Advancements in mobile software applications has made it easier for landlords and property managers to complete rental inspections.
Mobile inspection apps allow users to click-through an inspection checklist on their phone, take photos that are automatically attached to an inspection report, and generate downloadable PDF reports to be shared and stored.
Inspection apps deliver convenient ways for landlords and tenants to complete inspections on the go to make move-in and move-out processes faster. With more than 4 types of inspections required per lease term, inspections can create a lot of overheard for each property.
Most inspection apps are “native apps” that do not require internet connections to complete. While most apps offer similar features, they vary in prices, user access and permissions.
Mobile inspection apps can be used in conjunction with your property management software. Simply upload the PDF inspection report once complete from the inspection app to the property’s file library.
Rental Inspection Apps
Here’s a look at some of the most popular rental inspection apps and their prices.
Price: Free for 5 properties or $12/month for unlimited properties for one user
Highlights: You can take high definition photos during inspections, which can be easily accessed and referenced whenever you need via the powerful search and sorting capabilities of the software.
Chapps Rental Inspector
Highlights: Comes with pre-defined walk through checklists & detailing checklists, which can be customized. Only available for tablets, not smart phones. Reports can be downloaded as PDF.
Price: Must call for pricing.*
*I called and left a voicemail trying to inquire about pricing but have yet to hear back from Happy Inspector.
Highlights: Modern design that presents a great user interface. Includes photos and electronic signatures by HappyCo.
Highlights: Claims to reduce time spent on inspections and reports by 75%. Price dependent on how many users will need access to the inspection tool and customization needs.
Price: $5/report or $60/month
Highlights: Customizable reports available. Designed for home inspectors but looks like it could work for rentals. Only available for iPhone and iPad.
Whether you choose to complete a rental inspection with the assistance of a mobile app or with traditional pen and paper, be sure to check with your state and local laws to ensure you are following legal guidelines and requirements.
Have you ever used these inspection tools? Is there another one on the market you like? Let us know in the comments.