Improved Offline Preview Feature Available For Inspector Property Inventory App – iOS & Android

We are pleased to announce that there is an exciting new version of the iSurvey Inspector property inventory app for both Apple and Android platforms.

We have developed a new interactive offline preview feature called ‘View Report Content (offline)’. This allows you to track the progress of the report you are producing offline even more easily, and also allows you to update your reports as you go.

All text and photos can be inputted directly from this feature. All you need to do is select the part of the report you’d like to edit (meter reading/ inspection area/ item observation/ photo, etc), and the system will then automatically take you to the corresponding area within the app.

From here you can then input or update the information within the report.

Once the data/ photo has been inserted, press ‘Done’ and you will be automatically taken back to the Offline Preview where the report will have been updated.

This new features makes producing and updating reports much more intuitive and saves lots of time.

Important: It’s vital that you keep your Apple iOS and Android platforms, as well as the iSurvey app itself, updated to the latest versions to ensure there are no bugs within your system. Otherwise we can’t guarantee that the Inspector app will run correctly and you may encounter problems. See latest versions below for instructions on keeping these up to date.

To download the latest versions of Apple iOS and iSurvey Inspector property inventory software:

  1. Make sure you’re running the latest version of at least iOS 9 (on your iPhone or iPad go to Settings, General, About, then check version number – you will probably have an update instruction there if you’re using an old version). If you need more help with this, go here.
  2. On your iPhone or iPad, go into Safari and head to www.isurveyapps.com/install
  3. Click the latest version (2.8.0) and confirm that you trust us as a developer (if you have any issues with this you can find help here)
  4. The app will begin to install in the background, click the home button on your device to exit Safari.
  5. Open the app and login as normal.

To download the latest version iSurvey Inspector for Android:

  1. Make sure you’re running the latest version of the Android operating system. You can learn how to update your operating system here.
  2. Logout of the system (Settings>>Logged in As>>Log Out).
  3. Search for ‘iSurvey’ in the Google Play Store and download.
  4. Login as normal.

Remember, all of our updates are thanks to your feedback, so please keep letting us know what will make your lives easier!

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New Update Available For Android Property Inventory Software

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We’re releasing a new update for Android users of the iSurvey property inventory app. This update gives Android users access to the new offline preview feature that was released for Apple users last month.

Previewing offline means you can track the progress of your report accurately wherever you are, even if you are without an internet connection.

You can access the offline preview feature by clicking ‘Quick Report Preview (Offline)’ from the main menu within a report on the app.

Alongside this new feature, the Android update for our property inventory software includes several performance improvements to ensure your app runs smoothly and fast.

Important: It’s vital that you keep your Android platform, as well as the iSurvey app itself, updated to the latest versions to ensure there are no bugs within your system. Otherwise we can’t guarantee that the Inspector app will run correctly and you may encounter problems. See latest versions below for instructions on keeping these up to date.

To download the latest version iSurvey Inspector for Android:

Make sure you’ve previewed all reports and saved all templates to our server within your current app. (Please contact us if you’d like more details on how to save templates correctly).

Logout of the system (Settings>>Logged in As>>Log Out).

Delete the current app from your device.

Search for ‘iSurvey’ in the Google Play Store and download.

Login as normal.

If you have any issues installing the latest version or have any questions about saving templates, please contact your account manager directly or email support@isurveyapps.com

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New Features Available For Inspector Property Inventory App

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We’re happy to announce the latest updates for our property inventory software, Inspector, on Apple and Android platforms.

Included for iOS is a new offline preview feature, which means you can accurately see how your report is progressing without needing to be connected to the internet. We’re working on bringing this feature to Android as soon as possible.

We’ve also added a new menu section within the app for both Apple and Android users for reporting smoke alarm and CO detector information more comprehensively, in order to comply with new regulations.

This is alongside general performance improvements.

