Drone Real Estate Photography: Pricing

Drone real estate photography pricing

Drone real estate photography pricing can vary across the board, as some photographers may charge by the hour or by the size of a property. Thumbtack states the average cost for drone photography is $240-$340 per project, citing the above factors as contributors to variations in pricing (2018 Average Aerial Photography Cost). HomeJab’s drone real estate photography pricing is based on flat rate packages that include the amount of time it may take to complete the shoot and the many other factors that go into drone photography.

Drone photography has become immensely popular in residential and commercial real estate, but there are a few different aspects to consider before deciding on a company to hire.

Is it legal?

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Drone Photography can take any listing from ordinary to luxury, but operating and using a drone legally is not as simple. The first commercial drone was made available to the public in 2010 (Vision Online Marketing, The History of Drones in the US). By 2015, millions of drones were being used for recreational and commercial use, causing public controversy over privacy concerns and flight regulations. Then came drone registration and licensing by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Today, all drones must be registered with the FAA, even for hobby or recreational use. For commercial use, such as real estate photography, a Part 107 certification or FAA Exemption is required. A photographer has to take these requirements into consideration before they can begin scheduling and pricing out their drone photography services (FAA, Getting Started).

FAA certification or exemption is a must when shopping around for a drone photographer. You don’t want to run into any legal problems with the FAA. HomeJab has acquired a 333 Exemption from the FAA to fly drones commercially for the real estate industry. This ensures our photographers do not need to worry about this additional exemption, and neither do our customers.

What’s included in Drone Real Estate Photography Pricing?

It can be difficult to know what is included in the initial price tag of a drone photography shoot. Large estates, acres of land, and commercial lots can benefit greatly from drone photography, but how long does it take to shoot listings of that size? Depending on the skills and experience of a photographer, it can take anywhere from one to five hours to complete a shoot (DronesMag). If you’re working with a photographer who charges by the hour, this can blow out your budget. HomeJab offers flat rates on our drone photography, meaning we do not charge by the square foot or by the hour but rather by the service we are providing. This allows you to set a budget and stick to it.

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HomeJab’s most popular drone package includes 15 drone photos and a drone video for a flat rate price of $250. No matter the square footage of the property or the photographer’s amount of time spent at the shoot, the price will still be $250.

In addition to drone photography, you may want to consider the cost of having additional ground level photos and a video tour of the listing. This may not be useful for a commercial lot or bare land but could be a necessity for a residential home. Some photographers may be able to offer additional services as an add-on, but this can bump up the cost significantly. At HomeJab, our drone real estate photography pricing can be packaged with our other services. This gives you a guaranteed price up front, at a better rate.

Photos Plus

Many agents and sellers with smaller residential homes may opt not to have a video of their property at all, but need a complete photo shoot. Drone Photos can be added to our standard photography service (ground level interior and exterior photos) with the Photos Plus package for $295.

Premium Package

Some properties require it all, however. Our Premium package includes interior and exterior photos, drone photos, and a virtual video walk-through of the property with drone video for only $395. This provides a complete tour of the property and is a great option for attracting buyers from across the country or overseas.

Ultimate Luxury

In addition to these affordable drone photography options, we have The Ultimate Luxury package that includes the best of what HomeJab has to offer: HDR photos, drone photos, and a video walk-through with drone video for $585. This is our best option to market your property as top-notch luxury.

How fast will I get the photos back?

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The turnaround time to receive your photos and video can be another worry on your list of factors to consider. Every photographer and company will have different turnaround times. Independent photographers can potentially take 5 days to deliver a final product. Some companies can accommodate 1 or 2 day turnaround times, but may charge an extra fee to have your media expedited. Here at HomeJab, we deliver all media 24 hours after your shoot is complete, no matter the package. It is important to consider the turnaround time to receive your drone photos and video, as this can have an impact on your bottom line.

Drone real estate photography pricing has many moving parts that can contribute to variations across the board. The more you know upfront about a company, the better you will understand the actual cost. HomeJab’s pricing is a flat rate every time, on every package.

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Best Neighborhood Photos


Since the release of our neighborhood packages we have received an overwhelming amount of excitement. Adding neighborhood photos and video is one of the easiest ways to completely enhance your listing, without any added stress. These packages have really taken off and we have thoroughly enjoyed getting to see neighborhoods that are new to us. These shots really change the way a listing is viewed and leaves a lasting impression. Here are some of our favorite neighborhoods we have had the pleasure of learning more about thanks to you!

1) Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore is home to one of the greatest shows of all time – The Wire. Admittedly, we scanned every Baltimore neighborhood shot to spot anything we recognized from the show. Instead, we ended up incredibly impressed with the neighborhood. The town is vibrant and full of energy. Through our clients, we have discovered different neighborhoods in Baltimore such as Hoes Heights and seen how relaxing the Inner Harbor can look. It’s clear why someone would want to include the neighborhood when selling a listing in the Baltimore area. It can offer the best of both worlds, a life in the city but with opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle in some calm waters.

2) Arlington, Virginia

Dogs, dogs, and more dogs. Do we need to write more? There must be a large dog parent community here because it seems a lot of the neighborhood shoots turn into puppy photo-ops and we certainly are not complaining. Arlington is easily accessible to DC, which makes it a prime location for a lot of people who work there. It seems you aren’t sacrificing anything to live outside DC when it comes to Arlington. It is full of non-stop things to do and places to eat. The area also offers outdoor activities such as parks and running trails. Arlington has seemed to find the recipe for a cozy suburb feel with the excitement of a city.

3) Chicago, Illinois

Chicago is already known as a great destination to visit and we weren’t surprised at how awesome the neighborhood photos came out. The architecture on some of the buildings is outstanding and a must-see. Really, take some time to look at these architectural beauties. We truly love how our clients mixed in the big city feel with local parks. This helps show that the area can be for anybody. They also mixed in impressive statues and funky looking restaurants. Our clients really knew how to pick locations well and exactly how to not only market the listing, but market the neighborhood too. These photos have us itching for a trip!

Keep in mind that when marketing a listing you should include everything about that home. Why leave out the desirable neighborhood? Taking the step to include these shots in your listings not only entices a potential buyer, but impresses clients too. Interested in purchasing a neighborhood package? Click the button below.


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Top 4 Room Transformation Ideas

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There are some homes out there that are made of dreams. They are more than bedrooms and bathrooms. These homes have rooms in it we only dream of! Our photographers have experience with all kinds of real estate from extreme fixer-uppers to luxury real estate. We gathered a list of some of the most impressive luxury rooms we had the pleasure of shooting.

1) Theater Room

Seeing a movie is a classic date night, but with raising ticket prices sometimes staying home and browsing Netflix is a better option. Well, what if you could do that but feel like you were at the movies? A theater room is the perfect way to combine the two. Enjoy the comfort of your own sofa or armchairs, without the gum stuck under it! Watch a movie on the projector, but without the rude talkers. If you’re a movie buff, a theater room is luxury worth having.

2) Private Gym

There are too many excuses that keep us from going to the gym. Such as, too far of a drive, don’t want to go when it’s busy, you hate working out in front of people, and so many more. If a gym were in your house, what excuse would you have then? Imagine throwing on some work out clothes and simply walking downstairs. You would never have to worry about embarrassing yourself and the best part is nobody will ever know if you want to take that extra long break.

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home gym

3) Wine Cellar or Bar Room

With all that working out, you won’t have to worry about those extra calories in a few drinks. What better way to wind down from a long day in the comfort of your home? What an even better way to wind down from a long day in the comfort of your own bar. Skip the lines and ditch any rude bartenders! Invite over a few friends and enjoy your private bar space. Into wine? Then why not have your own wine cellar? Imagine never ending and perfectly aged wine whenever you want. Check out the great choices these homeowners made.

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bar room

wine cellar

4) Game Room

Game night is always a fun family night of bonding or can be a great way for adults to unwind. Everyone enjoys different games, but what if you could have a full room of selections to choose from? What games would you choose? A game room is a major stress escape! If you prefer outdoor games, then opt for some lawn games or fully commit and install some rounds of mini golf.

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What would you build in your home? Tell us in the comments!

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Best Time to Photograph a House: Sunset

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A perfect picture of the sunset hitting your property can be incomparable to any other photo. It can be the difference between catching the eyes of potential buyers or getting scrolled by on real estate apps and social media. Any home can benefit from a twilight shoot and deeply enhance the listing appeal. Check out below and see how this can change your business!

1) Highlight your best features

Not every listing features what is truly special about the home. Properties with a pool or view of the water, should consider having drone photos taken at twilight to highlight these special features. There is nothing more luxurious and relaxing than taking a dip in the pool at dusk or watching the sunset over a waterfront view.

