances or conditions make an in-person inspection impossible.

To perform a virtual inspection, it is important to have access to a handheld device, such as a smartphone or tablet, with capabilities for real-time communication of videos and photos.

It is also important to have a reliable internet connection to ensure smooth and uninterrupted communication.

They have become increasingly popular due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has made it challenging to conduct in-person inspections.

Here are the main steps to conducting a virtual remote video building inspection:

Schedule a video inspection appointment:

Coordinate with the building owner or occupant to schedule a virtual video inspection appointment. Confirm the date and time of the appointment, and exchange contact information.

Establish a video call platform:

Agree on a video call platform that both parties are comfortable with, such as Zoom, Google Meet, or Skype. Ensure that both parties have a reliable internet connection and that the platform is compatible with their devices.

Determine the scope of the inspection:

Define the scope of the virtual inspection. Decide what areas of the building will be inspected, what issues will be evaluated, and what documentation will be required.

Gather information: Request information from the building owner or occupant, such as blueprints, permits, and other documentation that may be relevant to the inspection.

Prepare an inspection checklist:

Develop an inspection checklist that covers all the relevant areas to be inspected, including plumbing, electrical, HVAC, and structural components.

Review inspection checklist with building owner or occupant: Share the inspection checklist with the building owner or occupant and review it together to ensure that both parties understand the inspection requirements and expectations.

Conduct the virtual inspection:

During the virtual inspection, guide the building owner or occupant to move their camera throughout the building to capture the necessary footage. Use the checklist as a guide to ensure that all areas are covered and documented.

Record the virtual inspection:

Record the virtual inspection for future reference, in case there is a need to review the inspection findings or documentation.

Communicate the inspection findings:

After the virtual inspection, provide a detailed report of the inspection findings to the building owner or occupant. Address any deficiencies that were found and make recommendations for repairs or improvements.

Follow up:

Follow up with the building owner or occupant to ensure that any recommended repairs or improvements have been completed satisfactorily.

Critical components of the process include identifying the project’s location, address, and its location within the building.

Training for Inspectors and Staff:

Effective training and communication of processes, procedures, and requirements are crucial components for the success of any program. This holds true for the program in question, which involves new technology, programs, and methods that may be unfamiliar to the building construction and safety industry.

To ensure a positive experience with minimal confusion, it is important to train both inspectors and the building industry on the various programs and procedures.

Such training will result in time and cost savings, while promoting better communication between and training is key to streamlining the administrative and enforcement process and ensuring a positive outcome for all involved.

In conclusion, conducting a virtual video building inspection involves careful planning, communication, and documentation. They can be a highly effective way to conduct visual inspections in situations where in-person inspections are not feasible.

By following these ten steps, you can conduct a successful virtual building inspection and provide valuable feedback to the building owner, manager, and/or occupant.

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