Important: It’s vital that you keep your Apple iOS and Android platforms, as well as the iSurvey app itself, updated to the latest versions to ensure there are no bugs within your system. Otherwise we can’t guarantee that the Inspector app will run correctly and you may encounter problems. See latest versions below for instructions on keeping these up to date.

Offline Preview

To view the report when on site without internet connection, just click on ‘Quick Report Preview (Offline)’.

The benefit of this new feature means that you can show tenants the inventory report when checking them in allowing them to sign on site and removing the need to print out the report. The whole process can then be made paperless as the report is emailed straight to the tenant (client) by using ‘Email Report’ once finalised.

This feature will also allow you to view what was included in previous reports e.g. reusing an inventory for the next tenant move in, or a periodic property inspection. You can work room by room, quickly reviewing then amending any item conditions or adding observations and photos as required.

Smoke Alarm & CO Detector Section

In line with new regulations there is now a separate section to input details for the smoke & CO detectors present at the property. Just click on ‘Smoke Alarm & CO Detectors’, select ‘+’, and insert the location, whether they have been tested and photographic evidence.

To download the latest versions of Apple iOS and iSurvey Inspector property inventory software:

  1. Make sure you’ve previewed all reports and saved all templates to our server within your current app
  2. Delete the current app from your device.
  3. Make sure you’re running the latest version of at least iOS 9 (on your iPhone or iPad go to Settings, General, About, then check version number – you will probably have an update instruction waiting).
  4. On your iPhone or iPad, go into Safari and head to www.isurveyapps.com/install
  5. Click the latest version (2.7.1) and confirm that you trust us as a developer (on your iPhone or iPad go to Settings, General, Profiles and ‘Trust’ Property Inventory Management Ltd)
  6. The app will begin to install in the background, click the home button on your device to exit Safari
  7. Login as normal

To download the latest version iSurvey Inspector for Android:

  1. Make sure you’ve previewed all reports and saved all templates to our server within your current app.
  2. Logout of the system (Settings>>Logged in As>>Log Out).
  3. Delete the current app from your device.
  4. Search for ‘iSurvey’ in the Google Play Store and download.
  5. Login as normal.

If you have any issues installing the latest version or have any questions about saving templates, please contact your account manager directly or email support@isurveyapps.com.

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We’re at The Negotiator Awards Conference & Expo 2015… Are You?

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We’re excited to announce we’ll once again be at the Negotiator Awards Conference & Expo on 3rd November following the event’s huge success in 2014.

The event is the key estate agency networking event of the year, with this year’s conference focusing on the great change that is hitting the industry.

The property industry is on the brink of great change – regulation, technology and non-traditional competition – and you need to see what’s coming.

This conference will show you. Don’t miss out, book now.

We’ll be on stand 37 – if you’re at the event be sure to come and speak with us.

The event is being hosted at the London Hilton on Park Lane, one of the UK’s most prestigious 5* venues. It will take place during the day, prior to the awards ceremony in the evening.

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As well as our property inventory software, we’ll be showcasing our brand new Appraisal app. It’s the smarter and faster way to get your properties to market.

With Appraisal you can:

  • Collect vendor’s information and property particulars
  • Prepare a floor plan (with the help of PlanUp integration)
  • Have the sales instruction signed by the vendor
  • Have information sent directly back to the office, ready for the market

All this, without leaving the app.

See you at the event!

The London Hilton
22 Park Lane
London
W1K 1BE

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3 Quick Ways To Create Inventory Reports Faster When Using iSurvey

Our Inspector property inventory app allows you to create inventory, inspection, check-out and legionella risk assessment reports in the simplest way possible.

Top priority for our development team is ensuring you can create reports as quickly as possible, while at the same time providing a system that encourages reports that are fully legally compliant.

Since we all know time is money, here’s 3 quick ways to speed up your reporting process using iSurvey when out in the field.

Add photographs in bulk

One of the most time consuming parts of creating inventory reports is the process of taking photographs and uploading them to each individual item within the report.

