Our Top Picks

3D Inspection Software
3D Inspection Software
  • Integrations
  • Reports
  • Attach/edit photos
3D Inspection System is a powerful home-inspection platform that allows home inspectors to quickly and efficiently create in-depth inspection reports. Any professional home inspector knows the pain of manually entering and creating inspection reports due to the sheer amount of information needed, but 3D Inspection System solves this with smart sentence filling that automatically pre-fills common placeholders and builds custom sentences and paragraphs during the inspection. Workflow is simplified thanks to the ability to have the most crucial inspection features always on screen to avoid opening multiple tabs and windows. It also allows users to place an unlimited number of photos in the inspection reports and includes free report hosting.

3D Inspection System is also available on all major mobile platforms including iOS, Android and Windows Mobile. Lastly, the software contains office management features such as searchable contacts and jobs as well as the ability to generate and email invoices, contracts, inspections, and more.

Pros & Cons

3D Inspection System offers many useful features for inspectors including photo attachments in reports and smart sentence filling. The system seems stable and should be able to cater to most inspectors. However, with such a high up-front cost, it may be cost-prohibitive and the interface seems a bit outdated.

Pros

  • Generate in-depth reports
  • Focuses specifically on inspections

Cons

  • Interface could use some updating
  • Up-front price may be a deterrent to some users

What Customers Are Saying

Users love the software’s advanced feature set and ease of use, but some users are critical of its lack of major updates. One user stated, “The organization of the software makes it easy to work with.” Another contrasting perspective stated, “I am using this software 20 years. and after 20 years I am expecting more than this is.”

Summary

3D Inspection Software
3D Inspection Software
  • Starting Price
    • $1199 for 3D Inspection System Standard edition
    • $1399 for 3D Inspection System Premier (DSKTP)
  • Attach/Edit Photos
    Yes
  • Video
    No
  • Comment Library
    No
  • Residential Inspections
    No
  • Commercial Inspections
    Yes
Features
  • Integrations
  • Reports
  • Attach/edit photos
AppFolio
AppFolio Property Manager
  • Residential inspections
  • Attach/edit photos
  • Comment library
AppFolio Property Manager is a complete software solution for managing various types of property. It handles residents and leasing, accounting and reporting, marketing, and maintenance, with an online owner portal as well. While not just an inspection software, it does have the ability to upload images directly to the inspection report from any mobile device, eliminating the extra steps of image transfers. The software also features speech-to-text compatibility in the inspection module, allowing users to simply speak while inspecting and have the app transcribe the spoken words into text. All the inspection features tie in seamlessly to the rest of AppFolio Property Manager. Users who adopted the software claim they save 60-80 hours a month on tedious and repetitive tasks.

Pros & Cons

Appfolio is a powerful and robust software platform that allows for home inspection, property management, tenant payments, and more. As good as it is, however, it may not be the best choice for some smaller teams that may not need all the features.

Pros

  • Robust all-inclusive system may eliminate the need for other software
  • Modern design and responsive for effectiveness in the field

Cons

  • While advanced, it may be more than some users actually need, especially if they're solo inspectors

What Customers Are Saying

In various reviews, users seem to be pleased with the software. One user stated, “I like that all of our associations are consolidated in one area and easily accessed in one sign-on.” Another user said, “Appfolio combines every aspect of property management into one user-friendly, easily mastered platform.”

Summary

AppFolio
AppFolio Property Manager
  • Starting Price
    • $1.25/unit/month for Residential
    • $1.50/unit/month for Commercial
    • $0.80/unit/month for Community Associations
    • $1.25/unit/month for Student Housing
  • Attach/Edit Photos
    Yes
  • Video
    No
  • Comment Library
    Yes
  • Residential Inspections
    Yes
  • Commercial Inspections
    Yes
Features
  • Residential inspections
  • Attach/edit photos
  • Comment library
EZ-Inspection-Software
EZ Inspection Software
  • Comment library
  • Reports
  • Attach/edit photos
EZ Inspections offers a robust inspection platform that allows users to easily and efficiently create multimedia-rich inspection reports. The software contains a powerful mapping module that lets inspectors map, route, and geocode inspection jobs for easy area management. EZ Inspections provides notification of when inspection reps arrive at and leave a property without tracking employees outside the inspection area. It also allows for fully customizable invoices to provide consistent branding. The software also lets users automate the time-consuming loss draft inspection (LDI) and the generation of certificates of vacancy and supports most mortgage nationals. This powerful program caters to mortgage inspectors, insurance inspectors, and long- and short-term rentals, among others. EZ Inspections is also known for its ability to efficiently process high-volume BPO orders.

