I love property.
I enjoy looking at the real estate magazines, online listings, television shows on renovations and buying property.
It is an obsession actually, and one that I think I annoy my family with daily.
You never know, learning all about property might come in handy when I get mega rich and have a huge property portfolio.
Looking for property
If you are currently on the hunt for a house or an apartment, it is hard to keep track of all the places you have seen. They tend to blur into the others and you lose track of the ones that you preferred.
The best things to do when you are on the search for your dream house or possible addition to your property portfolio are the following:
- Take photos.
- Make notes on what was good and bad.
- Create reports of the houses/apartments that you have seen.
Making time to analyse and know what properties will work for you is crucial to getting the best possible place for you and your family.
When searching for the next house for the family, some things to look at are:
- How the house will grow with the family. Will the number of rooms be adequate for now and later?
- If the answer to the question above is “Yes, the house is fine,” then that is great. However, if the answer is a maybe or no, estimate if the house needs renovation or dramatic improvement.
- If the house needs major renovations, you need to consider the answers to these questions: Will this house still be in budget if I have it renovated? If renovations are to be done, what would the new value of the house be? Considering the area, growth and improvement, is this a good purchase?
- Make sure that if you are planning to have more children that you think of more bedrooms for future kids.
- If you are wanting an office or workspace, this needs to be factored into the decision as well.
- Visit the area multiple times and make sure you do it on different times of day and days of the week. Sometimes, places are nice and quiet on weekdays but are noisy at night and on weekends.
- If you are having a tree change or sea change, make sure that you become familiar with the new area and don’t purchase in a place that is not what you thought it was.
- Being close to highways and noisy streets is always something to think about. If you are happy with the quiet in the house and it does not bother you, that is fine. However, this might be a deal-breaker for some and documenting that the house is in close proximity to roads and so on might be helpful when making a decision.
What can you do with Inspection Manager?
- Create reports easily and sync to your other devices.
- Take notes while at the house or apartment and import photos so that you can save them for the future.
- No need to have a notepad, camera or other items. All you need is your device with the Inspection Manager app and it will compile everything for you–photos, notes and more.
- You can even dictate comments straight to the app and the words will be written for you. How easy is that?
If you are like hubby and I, we saw what felt like hundreds of houses before we purchased our dream home.
The Inspection Manager app would have come in handy when I was house hunting.
Many times I looked at a few places on my own and the app would have made summarising what was good and bad about each place easy.
When I was looking at the house we are currently living in, there were no smartphones or iPads (Gosh this makes me sound old).
I was making lists with a pen and paper and taking photos with the digital camera.
Having the Inspection Manager app would have meant I could give a breakdown of each property to hubby, and he could see each listing with photos and notes. It would be like he was there as well, although not really.
It is the next best thing to keep tabs on the houses you have seen and dismiss the ones that are not right for you.
See how easy it is to create reports for multiple locations
This app is not just for the real estate professionals. You can also keep tabs on your own property portfolio or the houses that you are looking at for your dream home.
Set up an account with Inspection Manager
Before you download the app to try it (You can test it out for 30 days to see how you like it!), you need to register with Inspection Manager and get your login details.
To do this, it asks you a few things like company name, contact details, company logo, staff details if you have them, and payment details for after the 30-day trial period.
I hope this app will serve as a tool to help you find your next house or, if you are a real estate professional, a way to make your job easier.
This post was in collaboration with Inspection Manager.
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