The best way to speed up this process is to take all the required photographs for the area, and then add them collectively to that room using the multiple select photos from library feature, enabled in the latest iOS and Android updates.

The only downside to this process is that all the photographs will appear at the beginning of the room, rather than with each individual item and their description.

After this, you can then go into each area and add any required observations within the property inventory software.

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Start reports back at the office

Another time consuming part of compiling an inventory report is entering all the background information of the property into the app.

The best way to speed this up is to compile this part of the report back at the office. Here, you have access to all the property’s information on your office computers such as full address, safety features, and number of rooms, and so it’ll take far less time.

We’d also recommend setting up the correct number of rooms for the property, and putting them in the right order within the app. This way you can get right to work as soon as you arrive.

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Use pre-populated reports

This is the single best way to speed up the process of creating inventory reports on iSurvey’s property inventory app. Pre-populated templates, when set-up on your system, normally assume the following things:

  • Woodwork, ceilings and doors are white.
  • Fixtures and fittings within rooms are in an acceptable condition.
  • This may not sound like much, but if you’re entering this exact same information for 250 items within a report, you can see why this is such a time saver.

    Other normalities can be set-up on your account – just ask. Pre-populated templates also save time in that they provide a sense of uniform to your reports, prompting you to report on specific items and in a pre-decided order.

    On the app, it will look something like this:

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    And on the report, it will appear something like this, before you’ve even entered any of your own information:

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    Then, you can add your own observations, photographs and custom descriptions:

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    If you’d like to have a custom pre-populated template set-up on your account, be sure to contact us, or reach out to your account manager direct and they will be able to get one set-up for you.

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    Property Appraisal App: Get Your Properties To Market Faster

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    Appraisal is a new tool for letting and estate agents that allows you to get properties to the market faster.

    This fully customisable iPad app enables the user to take down all the information required to list a property on the market in a single visit.

    It also assists estate and letting agents on market appraisals by presenting the latest local property market information and comparable listings.

    Contact us for a free demo and trial.

    The benefits include:

    • In-App presentation to highlight your company’s competitive edge in the local marketplace when pitching to potential client
    • Present the latest local property market information and comparable listings to the prospect
    • Capture property information and take photos
    • Create a Floorplan
    • Option to sign-off agency agreement digitally with client on site
    • Send property information, photos & signed documents back to your office where these can be integrated into desktop software
    • Field workers can action new instructions when ‘on the road’; no need to return to the office between appointments
    • Property marketing information instantly available to share with colleagues and clients
    • Designed to work offline; agents don’t need to worry about any connection issues in the prospect’s home
    • Export the information entered into the app by email to a nominated email address or upload by FTP to a chosen location in your office software.

    Contact us here for more information and a free trial today, or if you’re already using another of our apps, be sure to speak with your personal account manager.

     

     

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    Android Update Available for Inspector Property Inventory App

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    We’re happy to announce the latest Android update for Inspector, our property inventory software.

    The app carries over many of the features introduced in the previous iOS update, which help save even more time when producing inventory, inspection and check-out reports.

    Here’s a round-up of what’s included in the new update:

    Multiple select photos

    Multiple select photos for Android means you can add photographs to your reports faster, and gives you the choice between either taking photographs as you go, or taking them in advance and adding them to your reports in bulk later on.

    To use this feature, you must enable it within the ‘Report Settings’ tab of the app.

    Save photos to device library:

    If you’d prefer to use the normal iSurvey property inventory app camera, that’s fine as well.

    To help you, we’ve added the option in Settings to save full resolution versions of photographs automatically to your camera roll when using the iSurvey camera. This means you can have access to originals, which could be useful in the event of a dispute.

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    Multiple delete items and photos:

    Deleting lots of items and photos within reports can be time consuming over the course of compiling an entire document. As such, we’ve introduced a feature in the property inventory app whereby you can delete multiple at once. Just tap all the items you wish to remove, and delete all at once.