Pros & Cons

Powerful features like geocoding property and mapping module allow EZ Inspections to tackle most inspection jobs with ease. The software is also priced comparably, but the hefty setup fee may deter some users.

Pros

  • Powerful mapping software
  • Alerts and notifications for job arrival and completion

Cons

  • High setup fee

What Customers Are Saying

Overall user reviews were a bit limited; however, we found one user who stated that “All important applications can be located on one screen and it is highly customizable.”

Summary

EZ-Inspection-Software
EZ Inspection Software
  • Starting Price
    • $20/month for Desktop + mobile
    • $40/month for Desktop + Mobile + Website
    • $99/year for Desktop
  • Attach/Edit Photos
    Yes
  • Video
    No
  • Comment Library
    Yes
  • Residential Inspections
    Yes
  • Commercial Inspections
    Yes
Features
  • Comment library
  • Reports
  • Attach/edit photos
Home Inspector Pro
Home Inspector Pro
  • Freehand sketch
  • Integrations
  • Commercial inspections
Home Inspector Pro provides easy and convenient inspection report generation and distribution thanks to the power of the cloud and its “use anywhere” approach to software. It comes with premade templates to use right away and the ability to create custom templates to fit any style or workflow. The ability to search while typing helps you find the perfect narrative to start listing inspection findings. Home Inspector Pro is also a multimedia powerhouse with the ability for users to upload video directly in the inspection report as well as automatically slot photos all at once or each time needed throughout the reporting process. As users complete the inspection process, they have the ability to draw, annotate, and add arrows and circles directly to any photo. After the inspection process is complete, Home inspector Pro even allows users to display video- and photo-filled reports in a slideshow instantly on-site.

Pros & Cons

Home Inspector Pro offers many features to make inspectors’ jobs easier and more efficient. It offers a powerful reporting system and incredibly useful templates to streamline data input. While the software is robust, it’s on the pricier side, especially if there’s a need for multiple user licenses.

Pros

  • Cloud based software ensures easy backups
  • Add photos and dynamic video directly into inspection reports

Cons

  • Multiuser licenses are expensive

What Customers Are Saying

Reviews for Home Inspector Pro seem to be positive overall, with one user stating, “We love the ease of use for our company and changes can be made quickly. This makes for happy customers.” Another user said, “I have been using HIP since 2009, It is very customizable to my needs for all different application. They integrate with other service providers I have like ISN and RWS. The company is always looking for ways to improve it based on customer requests and providing updates. The customer support is second to none. They are always there when you need them and always have resolved any issues I had.”

Summary

Home Inspector Pro
Home Inspector Pro
  • Starting Price
    • Home Inspector Pro (HIP) Desktop + Mobile
    • 1 User/Company: $799
    • 2+: $599/user
    • HIP Desktop
    • 1 User/Company: $649
    • 2+: $449/user
    • HIP Subscription
    • HIP + Mobile + Office: $89/user/mo
    • HIP + Mobile + Cloud: $65/user/mo
    • HIP + Cloud: $50/user/mo
  • Attach/Edit Photos
    Yes
  • Video
    Yes
  • Comment Library
    Yes
  • Residential Inspections
    Yes
  • Commercial Inspections
    Yes
Features
  • Freehand sketch
  • Integrations
  • Commercial inspections
HomeGauge
HomeGauge
  • Integrations
  • Reports
  • Attach/edit photos
HomeGauge is a robust and mobile-ready inspection software available on Windows, iOS, and Android. A bit more advanced than some other software systems on our list, it’s packed to the brim with features and may take users a bit to learn and get up to speed. For starters, it’s compatible with ISN appointments, contains a powerful annotation and sketching system, and allows users to generate full project-based estimates and quotes. HomeGauge also lets users create interactive and immersive 360-degree panoramic images. A HomeGauge subscription includes free use of its online scheduler, which customers can reach through the inspector’s personalized URL and that can also be embedded on inspector websites. For teams of inspectors, this software also allows the merging of multiple inspector’s reports into one final report. In addition, HomeGauge offers custom websites based on the WordPress content management system (CMS) at an additional monthly cost. All of its websites include full design, installation, hosting, and up to five minor updates each month included in the base subscription price.

