Before property inspection software entered the industry and disrupted multiple outdated inspection processes, property managers relied on paperwork to store and transfer data. Fast forward to present time, and sadly there are still thousands of property managers struggling through mountains of paperwork. From 20-page lengthy inspections to tenant applications, the amount of paper used in these traditional methods is horrendous. Not only does it require extra time, slow down procedures and make for frustrating work, the environment obviously takes a big hit too.
With the rapid adoption of cloud computing, thousands of property management companies have switched to cloud-based property inspection software.
Why? Well, we think it’s rather obvious. From saving money to streamlining processes, there is a magnitude of features that attract people to property inspection software.
What Is The Cloud?
Before we can tell you why cloud computing is so important, you must understand it. Cloud is becoming the industry standard, and it’s evident that it’s taking over in other industries across the board. When you upload a photo to Facebook, you are using cloud computing. Using online mobile banking? You’re on the cloud again. Uploading a photo to Instagram? You guessed it, cloud again.
Cloud computing in the simplest form, is computing based on the internet. Previously, people would use applications and programs from software downloaded onto a physical computer or server. Cloud computing allows people to access the same programs and applications via the internet. This means that if you have an internet connection, you can access the given program.
Save Money With The Cloud
Cost efficiency is one of the most significant benefits of cloud-based property inspection software. Traditionally, your data would be stored on physical servers that not only require an IT team to set up and operate but also cost thousands of dollars to maintain and upgrade as technology changes. While you can hire an IT Professional to build and maintain your system, it will become a major expense.
The cloud, however, allows you to maintain your technology without having to increase human resources. If your servers have an increase in demand the cloud will automatically scale; this alone dramatically reduces the costs associated with scalability and maintenance.
On the other hand, cloud-based property inspection software mitigates all these costs into one as there’s no need for your infrastructure. Your data is stored securely.
Continuous Software updates
The beauty of cloud computing is that the servers are off-premise out of sight and out of your hair. Suppliers take care of them for you and roll out regular software updates including security updates. So, you don’t have to worry about wasting time maintaining the system yourself leaving you free to focus on the things that matter like growing your business
Ensuring you have continuous updates on hand to allow your company to continue pushing the forefront of your industry, not having to worry about technology updates pushes cloud companies to compete with
Access anywhere, anytime!
When you store your data in “the cloud” it translates to your data being stored in a secure network of servers. In simpler terms; stored files can be accessed from anywhere via an internet connection. This gives you the power of “logging in” much like Facebook, Google, YouTube etc. where all you need is a connection to access your account and stored data. This means that you are no longer restricted to using a single desktop. Imagine having everything you need to conduct property inspections in one easy to access place, or even further, imagine having all of that in your back pocket, as most innovative property inspection software companies offer their services with a mobile app.
This also means that your clients can equally access their data in real time whenever they please. By providing them with on-demand access to the cloud anywhere they wish, cloud computing bids to consolidate all your inspections needs into one easy to use web and mobile app, something that your clients will love you for!
Low on-boarding cost
Most cloud-based software companies offer a free trial period which can be used to test the software and determine if it is right for you. Alongside the free trial offer, typically, cloud-based software is charged in a pay-as-you-go format. This allows for a lot of cost saving, the main one being that your company will not end up paying for software that isn’t being used. Unlike paying an upfront cost for licencing programmes, cloud software usually only charges per user. Alongside this the software can be cancelled at any time, reducing the financial obligation and risk involved with choosing software that does not work out. For companies that require top-level products but have dismal funds, cloud-based property inspection software offers a way to bridge that gap and provide ongoing, extensive support and flexibility for its clients.
If you haven’t already considered switching to cloud-based property inspection software, its time to explore your options. SnapInspect is offering its blog readers a trial today. Click here to get a free demo of your property inspection app & software.