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    Room copy:

    As enabled in our previous iOS update, we’ve now carried across the popular copy room feature to Android.

    This time saving features allows you to copy entire rooms and their contents within reports – particularly useful in newly refurbished properties where most of the decor and fittings are the same room-by-room.

    The ‘2 pieces of paper’ icon has to be selected to copy a room – all data is then copied apart from photos and observation text.

    Swipe to next area:

    In the new update you can now swipe between rooms, rather than going in and out of the navigation. To use this, just swipe left or right anywhere on the screen to move within the report.

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    To download the latest version iSurvey Inspector for Android:

    1. Make sure you’ve previewed all reports and saved all templates to our server within your current app.
    2. Logout of the system (Settings>>Logged in As>>Log Out).
    3. Delete the current app from your device.
    4. Search for ‘iSurvey’ in the Google Play Store and download.
    5. Login as normal.

    If you have any questions about the update you can email support@isurveyapps.com.

    Android versions 3.0 and up are supported, although we recommend using devices 4.0 and up because of device specification limitations.

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    Legionnaire’s Disease – What Letting Agents Need To Know

    By law, landlords and letting agents are required to assess the risk of, and, if necessary, combat Legionnaires Disease.

    The first line of defence is to carry out a Legionella risk assessment, which helps to identify the presence of Legionella, the bacteria that causes the disease.

    What is Legionnaires Disease?

    Legionnaires Disease is fatal in up to one in three cases. It’s caused by the bacteria known as Legionella, and is a pneumonia-like illness. It normally thrives in water that is at the right temperature for bacteria to grow, e.g. rivers and lakes – but this also means it can spread through hot and cold domestic water systems.

    As such, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have a code of best practice for landlords in order to reduce the percentage of risk. This code includes:

  • The requirement of landlords to carry out, whether by themselve
  • The requirement of landlords to take action on this assessment if any problems are found.
  • Where is Legionella likely to be found?

  • In water at a constant temperature between 20 and 45 degrees.
  • Disused or rarely used showers and taps, where rust and scale can be commonplace.
  • In areas of a water system where the liquid is stagnant for extended periods of time.
  • It’s also important to note that older tenants as well as those with weakened immune systems are at particularly higher risk to the disease.

    Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) are of greater risk than the average domestic property.

    Who is responsible?

    Ultimately it is the responsibility of the property manager to meet the legal requirement of minimising the risk of exposure.

    This means that if the property is fully managed by an agent, this falls into their umbrella of responsibility.

    It’s recommended that the manager of the property compiles a risk assessment for Legionella every 12 months minimise the risk of exposure.

    Who can carry out a Legionella risk assessment?

    Landlords and letting agents can legally carry out an assessment, if they feel able to compile one to the required standard. In general, they should:

  • Have at least a basic understanding of the bacteria and how some conditions may encourage the risk of an outbreak.
  • Be aware of basic control measures, which will reduce the likelihood of a breakout.
  • Have at least a basic understanding of different types of water systems.
  • We’ve added a new template to our Inspector property inventory app that allows both landlords and letting agents to compile comprehensive risk assessments quickly and easily.

    For a free demo, click here to get in touch. If you’re already a user, simply reach out to your account manager and they’ll be able to help you get the new template onto your system.

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    New iOS Update Available for Inspector Property Inventory App

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    We’re delighted to announce the latest Apple iPad/iPhone update for Inspector, our property inventory app. The release includes new time saving features to ensure you’re producing reports as efficiently as possible, as well as several performance improvements.

    There’s also an update for Android about to be released – we’ll let you know when it’s ready for download.

    Important: It’s vital that you keep your Apple iOS platform and the iSurvey app updated to the latest versions to ensure there are no bugs within your system. Otherwise we can’t guarantee that the Inspector app will run correctly and you may encounter problems. See Latest Versions below for instructions on keeping these up to date.