Pros & Cons

HomeGauge offers more features than most software, although most may not be used. Nevertheless, it is a powerful software option for inspectors needing a robust software platform, although users wanting to avoid a monthly subscription fee may be turned off by the higher price tag.

Pros

  • Many powerful features like 360-degree panoramic images
  • Ancillary services like custom WordPress sites may be useful

Cons

  • Requires a monthly subscription

What Customers Are Saying

Most users chatting about HomeGauge seem incredibly pleased with the software. One online user said, “They had some great tutorials and now, over 2 years later, I couldn’t do business without it. I also like the ability to save back-ups to the cloud as well as my own computer. Overall, I would say that it fulfills all my needs quite nicely.”

Summary

HomeGauge
HomeGauge
  • Starting Price
    • $69/month for HomeGauge Subscription
    • $1999 for HomeGauge Complete Package
    • $3450 for HomeGauge Total Package
  • Attach/Edit Photos
    Yes
  • Video
    Yes
  • Comment Library
    Yes
  • Residential Inspections
    Yes
  • Commercial Inspections
    Yes
Features
  • Integrations
  • Reports
  • Attach/edit photos
Inspection-Manager
Inspection Manager
  • Attach/edit photos
  • Video
  • Comment library
Inspection Manager is an inspection application for the Australian and New Zealand markets “that does the job for you.” It contains many features to help boost productivity, such as being totally responsive with mobile versions on any iPhone, iPad, and select Android devices. Inspection Manager is also available on macOS and Windows. The software contains a powerful dictation tool that allows inspectors to speak directly into a device and generate all the text needed for reports without ever typing. When generating condition reports, Inspection Manager allows the previously submitted condition report to be reused if no changes were made following the previous report. It also allows users to customize room names on reports and save them for the next inspection. Inspection Manager has full integration with REST and PropertyTree.

Pros & Cons

Inspection Manager offers a number of useful features for inspectors, especially for those who may use the software company’s other software offerings. Features like video and attaching photos directly in inspection reports is very beneficial. However, users who do lots of inspections in a monthly period may need to visit the company’s more expensive pricing tiers.

Pros

  • Add video to inspection reports
  • Save frequently used items like room names for easy insertion in future reports

Cons

  • Lowest plan is still costly and only includes 100 total inspections before needing to jump to a higher tier plan

What Customers Are Saying

On Facebook, Inspection Manager maintains a 5/5 rating, with one user stating, “Great software, saves me so much time. All integrated with our property management software. The customer service team are excellent, they get back to you promptly and are all really friendly.”

Summary

Inspection-Manager
Inspection Manager
  • Starting Price
    • $65.95/month for P100
    • $109.95/month for P250
    • $164.95/month for P500
    • $219.95/month for P1000
    • $329.95/month for P2000
    • Custom for P3000, P4000, P5000
  • Attach/Edit Photos
    Yes
  • Video
    Yes
  • Comment Library
    Yes
  • Residential Inspections
    No
  • Commercial Inspections
    Yes
Features
  • Attach/edit photos
  • Video
  • Comment library
Inspection-Support-Network
Inspection Support Network
  • Residential inspections
  • Commercial inspections
  • Integrations
Inspection Support Network allows businesses big and small to have powerful business tools right at their fingertips. It contains a robust suite of business automation features like SMS replies, customer emails, follow-up emails, payment collection, signature collection, survey delivery, and many more. For inspectors in the field, the software can run on a number of mobile platforms, including iOS, Android, and Blackberry. The service is also able to capture scheduling information directly from an inspector’s website and set appointments so a lead or job is never missed again. Inspection Support Network is also compatible with many inspection writers like Horizon, HomeGauge, and Home Inspector Pro.

Pros & Cons

Inspection Support Network offers an incredible amount of tools and value with features like SMS messaging to clients and multi-platform mobile apps. However, a base price of $20 per month and a starting price of $4 per inspection could potentially make the software more expensive than competing products

Pros

  • Robust business automation like SMS reminders for customers
  • Signature collection
  • Compatible with many popular report writers

Cons

  • The pricing structure could potentially allow the software to become more expensive than other software offerings

What Customers Are Saying

Most users seem to really enjoy Inspection Support Network, and it’s received several glowing reviews. One user stated, “In 2014, we decided to sign up for ISN, in hopes that it would increase the business’s efficiency. Almost immediately, we found that everything we had spent hours laboring over in the past, could be solved with ISN.”