The dusk light can also have a mesmerizing effect on a home with interesting architecture, truly highlighting the uniqueness of a listing. Our favorite twilight shoots are of homes surrounded by a beautiful landscape. Some buyers are more interested in the land than the home itself, and a twilight shoot can give your property some serious curb appeal, especially when taken at the right angle by drone imaging. If your listing has any of these features, do not miss the opportunity to showcase them!

2) #NoFilter

You may have an Instagram, but are you catching everyone’s eye with your photos? According to Instagram Business, 80% of users follow a business, and posts with a location get 79% more engagement (business.instagram.com). Stats like that should mean your listing photos are getting the most clicks and likes possible, but unless you have an attention grabbing image your listing may be scrolled right by. On HomeJab’s Instagram account, our sunset photos are some our most popular posts, generating a higher average of likes and more engagement from followers.

3) Feel at Home

Photos and Video taken at sunset add something special to a listing that is hard to put into words. When a buyer begins their search, they are looking to find a place to call their own. Twilight shots allow a buyer to see what it could be like to live at the property during dusk. This is an opportunity they won’t get at an open house. They can picture putting the kids to bed or enjoying the sunset with loved ones in their possible new home! Consider taking advantage of HomeJab’s twilight package to get the best photos possible for your property and catch the eyes of potential buyers. 

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Fixer-Upper Before and After Photos

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Here at HomeJab we love viewing the listings we get the pleasure to photograph. We really enjoy seeing the hard work our customers put into each listing, especially when the home is a fixer-upper. We cannot stress enough what an eye for style most of our customers have and we have the photographic evidence! Check out some of our absolute favorite before and after photos of seriously desirable listings. We’re honored to get to be a part of the process and document the amazing transformation. Contact us if you have a before and after coming up!

1) Red Rowhome

Philadelphia rowhomes are near and dear to our heart so we could not help but swoon over this red rowhome rehab. It went from unlivable to enviable. The home features 4 bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms. We’re crazy over the new hardwood floors and the new doors. There is a serious attention to detail in this rehab and we’re all for it. Philadelphia is a rapidly growing market and with rehabs like this, it becomes very clear why these homes are quick to sell.

Listing Agent: Lorenzo Jackson

2) Exposed Beam Dream

This fixer-upper transformed from outdated to trendy in a flash. This home clearly had potential from the start and becomes obvious when you first see the exposed beams. This house is also spacious and inviting, just begging to become your family’s home. With some elbow grease and an eye for design this quickly became one of the most desirable homes on the block. Personally, we adore this and are ready to move in anytime!

Listing Agents: Barbara and Bud Silcox

3) Transformation Goals

This might be one of the biggest transformations on this list. From the before pictures, you would never think this home is fixable, but this agent certainly proved us wrong! Not only was this home completely redone, but it turned out gorgeous! Our favorite transformation is the kitchen. The before photo shows a shell of what used to be a place for cooking and conversation. The after photo shows it has become the warm and inviting spot we call a kitchen again. Just incredible!

Listing Agent: Takeisha Jones

4) Texas Charmer

This home it’s easy to see the potential, but there sure is a lot of of work left to be done. We’re especially happy a decision was made to cover all the brightly painted walls in most of the rooms. We’re all for a great accent wall, or a beautiful color to compliment a room, but these walls were especially unattractive to the eye. The entrance shot is an exciting side by side comparison to see. You can tell right from the start that this house has been created into a stunning and warm home.

Listing Agent: Takeisha Jones

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Introducing: Virtual Dusk Interior

Here at HomeJab we have always included a free exterior virtual dusk into all our luxury packages. This is for being a great customer, but also because we believe in the appeal of using a virtual dusk photo for your advertising. We even conducted a test to measure the difference a virtual dusk can make when marketing your listing. When we tested this, we took a standard exterior photo and a virtual dusk then ran two ads. The two ads were identical except for the photo used. The virtual dusk came back with a result of 3x more clicks for half the cost. 

A virtual dusk is when our editing team edits in the effect and look of twilight into the photo. This not only more cost effective, but it’s fast too. It’s a very simple and easy way to get your listing noticed.

Since this test, we have been big supporters of this simple photo improving the curb appeal of listings. So we thought, what else can we do with our editing team‘s talent?

Introducing, Virtual Dusk Interiors!



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Virtual Dusk

Virtual Dusk Interiors are only $40 or order any luxury package and request your free virtual dusk to be an interior shot!

What do you think? Tell us in the comments!

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Top Summer Vacation Ideas


Summer officially begins on June 21st.

Are you ready for trips to the beach, dips in the pool, and backyard parties? Here are HomeJab’s top four summer vacation ideas to start the season off right with plenty of HomeJab photos to inspire those summer vibes!

