When it comes to mobile apps, all people seem to be falling into two camps. The first one is made of those who download essential apps only believing that the rest `are either useless or redundant. People of the second camp, in turn, choose to test out every single app that seems to match their interests and needs. The good news is that no matter which category of app users you belong to, you’re likely to benefit from this article.
Frankly speaking, I didn’t plan on an article like this. This list of useful apps is a side effect of creating educational content for landlords and tenants. During the last few months, I was stumbling upon cool mobile apps while working on a post about real estate photography, researching the topic of digital marketing for landlords, and writing a guide on how to set the right rental price. Soon enough it became clear that I’ve collected a toolkit for landlords and it wouldn’t be fair to keep it all to myself. So here it my list of mobile apps designed to simplify the life of landlords.
What’s your opinion about 3D pictures of apartments and homes? Don’t you think they are cool? Do you agree they can help potential tenants get an idea of what your rental is like without attending an open house? Do you think too that such pictures can help your listing stand out from the crowd? If you said yes to at least one of the questions, you’re going to love Cycloramic. This app allows you to create 3D pictures of your property without expensive equipment. All you need is an iPhone. Thanks to the app’s handsfree mode, all you have to do is to find a smooth surface, put your iPhone on top of a power adapter and the app will automatically rotate your device 360 degrees while taking multiple pics of your property. It takes a few minutes for Cycloramic to create a quality 3D panoramic pics (the only drawback of Cycloramic is that it works with iPhone 5/5s and 6/6s only).
If you’ve been a landlord for a while, you know that a thorough move-in inspection is a must. To avoid misunderstanding with tenants and disputes around security deposit later on, it’s important to document all damages and imperfections that are present at the moment of moving in. The more detailed a move-in checklist is, the better. However, the process of inspection is oftentimes boring and time-consuming. Thanks to Tap Inspect, you can save a few hours per one home inspection. Inside of this app, you can take pictures of existing damages, add text to your photos, create a final inspection report and edit it online.
Although Rentometer isn’t really a mobile but rather a desktop app, I couldn’t help but put it on the list. The mission of Rentometer is to help those who have hard times setting the right price for their rentals. This easy-to-use app calculates an optimal price for your rental in a matter of seconds. All you have to do is to insert your property address and indicate the number of bedrooms. The app will look through multiple listings of nearby properties that are similar to yours and tell you how much money per month you should be charging. It’s equally useful for those who have no idea how much rent they should ask tenants to pay and those who want to make sure their price is in line with the market.
Another app I thought would be useful for landlords is Room Planner Home Design. It helps you create realistic floor plans and 3D models of your rental property. This app might help you arrange rooms and plan furnishings of a newly-purchased unit. Room Planner makes it possible to visualize each room and try out hundreds of textures, materials, and colors before using them in real life. It’s one of the best tools for creating home design plans, and it can help you turn a faceless empty property into a unique one. As experience confirms times and times again, attractive home design is one of the first things prospective tenants pay attention to when looking through hundreds of listings.
The benefits AroundMe can bring landlords might not be obvious at first glance, but they are still there. Since the mission of AroundMe is to help people find the best amenities located nearby their location, this app might help landlords improve their listings by adding a detailed description of dining, entertainment, and other facilities in proximity to their rentals. In just a few clicks, it’s possible to get an idea of how good a particular location is in terms of shopping, dining, and recreational opportunities. Such details can help landlords create killer property listings, hence reduce vacancy rates and rent out at a better price.
A very handy app for landlords who need to manage multiple properties and not to lose track of various expenses. The app has a clean minimalistic interface and intuitive interface. The dashboard can display each property with all corresponding details: rent collected, income and expenses for the past year. It is available on the iPhone and IPad on a free trial with in-app purchases.
A free, practical and easy application that provides comprehensive legal advice, tips on various regulations and regulatory frameworks. That information is absolutely crucial for the landlord when they need a quick consultation. If you have an ambiguous situation with the tenant or a negligent contractor you don’t need to run to an expensive lawyer and simply use this app.
For the Finals
When it comes to technologies and online solutions, there are two alternative approaches you may follow. The first one is to ignore all that’s new and stick to all things that are classic. The second (and smarter) approach is to keep up with new technologies and take the most out of opportunities they offer. If you’re reading this now, you’ve surely chosen the latter. I hope that today’s list of apps will help you take advantage of living in 2018 and bring your landlord’s career to ever greater heights.