Summary

Inspection-Support-Network
Inspection Support Network
  • Starting Price
    • $20/month
  • Attach/Edit Photos
    No
  • Video
    No
  • Comment Library
    No
  • Residential Inspections
    Yes
  • Commercial Inspections
    Yes
Features
  • Residential inspections
  • Commercial inspections
  • Integrations
Jobber
Jobber
  • Integrations
  • Reports
  • Residential inspections
Jobber is a customer relationship manager (CRM) and an in-field business management tool designed for today’s many service industries. From HVAC technicians, plumbing contractors, and maid and janitorial services, Jobber offers a platform designed to capture customer information, schedule employees to job sites, handle customer payments, and more. Mobile applications, available on both the Android and iOS platforms, help empower in-field workers with the ability to log job site visits, update job statuses, follow-up on critical job scheduling issues, and more. All of this data is then logged and is viewable by other team members. While this isn’t necessarily used for inspections per se, Jobber could definitely have a place in a business’s workflow in conjunction with an inspection report writing software or as a robust note-taking application, although the latter wouldn’t be our honest recommendation due to the lack of an ability to add photos to lists or a drawing tool.

Pros & Cons

Jobber is a service business management tool more than a stand-alone inspection report writing software. With this in mind, it could be a powerful addition for users who already have an inspection writer. However, the inspection tools in the software lack basic features like photos aligned in inspection reports and video in reports.

Pros

  • Easily manage field workers
  • Multi-platform mobile apps

Cons

  • Not solely designed for inspectors

What Customers Are Saying

Fans of Jobber seem to sing praises of the powerful business software. One user had this to say: “I first started using Jobber almost 5 years ago when I decided to test out the free trial. Since that day, I have continued using the software and have grown my business over 400%. I think one of my favourite parts about Jobber is the level of exceptional customer service; not only online but also in person. Additionally, my work flow for my business has improved a vast amount over the years.”

Summary

  • Starting Price
    • $29/month for Core
    • $99/month for Connect
    • $199/month for Grow
  • Attach/Edit Photos
    No
  • Video
    No
  • Comment Library
    Yes
  • Residential Inspections
    Yes
  • Commercial Inspections
    Yes
Features
  • Integrations
  • Reports
  • Residential inspections
Kizeo-Forms
Kizeo Forms
  • Freehand sketch
  • Attach/edit photos
  • Reports
Kizeo Forms is an incredibly flexible form building software that allows users to create inspection reports. While not specifically for the inspection industry, it’s a natural fit due to its ability to quickly compile inspection data and create lists and forms composed of inspection findings. Kizeo Form’s massive online library of premade forms even includes a very nice template made for home inspections that can be customized even further depending on user needs. This software also has the ability to work completely in offline mode in case the mobile apps, available on both the Android and iOS platforms, lose internet connectivity. Kizeo Forms allows users to add photos directly in custom-built and user-generated reports and even includes a pretty handy drawing tool to draw and annotate directly over an image. It also has a built-in signature capture function to grab customer signatures on important documents.

Pros & Cons

Kizeo Forms is a powerful form building tool that can allow inspectors the ultimate in report building flexibility. There are many templates available to use in the software, but users should be warned that custom forms would be best set up and created prior to deploying workers on the job.

Pros

  • Essentially unlimited possibilities for form customization
  • Signature capture

Cons

  • Forms need to be built prior to handling a job in the field

What Customers Are Saying

Some users claimed they had difficulties with Kizeo Form’s table feature, but others seem overall very pleased with the software. One user stated, “I like that I don’t have to know how to code. Another big plus is that setting up basic data collection forms is quick and easy. I can set up simple forms for my survey crew that are easy to use. This helps them enter data accurately, and I really like that I can set up customized output reports, customize what data are included, and what type of report email is automatically sent, and to whom.”