#1 – The Vacation Home

One look at these images and you are instantly transported to the ultimate beach vacation. The HDR photos make you feel as if you are standing in the room and enjoying amazing beach views through the floor to ceiling windows. Never mind the deck view overlooking an untouched beach and clear sky; it’s a splendid way to watch the sunrise with your morning coffee.HDR Photo of ocean view in beach home


HDR Photo of ocean view in beach home   HDR Photo of ocean view in beach homeBright Blue Sky and ocean view   Bright Blue Sky and Ocean View


#2 – Fun in the Sun

A rooftop deck is made for sunny days! The photo below captures the ideal outdoor setup: comfortable chairs, a table for the whole family, and a bright blue sky. This is great for having lunch, getting that pre-tan going or throwing a late night party!

Roof Deck with a Bright Blue Sky


If you enjoy quiet gatherings and need to relax this summer then check out these images for your backyard staycation. Imagine enjoying Piña Coladas with friends in the cool shade or reading a new book under magnificent Palm trees — you don’t need to book a plane ticket to do all of that! Take a look at the HomeJab photos of this Tropical Getaway for ideas to create your own personal oasis.

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#3 – Boat Life

Is the Nautical life more your style? Aerial shots like these will make you wish you were a sailor. You can see each and every boat dock in the community and the view of the bay goes out for miles! Just imagine sitting on the dock or cruising down the bay with the sea breeze blowing by all day long. It’s a sailor’s dream.

Aerial View of a BayAerial view of Boat Dock


#4 – Hanging by the Pool

An Aerial Photo is an excellent way to show off a property’s best feature, and this one is begging you to jump into the pool! Sitting poolside can be a great way to enjoy the summer sun, take some inspiration from this natural beauty. The stacked boulders on the side of this pool make it feel as if you are swimming in a secluded pond, just maybe without the company of the fish.

Aerial photo of poolBackyard Pool    Backyard Coy Pond


HomeJab’s top pick for Summer Inspiration is pictured here, in a Twilight Shoot of a gorgeous Arizona home. Whether you need a romantic getaway or time to decompress, a location like this will have you covered! Complete with aerial views of the stunning mountains and terrain, there is no better time of day to take a dip in the pool. The light hits a home perfectly at sunset, capturing the utter beauty of the property and its surroundings.

Sunset photo of Arizona HomeTwilight Shoot of Arizona Home


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HomeJab Introduces Neighborhood Packages

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HomeJab is proud to announce new packages that help real estate professionals highlight the listing’s neighborhood. In an NAR survey, 78% of people responded that neighborhood quality was more important than the size of the home. Additionally, in a survey completed by Trulia, 84% of millennials are willing to forgo key home features to live in their ideal neighborhood. It became essential to help real estate professionals market all the best features of their listing, and this means the community too. The solution was clear: offer neighborhood photos and video.

Make Your Listing Unique

When potential homebuyers are searching for a home it can become an overwhelming amount of identical photos and videos. A difficult task when selling a home is ensuring it stands out among the rest. Including not only the listing, but the neighborhood as well, is a way to guarantee this. There are only so many close-ups of hardwood floors a person can look at. Make yours the more desirable listing that stands out among the rest, stays on the minds of potential buyers, and excites them all at the same time. There are so many different ways you can customize what to show off. The possibilities are endless.

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Show Off Outdoor Activities

Everyone will have separate hopes for what they see in a neighborhood, which is what makes these packages so diverse. Showing off the community can work anywhere. Perhaps, your listing is in an area where outdoor activities are most popular. Well, show it off then! Some people will strive to find an area that has nearby parks, hiking trails, dog parks, and more. Knowing that there is a great trail nearby might be the difference of a potential buyer requesting to see the home or simply passing over it online. Pair the hiking trails with some shots of a park for their dog or a fun nearby children’s playground and you have a recipe to win.

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Win Listings and Gain Leads

There are a lot of different ways to show you are the best choice to list a potential sellers home, and using neighborhood footage and photos is a great one. This not only shows you are extremely familiar with the area, but that you are up on savvy ways to attract buyers. Anyone can offer the standard listing pitch, but show you are a community local. You live here and you understand exactly how to sell a home in your personal neighborhood. This not only will help win listings, but you will quickly become the local realtor. This can help build your brand and spread your name to others in the area looking to sell. Word of mouth can be the biggest way to gain clients. Become that ‘local agent’.

