The 21st century has required an update of all the traditional advice found in the typical home buyers guide. The modern day guide to buying homes still retains much of the basic information, but putting that information to the best possible use is best accomplished by utilizing the latest in technological innovation.
One of those innovations arrives in the multiple choices available for adding not just long-distance viewing through your cell phone, but the ability to capture those images for closer perusal later on. The addition of improved zoom capability to your cell phone’s camera makes it easier than ever to conduct one of the oldest pieces of advice to be found in any home buyers guide: inspection.
In the home buyers guide of the olden days before the cell phone revolution, you might be advised that a vital tool for home buyers was a either a pair of binoculars or an expensive camera lens attachment. Same advice, but now you can get the benefit of using a camera with the affordability of buying binoculars. The upgrade in quality afforded by telephoto lens over your phone camera’s built-in zoom can allow you to conduct perfectly legal, but preferably anonymous inspection of a home you are interested in buying.
What would a home buyer inspect that requires the use of long-distance viewing devices? The south side of the home’s roof to start with. Any home buyers guide will recommend conducting a close inspection of south side of a house because that is the side that receives the most prolonged exposure to the sun which in turn speeds up the process of aging.
Using the capability of a telephoto lens, the modern home owner can remain inconspicuous while conducting a remarkably close inspection of a roof for signs of sagging along the ridge, damaged shingles, rusted chimney flashing and whether any gutters are starting to separate.
After your roof inspection, lower the telephoto lens attachment to check for other flaws not immediately obvious from the road as you drive by. The assistance of the zoom will provide a much more detailed portrait of things like crumbling mortar, rotting wood, bent siding and signs of insect infestation along the foundation if you know what to look for.
Take as many snapshots as possible while conducting your long-distance inspection via cell phone camera. Investment in a computer program for viewing these images should be sophisticated enough to sharpen any pictures that may be a little blurry and even to zoom in closer. Checking the images at home should give you an even clearer idea of whether you want to pursue the option of buying a home or not. You will be much more relaxed and less prone to the nervousness you may feel while actually taking the pictures. This will be the time to double and triple check over initial impressions you may have gotten. Perhaps what looks like shingle damage was just a trick of light. Just another reason why investing in a telephoto lens for your cell phone is almost certain to become a fundamental piece of advice in the modern home buyers guide.