Summary

Kizeo-Forms
Kizeo Forms
  • Starting Price
    • €9.90/user/month
  • Attach/Edit Photos
    Yes
  • Video
    No
  • Comment Library
    Yes
  • Residential Inspections
    Yes
  • Commercial Inspections
    Yes
Features
  • Freehand sketch
  • Attach/edit photos
  • Reports
MHelpDesk
mHelpDesk
  • Alerts/notifications
  • Attach/edit photos
  • Residential inspections
mHelpDesk is a direct competitor to Jobber, among others, as a field service business management tool. Mobile applications are available for both the Android and iOS platforms, allowing team members the power of the software in the field wherever they go. Critical features of mHelpDesk include the ability to invoice clients, collect payments, schedule new jobs, and more. As for being inspection related, we wouldn’t really recommend this as a stand-alone product due to other inspection writing software having a better overall grasp on the actual inspection report creation. That being said, it offers a robust business management platform that, in conjunction with another inspection report writer, could very well be a powerful combination.

Pros & Cons

Similar to Jobber, this software allows for total in-field business management, with plenty of tools to get most jobs done. On the inspection front, it’s not well-suited if users only desire powerful inspection report generation features.

Pros

  • Streamline day-to-day business operations
  • Signature capture
  • Invoicing

Cons

  • Not specifically catered to inspectors

What Customers Are Saying

mHelpDesk is a huge hit with most online users. One satisfied customer said, “The field app is very strong and that is a must. The admin provides a true workflow experience. The software is as flexible as it can be, provides true integration to QB, and has cut our entry time in half. Our profits are up and communication is vastly improved. The cloud feature fits our Disaster Response plan. Their customer service is the best I have seen and we have tried many.”

Summary

MHelpDesk
mHelpDesk
  • Starting Price
    • custom qoute
  • Attach/Edit Photos
    Yes
  • Video
    No
  • Comment Library
    Yes
  • Residential Inspections
    Yes
  • Commercial Inspections
    Yes
Features
  • Alerts/notifications
  • Attach/edit photos
  • Residential inspections
Property Inspect
Property Inspect
  • Attach/edit photos
  • Reports
  • Integrations
Property Inspect is a robust inspection software catering to all types of real estate inspection needs. It features some pretty innovative features not found in many other software suites, like audio transcription (available for an additional fee) and a global shared dictionary that’s filled with the most common industry terms used during inspections. Easily build forms on the web application or get going right on the job site with mobile applications available on both the Android and iOS platforms, each able to add photos and videos (for an additional fee) directly into reports. Once completed, reports can be shared the moment they’re marked as complete via email or a customized client-only URL. For enterprise customers, additional features are unlocked, like employee-specific functions such as team availability and more advantaged templates. For the budding inspections entrepreneur, Property Inspect even offers a white-labeled solution allowing other users to purchase inspection software from companies wishing to get into the software reselling space.

Pros & Cons

Property Inspect contains powerful features that should cater to most inspectors’ needs, and it covers most types of real estate inspection. However, some beneficial features that some smaller companies may find beneficial are locked behind the expensive Enterprise tier.

Pros

  • Offers white-labeled service for extra income opportunities
  • Completed inspections are able to be shared immediately upon completion directly to clients

Cons

  • Some users may have to opt for the more expensive tiers for certain features

What Customers Are Saying

We were unable to locate any reviews for Property Inspect but will update this at a later date once they become available.

Summary

Property Inspect
Property Inspect
  • Starting Price
    • $37/month for Solo
    • $97/month for Pro
    • $197/month for Team
    • $499/month for Enterprise
  • Attach/Edit Photos
    Yes
  • Video
    No
  • Comment Library
    No
  • Residential Inspections
    No
  • Commercial Inspections
    No
Features
  • Attach/edit photos
  • Reports
  • Integrations
ReachOut Suite
ReachOut Suite
  • Integrations
  • Residential inspections
  • Commercial inspections
ReachOut Suite is a field service management software with a specialty in inspections. Utilizing a cutting-edge web platform and mobile applications available on both the Android and iOS platforms, the software allows in-field workers to breeze through inspections and provides remote management for managers and owners. Quickly and easily load detail-rich inspection reports with photos of addressable concerns and annotate the images with the built-in annotation and drawing tool. ReachOut Suite also allows users to add material, labor, and overhead costs or estimates directly from the mobile applications. Better still, if an inspector is in a remote location and loses cellular service, the application is readily equipped with an offline mode so work never has to stop. Users can also send report estimates and invoices directly to customers once a job has been successfully completed. All data on the ReachOutSuite platform is backed up regularly and maintains a strict adherence to industry best practices regarding information security.

