The Free, Award-Profitable App That Takes the Ache Out of Residence Upkeep & Restore
Ever get that dreaded name from a tenant complaining that the bathroom is dripping? Or maybe the dishwasher blade has snapped off? You grit your enamel since you observed in your information you didn’t write down the make and mannequin. You’re compelled to go to the property your self, get the knowledge, run to the shop hoping they’ve the half, after which return to repair it. Or possibly you pay another person to tackle the identical journey, hoping all goes nicely and it’s in a position to be mounted shortly.
Properly, there’s a free app that helps clear up this fantastically. The Nationwide Affiliation of Residence Builders awarded it the “Sport Changer” award for 2016. It’s getting plenty of love as a result of there are some superior makes use of for builders, actual property brokers, and buyers.
It’s like Trello meets stock management. As a fast instance, I bought a brand new fridge in 2010 for my major residence. I by no means modified the water filter as a result of I misplaced the handbook and thought it required a fairly giant manufacturing that concerned me getting behind the fridge.
I downloaded the Centriq app and took an image of the serial quantity tag inside. Inside a day, the serial quantity was transcribed and the app sucked within the equipment make, mannequin, and consumer manuals and offered direct hyperlinks on Amazon to buy substitute components. I simply bought the substitute water filter, and no search was crucial!
The filter arrived in two days. As soon as I acquired it residence, I opened the app and watched the video on methods to set up the filter. Embarrassingly, it solely took a minute to put in, and I didn’t should get behind the fridge.
I’ll stroll you thru the way it works with some display photographs and supply some inside recommendations on how I’m utilizing it as a landlord. I’ll share some upgrades that I’ve discovered are coming quickly by co-founder Shubber (rhymes with rubber) Ali, which I believe buyers will actually love.
Methods to Use the App
The app is free and is at present accessible just for Apple. Nonetheless, Android is coming quickly. In iTunes, simply seek for Centriq within the way of life class.
The app does an excellent job strolling you thru the app, however the course of is easy. You will have a property folder that accommodates completely different room folders. You may set up this nevertheless you’d like, however I like preserving the folders listed by room. Inside the room, you may add each video and photos of home equipment. It’s value noting there isn’t any cost for uploads, so you may add pictures and movies to your coronary heart’s content material.
Inside the property folder, hit the massive plus signal on the backside of the display, and also you’ll be prompted to pick out no matter image you’re taking or importing (picture, observe, equipment/merchandise, doc, video).
Choosing the equipment or merchandise prompts you to take an image or add an image of the equipment serial quantity, which usually seems on the title plate.
When you add the image, I like to recommend taking an image of the equipment in and out and making notes on situation. You may monitor it again to the equipment so all the photographs of that equipment are organized in the identical place. If in case you have a receipt, take an image and add it as nicely.
In my expertise, it takes about 24 hours for the system to transcribe the serial quantity, which sucks in all the information on the equipment, together with the equipment manuals, hyperlinks to buy the components immediately from Amazon, and the movies that can assist you with changing components on the equipment.
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The app transcribed the serial quantity and pulled in data on the producer and the mannequin robotically. It then hyperlinks to components on Amazon. When you faucet the Amazon button, you’ll see the components accessible for buy.
Hitting the button takes you on to the half on the Amazon app. It will get delivered to your house or wherever you want the half delivered.
When the half arrives, in the event you hit the “Professional Information” button on the underside proper of the display, you’ll have entry to the Manuals and Guides, Movies, and Instruction sections. It provides you quick access on methods to exchange the half you simply bought.
Think about you’re in a position to purchase the half to your handyman earlier than he steps foot on the property. If the half isn’t accessible at your native retailer, you could possibly save getting charged for an exploratory go to when you’ve got a good suggestion of the half you’ll want and have it shipped proper to your handyman.
This makes centralizing and organizing all this data stunning, easy, and actionable. The corporate makes cash out of your orders via the Amazon hyperlinks. There are different promoting alternatives I’ll get to shortly.
Traders and Landlords
I just lately purchased a rental out-of-state, which I’ll not often have the ability to go to in particular person. I made further notes and took tons of images and movies.
I’m about to do a mini rehab on the property, and I’ll get the contractor to take photos of the rooms when they’re achieved and I’ll add it to the app to remain organized and maintain good data.