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Highlight Desirable Entertainment

Is the neighborhood home to some top rated restaurants? Maybe the neighborhood is known for the best breweries around. Either way, things like this are too huge to not mention and feature. Showing off all the fun and entertaining things to do can really help a homebuyer envision themselves settling into the neighborhood. It suddenly makes your listing that much more desirable and better than the rest. It can help stir excitement in the buyer and get things moving. How can a home around all these great things last long?

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Feature Nearby Schools

Restaurants and bars are fun for adults, but what about families and couples looking for a community that is best for their future or current family? Featuring the nearby schools, especially if they are highly recommended, will help homeowners see the listing as a home they can start or continue their lives in. As we stated above, the combination of what to feature is entirely yours. Make it family friendly and feature the nearby school, but also show off that restaurant they have just been dying to get into.

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Why 360 Interactive Video?

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HomeJab consistently stays on top of the newest technology available. We are always brewing up new ideas to help your listings stand out among the rest. That is why we are now offering 360 interactive videos. 360 video combines the best of both worlds. It is the baby of 3D and a standard walk-through. Our 360 videos give you the ability to click play and take the tour of the home free of interaction. Though, for those that prefer the video to be interactive and like to study each nook and cranny of the home, it provides this ability as well. Click and look around the room while the tour plays or pause it and take a peek at everything. The best part? It’s way affordable.

Multiple Viewing Choices

First, the most obvious benefit of a 360 video tour is the ability to fit multiple needs of potential homebuyers. This widens the amount of potential views and interested homebuyers. Our 360 tour can be played without any interaction whatsoever. If the viewer prefers to let a video play, then they can simply hit play and watch. No interaction is required. Though, a viewer also has the choice to stop the video at any time to pan around the room. That’s not the only time you can interact though, the viewer can pan around the room as the video plays. The 360 video is giving you two different options, but for only one price.

Watch the user experience below:

User Friendly

Since the person viewing has two choices, it makes it a lot easier for less technology inclined viewers to watch. The interaction is not required and a viewer can simply press play. This differs from tours that are made for VR or require interaction. VR can be hard for some people, as it requires a headset most of the time. Headsets are not widely used in homes yet. Additionally, if a tour is only interactive it may become confusing and overwhelming. Choosing an interactive video can please a much larger audience than only one of the counterparts and more people viewing your listing is always beneficial.

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Newest Technology

Staying on top of the newest technology out there not only gives you leverage on your competition, but helps build your brand as well. Potential clients will notice your listings and can see who stands out. This would make your name memorable and lead to more clients. Your homeowners will be impressed when they see their home in 360 views and will know they are in expert hands. Additionally, this would look great during a listing presentation. It would be something other agents have not shown them yet.

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Quick Appointment

Asking a homeowner to clear their entire schedule can be both tricky and inconvenient. The homeowner already has to find time to prep their home, so when the appointment time comes the last thing you want to do is make it long and stressful. There may be certain situations where leaving the house is close to impossible or they can only for a very short amount of time. 360 video is one of the quickest appointments you can have. A 360 scan can take minutes as opposed to a 3D scan, which takes several hours. You can have the photographer in and out with barely any bother to you and the homeowner. We understand that life is still going on when someone is selling their home, and want to make your appointment quick, professional, friendly, and of course easy.

Save Time


3D scans are based on the square footage of the listing. The larger the property, the more money you have to pay for a 3D scan. When it comes to 360 real estate videos, it is one flat price. The price never changes based on the size of the home. This can help you manage your budget and always stay on top of it. No listing will ever put you in a position where you have to choose between your wallet and listing the home properly. Don’t change the fantastic way you list because of pricing. Choosing 360 video guarantees to put your listing in the best light possible.



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3D Virtual Tour or 360 Interactive Video?

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The real estate industry has seen some big changes over the past few years.  New technology including aerial drones, 3D virtual tours and most recently, 360 Interactive Video, has made the home buying process more efficient.  Today, one out of three buyers in the Unite States places an offer without even seeing the home in person.

The key to bringing real estate transactions completely online is making the production method cost effective for sellers and user-friendly for buyers.

Right now, the two leading technologies for presenting homes online are 3D virtual tours and 360 video.  Please check out the examples below and cast your vote!

3D Virtual Tours

Virtual tours are produced by stitching together panoramic photos in various locations throughout the home.  The user then points and clicks to the next location and is able to explore in all directions.

360 Interactive Video

The newest method for presenting homes online is 360 interactive video which can be played as a standard video, but offers the viewer the option to interact by clicking and moving around to view the entire room.

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