Pros & Cons

ReachOut Suite may just be the most affordable inspection report writer on the market. It has most features that inspectors in today’s industry may need, but the software interface may take some getting used to.

Pros

  • Mobile apps
  • Offline mode

Cons

  • Affordable, but UI may take some time to get used to

What Customers Are Saying

Users are excited about ReachOut Suite’s affordable price, with one current user stating, “Bringing our technicians into the future has been helped tremendously with this software! No more paper service reports copied and recopied. The ease of allowing the technician to obtain a signature from the customer to the technician’s phone has been a life saver! Our technicians have moved from ‘forgetting’ to use the ReachOut system to asking me to put their work orders in!”

Summary

ReachOut Suite
ReachOut Suite
  • Starting Price
    • Free for Basic
    • $12/month for Premium
    • Custom for Enterprise
  • Attach/Edit Photos
    Yes
  • Video
    No
  • Comment Library
    No
  • Residential Inspections
    Yes
  • Commercial Inspections
    Yes
Features
  • Integrations
  • Residential inspections
  • Commercial inspections
Spectacular-Home-Inspection-System
Spectacular Home Inspection System
  • Commercial inspections
  • Attach/edit photos
  • Comment library
Spectacular Home Inspection System is a powerful and multistate-compliant inspection software designed to give users a big boost in efficiency and productivity. Featuring annotation tools to draw and mark up inspection photos, a “point & tap” system that allows for minimal typing while in the field, and complete ISN integration, this software has just about everything an inspection business could ask for. As a truly cloud-connected software environment, users can start the inspection at the office on a computer, take photos on their mobile phone with applications available on both the Android and iOS platforms, and deliver a finalized report, all on-site. Spectacular Home Inspection System also offers the ability to capture credit cards while on-site, making invoicing customers a breeze. With over 7,000 narratives, recordable voice notes, and built-in signature capture, the system offers plenty for those users looking for an outstanding inspection software platform.

Pros & Cons

Spectacular Home Inspection System offers many industry-leading features, some not available in other software suites. Many built-in narratives should make most inspectors’ lives easier, but there is no web or SaaS access available.

Pros

  • More than 7,000 available narratives preloaded
  • Recordable voice notes

Cons

  • No web-based or SaaS access

What Customers Are Saying

Spectacular Home Inspection System maintains a 5/5 rating, with one satisfied client saying, “I like how you can do the whole report for my cell phone. Right there on the job I can do the inspection and take pictures that go directly into the report. At the end I can send the report to the client and realtors with easy. There is also ways to change and add sections to make it how you want the report to look.”

SPECTORA

Summary

Spectacular-Home-Inspection-System
Spectacular Home Inspection System
  • Starting Price
    • $59.99/month
    • Inaugural: $12.99/report
    • Bulk Reports: $125 for 25 reports
    • Elite: $599 for 1st year year
  • Attach/Edit Photos
    Yes
  • Video
    Yes
  • Comment Library
    Yes
  • Residential Inspections
    No
  • Commercial Inspections
    Yes
Features
  • Commercial inspections
  • Attach/edit photos
  • Comment library
Spectora
Spectora
  • Reports
  • Attach/edit photos
  • Video
Spectora’s inspection software is slammed with features and even has a few extra tricks up its sleeve. The software has too many features to list in this small review, but a few notable exceptions are a built-in photo editor, Zillow data integration, maps, directions, reportwriting software, and business tools software. Applications are available on the web and on both the Android and iOS mobile platforms. It also comes with an embeddable online scheduler to capture appointments 24 hours a day. Additionally, Spectora includes many built-in templates designed for just about any type of inspection job imaginable as well as an included repair request builder for agents. Videos as well as photos are able to be embedded in reports. But the true magic happens when customers view the reports. Spectora has some of the best-looking web reporting we’ve seen of any inspection software. The company also offers marketing for inspectors looking to gain more customers. It also builds WordPress websites for those who opt for for the Jumpstart package.