    New Options for Photographs

    1. Use Photos from Library – Multiple Select

    We’ve introduced a multiple select facility within the property inventory app, allowing you to get photographs into your reports faster. You can now snap as many photographs as you need using either your device camera or a digital camera and then transfer them into your iPad or iPhone Library. You can then select the required photos from your camera roll into the appropriate area of the iSurvey report. This is not only quicker, but means you’ll have original, high-res photos saved to your device as well.

    To enable this feature, go into Settings, Report Settings within iSurvey and click ‘use photos from library’. Then, when you go to take photographs in iSurvey, your camera roll will appear – you can select the ones you need for each area of your report.

    2. Save photos to camera roll and retain originals

    If you’d prefer to use the normal iSurvey property inventory app camera, that’s fine as well. To help you, we’ve added the option in Settings to save full resolution versions of photographs automatically to your camera roll when using the iSurvey camera. This means you can have access to originals, which could be useful in the event of a dispute

    To enable this facility, go to Settings, Report Settings and select ‘save photos on the device’. The app will create a folder with the name of the property in your camera roll.

    Important: If you wish to retain the original photographs we’d suggest you regularly move them from your device library to your PC directory or to a facility such as Dropbox, otherwise your device may run out of memory.

    Multiple delete

    Deleting individual items and rooms can be time consuming. To delete items and rooms with the latest update, click ‘Edit’ at the top right of the screen, tap the rooms or items you need to get rid of, then click delete at the top right. It’s a much faster and more efficient process than before.

    Swipe to next area

    Users gave us feedback they had to do a lot of back tapping and ‘in and out’ actions to navigate around the property inventory app’s menus and compile reports, which was slowing down the process.

    We’ve solved this by adding a feature that allows you to swipe between rooms and items to navigate the app faster. To use this feature, swipe right or left on the name of the room or item to move to the next or previous area or Item. If you’ve added more detail to an Item (e.g. Type /Feature /Fitting /Comment /Observation) there’s also a new button below Comments which will take you straight to the next Item in that Room.

    Copy room enhancements

    We’ve made some improvements to the copy room feature within the app, meaning observations and photographs are not copied across. To use this feature, tap and hold the room name label and the copied area will appear below your other inspection areas. Rename and edit accordingly.

    Latest Versions

    To download the latest versions of Apple iOS and iSurvey Inspector:

    1. Make sure you’ve previewed all reports and saved all templates to our server within your current app

    2. Delete the current app from your device.

    3. Make sure you’re running the latest version of iOS 8 (on your iPhone or iPad go to Settings, General, About then check Version number – you will probably have an update instruction waiting)

    4. On your iPhone or iPad, go into Safari and head to www.isurveyapps.com/install

    5. Click the latest version (2.6.6) and confirm that you trust us as a developer

    6. The app will begin to install in the background, click the home button on your device to exit Safari

    7. Login as normal

    If you have any issues installing the latest version or have any questions about saving templates etc, please contact your account manager directly or email support@isurveyapps.com.

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    5 Fun Facts About The Budget Throughout History

    The Budget is a hugely important date in the calendar but that doesn’t mean it’s all about tax and finance. Like many other important dates in the parliamentary calendar, the Budget is riddled with quirky traditions and has an interesting history.

    5 Fun Facts About The Budget Throughout History

    1. The Chancellor is allowed to drink alcohol during the Budget speech – but current Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has previously stuck to mineral water.
    2. William Gladstone (drink of choice: sherry and beaten egg) has delivered more Budget speeches than any other Chancellor, delivering 12 Budget speeches during his career as Chancellor of the Exchequer.
    3. William Gladstone holds the record for the longest Budget speech. His Budget speech in 1853 lasted four hours and 45 minutes.
    4. The award for shortest Budget speech goes to Benjamin Disraeli (drink of choice: brandy and water). His Budget speech in 1867 lasted 45 minutes.
    5. The famous original red Budget Box was in use for over 100 years. It was lined with black satin and covered with scarlet leather.

    Written by Paramount Properties.

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