In the world of property inspections, being able to ‘see’ beyond the visible spectrum is akin to having a superpower. Among the suite of advanced techniques that professionals employ today, thermal imaging stands out as one of the most effective and revolutionary. This powerful diagnostic tool, which allows inspectors to detect issues not visible to the naked eye, has dramatically transformed the quality and depth of inspections.

But what exactly is thermal imaging, and how does it factor into property inspections? And more importantly, how does a leader in the snagging industry, HouseScan, utilise this technology to offer unmatched value to homeowners? Let’s explore.


Thermal Imaging: The Basics

Thermal imaging captures the infrared radiation emitted by objects. Since the amount of radiation an object emits increases with temperature, thermal cameras translate these variations into a visual display, where different colours represent different temperatures.


Benefits of Thermal Imaging during your snagging inspection:

  1. Cold Air Ingress: Assessing openings like windows and door for cold air ingress is critical to ensure that your home is going to maintain heat. Often windows and doors can be damaged during manufacturing or installation or drop due to their weight allowing for cold air to come in and warm air to leave.
  2. Identifying thermal bridging: Proper insulation is essential for energy efficiency. Thermal cameras can pinpoint areas where insulation might be missing or compromised, leading to heat loss.
  3. Detecting Moisture and Leaks: Moisture in walls, ceilings, or floors can be a precursor to mould and structural damage. Thermal imaging helps in identifying these damp spots, even if they aren’t visible on the surface.
  4. Spotting Electrical Issues: Overheating electrical components can be a fire risk. By visualising the heat, thermal imaging can identify potential electrical problems before they escalate.
  5. Heating system issues: Thermal imaging can help detect if there are any areas not heating, radiators or floor where there is air in the system / bleeding required and overall functionality inline with the required output.


HouseScan’s Advantage with Thermal Imaging

While many snagging companies may conduct visual inspections, HouseScan goes a step further by integrating thermal imaging into their comprehensive inspection processes. Here’s how they stand out:

  1. Expertise and Training: HouseScan’s inspectors are not only well-versed in construction norms but also thoroughly trained in using thermal imaging equipment. This ensures accurate readings and interpretations.
  2. State-of-the-art Equipment: HouseScan invests in top-tier Flir thermal imaging cameras that offer high-resolution images, ensuring no issue goes undetected.
  3. Detailed Reporting: With HouseScan, homeowners receive a detailed report that incorporates thermal images alongside regular photos. This visual evidence is invaluable, especially when liaising with developers or builders about rectifications. As well as key information including the camera’s settings such as emissivity.
  4. Holistic Inspection: By incorporating thermal imaging, HouseScan offers a multi-layered inspection process, ensuring that the property is not just visually perfect but also functionally sound and safe.



Thermal imaging has undeniably revolutionised the property inspection landscape, allowing for a depth and accuracy previously not thought of during a snagging survey. Companies like HouseScan, with their commitment to harnessing the latest technologies, ensure homeowners can fully reap the benefits of this innovation.

In today’s era, where the emphasis is on quality and longevity, having a trusted partner like HouseScan, equipped with the prowess of thermal imaging, is invaluable. It goes beyond aesthetics, delving into the very fabric of a property, ensuring that your dream home is indeed a masterpiece, both inside and out.

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