Pros & Cons

Spectora offers a powerful software platform that inspectors can use to take their businesses to the next level. Zillow map data can add extra insight during in-field jobs and the report writing and business tools software make it simple to handle scheduling, agreements and payments and send out client and agent emails. However, the pricing structure is expensive, even for the lowest plan.

Pros

  • Zillow mapping data
  • Some of the best-looking reports we've ever seen

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Jumpstart package may be out of reach for many users, especially those just starting out

What Customers Are Saying

Spectora users are fanatical about the software’s continuous innovation and updates. One user online had this to say: “I have been happy with them from day #1 and continue to be pleased with the beta testing and ongoing efforts to make this the best inspection software on the market.”

Summary

Spectora
Spectora
  • Starting Price
    • $99/month for Software Only
    • $999/year for Software Only
    • $1,899 for Jumpstart Package
  • Attach/Edit Photos
    Yes
  • Video
    Yes
  • Comment Library
    Yes
  • Residential Inspections
    Yes
  • Commercial Inspections
    Yes
Features
  • Reports
  • Attach/edit photos
  • Video
TimeTonic
TimeTonic
  • Integrations
  • Reports
TimeTonic is a business organization software with a built-in customer relationship management (CRM) program. Powerful visual databases allow companies of all shapes and sizes to create just about any sort of form or business system, including incredibly flexible inspection reports. Some of the more powerful features of TimeTonic are how the software can instantly create applications to deploy to a team member’s mobile device. The best way for us to describe it is to imagine a spreadsheet, but way more powerful. It’s been used by home inspectors, sales managers, project managers, cleaning services, and even Hollywood movie production companies. The versatility of the software is truly limited only by the user’s imagination. While this may be a bit overkill for a person or company looking for software for a solo inspector, data-heavy companies like multiunit operators will appreciate the enormous potential for building and organizing just about every aspect of day-to-day operations into one software suite.

Pros & Cons

TimeTonic is a spreadsheet software reimagined in today’s world. While the powerful software can potentially be the answer for some inspectors, we’re hesitant to recommend it over more specialized options.

Pros

  • A new way to think about databases and how they can work for businesses
  • Software possibilities are virtually unlimited

Cons

  • Not specifically made for inspectors
  • For those who try it, the learning curve may be too high compared to competing offerings

What Customers Are Saying

Most reviews of TimeTonic are positive; however, they’re also mainly in French. We took the liberty of translating one into English. The user stated, “It is very pleasant to use this tool on a daily basis. From the start, I was very well supported in setting up and using TimeTonic with a team that was attentive and available. The interface is very nice. The ‘made to measure’ side is ideal for adapting to all activities and makes it easier to handle the tool. TimeTonic offers a lot of possibilities. The use via the smartphone is really practical and allows a great reactivity in the management of the files. I will not change my management and monitoring tool for anything in the world!”

Summary

TimeTonic
TimeTonic
  • Starting Price
    • €8.90/person/month for Start
    • €15.90/person/month for Team
    • €25.90/person/month for Pro
    • €49.90/person/month for Business
  • Attach/Edit Photos
    No
  • Video
    No
  • Comment Library
    No
  • Residential Inspections
    No
  • Commercial Inspections
    No
Features
  • Integrations
  • Reports

How We Chose the Best Home Inspection Software

When choosing a home inspection software, we had a lot of choices of which software to recommend. Depending on the application or type of inspection, some software offerings are more desirable than others. Some software allows for in-field generation of reports, while others may require work to be completed on a stationary computer. Only the inspector truly knows the needs they require a particular piece of software to meet. With that being said, there are a few things that we've discovered all great home inspection software offerings have in common. Keep this criterion top of mind as you go through this list. While there are a lot of great software choices that didn't quite make the cut, we encourage users to explore those options as well. However, this list is, in our humble opinion, the cream of the crop when it comes to fantastic home inspection software.

Home Inspection Features

Probably the most important feature to consider when looking at inspection software is the ability to create inspection reports in a fast and efficient manner while on an actual job site. There are a lot of features that are "nice to haves," but a few should be of utmost importance — adding photos to a report, a good template for adding customizations to boilerplate text, and easy distribution of the report itself. Adding photos to a report allows visual confirmation of inspection findings, and annotation tools allow inspectors to quickly mark up and draw on images or leave color-coded comments to point out important findings of specific issues encountered during work.

