5 Apps Every Property Owner Should Have On Their Phone
As a property owner, a typical day can seem exhausting. There always seems to be something that needs your attention. Especially when you have properties in different locations, you will need extra help to keep track of everything. Luckily, your mobile phone may offer solutions to help you stay in control.
There are many mobile apps to aid property owners with things like marketing their vacancies, tracking rent payments, monitoring property maintenance, conducting property inspections, improving the tenant selection process, monitoring neighborhood safety, and so on.
As expected, there’s a wide variety of apps to choose from. Here are 4 recommendations of apps that could be useful to a property manager in the right context.
#1) AppFolio Property Manager
AppFolio PM is an all-in-one property management solution that property owners can use to automate and manage tasks for a wide variety of properties whether that’s residential, commercial, or other kinds of property.
According to AppFolio, app users get access to all features of AppFolio Property Manager 24/7 including:
Online portals for owners and renters.
Online applications, potential tenant screening, and leases.
Secure self-service online payment portal for tenants.
Create and monitor maintenance requests.
Property inspections are done in real-time.
Accounting and reporting.
Vacancy and rent tracking.
Property listings management.
Rent comparison tool and more.
Other apps that offer comparable services to AppFolio are Buildium and Yardi Systems.
#2) Limble CMMS
Limble CMMS is a cloud-based computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) with an app that’s specifically designed to support a busy mobile workforce. Limble comes with a wide range of functions that help to optimize maintenance management on a wide variety of properties. For property managers/owners that choose to have an in-house maintenance team, it makes it much easier for them to streamline all of their maintenance work.
Some key features include:
Create and assign Work Orders while out in the field.
Track and optimize spare parts inventory.
Instant communication via push and email notifications.
Detailed database of critical asset information and history that can be quickly accessed while diagnosing a problem.
Real-time insight into the progress of all maintenance work.
Ability to give partial access to third-party contractors and assign and track their maintenance activities.
#3) Tap Inspect
Tap Inspect is designed for home inspections. It allows its users to do 3 major things at once; perform an inspection, customize inspection reports, and publish those reports right as the inspection is going on. This way, you can save hours on each inspection and send the report before leaving the property.
With Tap Inspect, you can:
Use existing templates or customize them for each property.
Save time by scheduling information for planned inspections in advance.
Record data and photos during the inspection.
Choose from your list of popular comments or write custom comments for each inspection.
Connect to your Inspection Support Network (ISN) account to synchronize scheduled inspections and finished reports.
Not originally designed for property managers, but if you do inspection yourself, it can be handy.
The Citizen app is designed to provide its users with real-time safety alerts and instant access to verified 911 information. The app works in a similar way to police scanner apps and opens up the emergency response system to the general public. Citizen currently covers these 19 cities.
It uses radio antennas in major cities to monitor 911 communications after which this information is screened by the Citizen team to create short, factual alerts covering fire incidents, emergency medical services, and 911 calls. These alerts are then pinged to its users within a quarter mile or less from the incident. For property owners, Citizen is valuable for helping them to stay informed about what’s happening in the neighborhoods where their properties are located.
Todoist is a popular productivity tool that you can use to organize many aspects of work and life. It combines task management features with the traditional to-do list, giving users access to the following:
Establish tasks and projects, assign them, then visualize the productivity of all parties.
Map out projects and include subtasks.
Daily planner, capture, and prioritize tasks.
Connect seamlessly with other tools like Google Calendar, Google Maps, Dropbox, Zapier, and Amazon Alexa.
Set daily or weekly goals and productivity tracking over time, and more.
As technology makes things easier and faster for everyone, your current and future tenants will prefer to do business with a property owner that makes tasks like rent payments and maintenance requests quick and easy.
In addition, the added convenience of the above apps can streamline your day-to-day operations to save time and money.
Bryan Christiansen is the founder and CEO of Limble CMMS. Limble is a modern, easy to use mobile CMMS software that takes the stress and chaos out of maintenance by helping managers organize, automate, and streamline their maintenance operations.