A cool little tip I obtained from the co-founder comes immediately from how builders are utilizing the app. When you’re opening partitions, have your contractor take photos of piping and connections earlier than the wall is closed. You’ll later know precisely the place pipes are positioned and the way the pipes have been configured. It additionally provides you some further intel on their workmanship earlier than it’s hidden from view. I want I might have achieved this on plumbing in my final rehab!
I discovered Centriq is engaged on permitting landlords to present entry of particular folders and/or gadgets to tenants. How nice would it not be to present entry on methods to do issues like shut off the water in case of a leak or gasoline in case of an earthquake? Or maybe you’d like to present entry to the tenant on methods to exchange their air filter and methods to simply purchase the filters on-line.
Anticipate to see some further performance within the shareability to your tenants and straightforward exports for insurance coverage functions coming quickly. A facet bonus is that the app will inform in the event you if one in every of your home equipment has a recall in place.
Actual Property Brokers
Promoting as an actual property agent has gotten tough since newspaper and journal readership has declined. Internet advertising is noisy to say the least. In such a relationship-driven trade, most brokers resort to throwing consumers and sellers on generic electronic mail lists the place they ship out occasional metropolis and/or neighborhood updates. Let’s be trustworthy, these get outdated actual quick.
We’re all in search of extra significant and inventive methods to remain related and in entrance of purchasers. One of many methods Centriq makes cash is permitting branding inside the software itself. Whenever you’re within the software and hit the primary menu tab, there’s a big space particularly constructed for promoting.
Let’s say you’re a purchaser’s agent and also you’ve simply helped a first-time purchaser buy their first residence. As a present, you diligently obtain the Centriq app and thoroughly doc all of the home equipment and photos from the house.
Upon shut, you switch entry to the app to the customer. Inside the appliance, you’re in a position to place your brand for advertising functions, so each time the brand new homeowners log in to order components, they affiliate you with making their life simple. You additionally depart them notes inside the appliance for trusted companions for insurance coverage, repairs, pool cleansing, garden companies, and so forth.
I believe this additionally permits actual property brokers to create presents new consumers would possibly use, like a yr value of air filters. Or maybe yearly you ship them batteries to exchange on their smoke alarm(s). I’m at all times in search of inventive and cheap methods to remain in entrance purchasers, and Centriq has my thoughts spinning with inventive concepts to construct model and lock down that relationship. That’s thrilling.
Builders, Residence Inspectors, and Contractors
I’ve hinted at how builders are utilizing the app within the investor description. Some builders are taking the time populate the Centriq app for his or her consumers full with home equipment and photos of things earlier than the partitions are closed. A builder can have full entry to all of the components being put in in a brand new property, and it’s a sensible reward that enables new owners to simply entry what’s of their new residence. It additionally presents unbridled transparency, which is considerably uncommon.
Transferring is tough sufficient. Having all of the equipment and constructing data in digital format in a single place is superior. Consumers can then begin including their very own data within the app, making it one thing they’ll extra doubtless use. And may any merchandise inside the property be recalled, they’ll be notified.
For residence inspectors, I believe Centriq could possibly be an excellent add-on service or reward to purchasers. The photographs are already being taken, and a house inspector would possibly resolve to both add it as a bonus or cost a further price to finish set up inside the app.
For contractors, it’s additionally an effective way to supply some transparency into your work and an excellent reward to purchasers who don’t know this exists. If one in every of my contractors had gone the additional mile through the use of this, they’d actually win me over. It could even aid you keep away from these annoying requires assist if it’s within the app they usually know the place to search out it. The promoting alternatives are the identical as it’s for actual property brokers.
The Way forward for the Utility
I haven’t seen something fairly like this in the marketplace earlier than, and I like that it touches quite a few actual property sectors. It makes me really feel the adoption charge will probably be increased. It’s consumer pleasant, visible, and presents some wanted options that make residence possession simpler.
As I flip over my rental portfolio and get entry contained in the properties, I’m shifting an increasing number of away from Dropbox and Trello and shifting to Centriq. I’ll observe up in about one yr to see how usually I’ve used it together with actual property brokers, insurance coverage suppliers, handymen, and tenants.
For now, not less than I’ve filtered water for the primary time in a really very long time in my major residence. That’s an excellent place to begin.
Have you ever used the Centriq app but? What are your favourite new applied sciences for landlords?
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