Types of Inspections

Not every inspector is inspecting a home or property for the same reason. Some inspectors may be seeking out structural issues during a home purchase, while others may be inspecting a rental property for needed repairs. Perhaps an insurance adjuster is coming to examine roof damage after a hailstorm, or maybe this is a follow-up visit to a property needing a second inspection to confirm a previous inspection report's findings were resolved satisfactorily. Regardless of the type of inspection, great inspection software should be capable of generating the necessary reports needed to successfully gauge the severity of property and structural issues. 

Reports

This is what it's all about. This finalized form, after everything else, displays the results of an inspection. How many features are available, how easy it is to capture the information, and how easy it is to distribute to clients make up the majority of this weighted factor. Another important factor to consider is if the software can also generate a repair request list for addressing issues found during the inspection. This is especially critical if inspection contingencies are placed on a real estate contract, as home buyers or anyone else buying a piece of property will want to know what the issues are and if there are major problems that deserve a resolution.

What Is Home Inspection Software?

Home inspection software allows property inspectors to document any number of issues by generating inspection reports. These reports typically consist of problems that may be faced by soon-to-be homeowners and are needed for a variety of reasons such as buying a new home, insurance claims, and more. Most home inspection software consists of a report builder, some type of image or video capture function, and the ability to export or print that report so it can be viewed by others. Some home inspection software is device dependent, meaning it can only function on certain computer devices. However, many modern home inspection software suites offer both desktop and mobile applications. Many also offer cloud functionality like cloud backup so user data and inspection reports are accessible anywhere with an internet connection. Some even offer an offline mode that allows the software to continue to function without a data connection. This is particularly useful for inspection jobs that may take place in more remote or rural locations where cellular signals or the internet aren’t readily available. A lot of inspection software offerings come with mobile functionality, allowing inspectors to generate in-depth inspection reports while on-site at a property.

Benefits of Home Inspection Software

Home inspection software allows inspectors to generate detailed and media-rich inspection reports on the job. A common occurrence for inspectors is the need to take multiple photos or videos to show evidence of various problems a home or building may have. For example, if an inspector sees cracks in a home’s foundation, they can snap a photo of it and include it in the report to show the home buyer, homeowner, or real estate agent where the problem actually is and what it looks like. Some home inspection software also includes the ability to annotate reports and even draw directly on photos to give an extra indication of problem areas that need addressing. The ability to draw a circle around an exact problem area helps clients understand the location and severity of the damage. With most software in today’s age, data functionality in the software eliminates hand-drawing on photos and allows for instant report delivery. Other features like signature capture and in-app invoicing allow inspectors to collect payment for services and have clients sign off on reports while on the job.

Must-Have Features for Home Inspection Software

Annotation tools, particularly those that allow shapes such as arrows and circles, are among the most important to have in a home inspection software. For example, if there’s improper wiring in an electrical panel box, having the ability to write the issue in an attention-grabbing color like red with arrows that point directly to the problem allows homeowners to judge for themselves the severity of a problem. Another must-have feature is the ability to quickly generate boilerplate language to help shorten the report creation process. Most inspectors have multiple houses to inspect each day, and saving time on creating these typically long reports can help to speed up the workday. A lot of software offerings today contain preformatted text blocks that make up the most common issues inspectors encounter, such as room names, typical building issues, and more. Another really cool feature that can save inspectors time is dictation. This allows inspectors to simply speak aloud the issues they see and the software instantly converts their speech into text in the report.

The Cost of Home Inspection Software

The cost of home inspection software varies wildly, and there’s not really a one-size-fits-all pricing structure. Most inspection software comes with a demo or a free trial so you can decide whether it’s worth purchasing or not. This is especially beneficial if you’re new to inspecting homes or considering switching from an existing software platform. When shopping for new inspection software, check to make sure what services are actually going to benefit your business. Keep in mind how many inspections you plan to do per day and which software offers the most value. For example, some software doesn’t have a monthly recurring subscription fee but may have a higher start-up cost. Companies that do this are banking on the hope that users will stay with the software for their career or may already be established enough to afford it. Some software companies offer a monthly subscription fee, which may be better for start-ups or those that don’t want to invest such a heft sum up-front. However, be sure to test each software before investing to make sure the subscription tier will handle your daily business needs. The last thing anyone wants is to be in the middle of a workday and run out of inspections.