Property managers have a variety of apps and websites at their fingertips to help them succeed in the property management business.
We’ve all heard the saying: There’s an app for that. Now, property managers should be using the latest technology to assist them with their property management duties. Here are some apps for smartphones or tablets designed to help manage rental property more easily:
Houzz App is an interior design application available for iPad, iPhone and Android devices. It provides the tools and information needed to complete home remodeling or decoration projects. Property managers can browse photos by style, room and location; share images with family, friends and design professionals; and find ideas in featured idea books. They can use the app to find architects, interior designers, home improvement contractors and read reviews about their service to find the right person for their project and budget. If seeking advice, they can post questions on the discussion board to get input from professionals and homeowners. For more information, visit http://www.houzz.com/.
Rent Tracker is available for iPad, iPhone, Windows PC and Android devices. The app allows property managers to enter tenants, contractors, buildings and even multiple owners. With only a few clicks, tenants can enter their rent payment and receive a receipt by email. For more information, visit http://www.renttracker.com/.
PayByGroup allows property managers to organize and collect money from roommates or other multi-tenants situations. It allows property managers to see who is paying what, provides contact information for tenants and saves time by eliminating the need to deal with multiple parties and handle partial payments. The app is traditionally used by property managers in the vacation rental market, but it can also be used by residential property managers. For more information, visit http://paybygroup.com/.
The my Inventory Manager app, available for the iPhone and iPad, allows property managers to keep track of items at their properties, such as furniture and sports supplies, by organizing them quickly and easily by location, category, etc. This ensures that tenants won’t take items that don’t belong to them when they move out. For more information, visit https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/my-inventory-manager/id431851303?mt=8.
Happy Inspector is a property inspection app available for the iPad. It reduces the time spent on creating inspection reports by up to 80 percent, according to its website. The app offers an organized approach to property inspections, eliminating pen and paper checklists. For more information, visit http://happyinspector.com/.
DIY Landlord is compatible with the iPhone and iPad and helps landlords keep track of rental business on their mobile device. The app allows property managers to organize a property by unit, lease and tenant information. They can also enter rent payments, expenses and run financial reports that can all be exported to a PDF and emailed to tenants or landlords. For more information, visit https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/diy-landlord-property-management/id656505531?mt=8.
Yardi Mobile Solutions offers several property management tools for mobile devices. Yardi CRM Mobile allows real estate professionals to archive emails and review contracts, deals and leads directly from this app, which is available in the iTunes App Store. Yardi Inspection Mobile assists with inspection data, Yardi Maintenance Mobile allows maintenance techs to access their work orders from the field and Yardi PAYplus Mobile enables property managers to quickly approve invoices on their mobile device. For more information, visit http://www.yardi.com/products/mobile-apps.
Magic Plan uses your smart phone or tablet to measure interior spaces and create floor plans. Help your tenants visualize living in your unit before they view it in person. https://www.magic-plan.com/real-estate/