You can use zInspector to inspect Single Family Residential, Multi-Family Residential and even Commercial properties and units.

To inspect any type of property, you will first have to create the property on the site or mobile app.

Three Ways to Create Properties

zInspector caters for three ways to create properties:

  1. Create properties on the go with the zInspector Mobile App.
  2. Create properties on the zInspector website.
  3. Import many properties via our Spreadsheet Import Tool.

What is a Property?

Think of a Property as anything you want to Inspect on its own. This includes separate units, even though a complex may be one building or one plot of land. We encourage “property” to be synonymous with “unit”.

For example, here are example property names for single family homes:

  • 123 Smith St
  • 234 Jones Ave

Each separate unit or common space in a complex is also treated as a single inspection property:

  • Lake Apts Unit 1A
  • Lake Apts Unit 2B
  • Lake Apts Unit 3C
  • Lake Apts Rec Room
  • Lake Apts Pool

Add a New Property

Once you have downloaded the app and created an account, you can start to add properties. You will probably want start of by adding a new property and define Areas in it. Areas include rooms, such as bedrooms, bathrooms, dining rooms, hallways or closets, and other property features, such as Pool/Spa, Roof, and Systems (for heating & air conditioning, etc).

Using the App:

  • Open the zInspector app and, if prompted, log in. The main menu screen of the zInspector app will open.
  • Tap “New Property/Unit” to access the New Property screen.
  • Tap Quick Property or Full Property.

Which mode should I choose—Quick Property or Full Property?

The Full Property mode is ideal for property managers, home inspectors, real estate agents and anyone else who needs to create a compete profile of the home. Quick Property mode is primarily suited for contractors who are likely to focus on a very specific Area such as a Roof, Pool, Chimney, or System.

Full Property Mode

  • In the New Property screen, enter the property address.  Review the suggested property name (automatically generated by the app) and change it as needed. Tap Continue.
  • Now specify the number of bedrooms and bathrooms in the property by taping the + or – buttons. Select check boxes to indicate the presence or absence of a garage as well as front, side, and back yards. Tap Continue.
  • Select the number of bedrooms, bathrooms, whether the property has a garage and yard. Tap Continue.
  • In this mode, a list of anticipated areas, based on your input so far, is generated automatically. Tap the Description field below any listed area to add a free-text description of the area and click Okay (or Done). Tap the – button to the left of any area to delete it.  Tap on the Up and Down Arrows next to an area to move it in the list. To add a new area, tap the + button at the bottom of the area list.  (Additional areas include Dining Room, Entry, Keys/Remotes/Devices, Kitchen, Laundry Room, Personal Property, Safety/Security, and Systems and many more). When you have added and specified all property areas, tap Preview Property.
  • Review the listed property areas and their descriptions. Tap Back to make any changes and then tap Preview Property again. When you are satisfied with your area list, tap Create Property.

Quick Property Mode

  • In the New Property screen, enter the property address.  Review the suggested property name (automatically generated by the app) and change it as needed. Tap Continue.
  • Tap the + button for a New Area, and tap again on an area name to select it. Tap the Description field below the new area to add a free-text description of the area and click Okay (or Done).
  • When you have added and specified all property areas, tap Preview Property.
  • Review the listed property areas and their descriptions. Tap Back to make any changes and then tap Preview Property again. When you are satisfied with your area list, tap Create Property.

Tips for Creating Properties

  • If you are working in many different cities, and you do not visit the same properties very often, you may want to put the complete property address in the Property Name.
  • If you are using the Task Manager for scheduling,  you can create a new property with one click if it is not yet on the system.
  • Keep property names short. Property addresses will contain the full address, while the name can be abbreviated.
  • If you associate Account Numbers or other information to properties in your property software, include this in the Property Name to make it searchable.
  •  Commercial
    • Single Family Residential: Using Full Property will give you an easy to use template to start with.
    • Multi-Family: Use the Multi-Unit Property tool to generate many similar units at once.
  • Quick Tips for Property Managers
  • Quick Tips for Contractors

Activities and Areas in a New Property

What is an Activity?

An “Activity” is a term unique to zInspector. An Activity is a group of photos, videos and inspection notes for a particular property on a particular day.

  • Move-Out inspections for the same unit on two different days are two different activities.
  • Let’s say you are at a property for a Leasing Appointment. You may take 1 picture with Photo Inspection for your Leasing Activity. You may also notice a Maintenance item and take a few more photos and take notes. All these items are one Activity.

What is an Area?

An Area is something within a Property that you inspect. The simplest examples are Bedrooms, Bathrooms, Kitchen, etc.

  • Add an Area Description to your Areas to make them unique. The description should summarize any essential information for that area.
  • The most common unique descriptions are for each Bedroom and Bathroom:
    • Bedroom 1 can be described as “Master Bedroom – Northwest”
    • Bathroom 3 can be described as “Half Bath by Laundry”
  • Can I change Areas even after I have created the property?
    • You can change Area Descriptions at any time on either the website or mobile app. Your changes will sync to all your devices and Group Members.
    • Even if you do not have an Active internet connection on the mobile app, you can add Areas and change Area Descriptions.
  • How do I delete an Area if I have already created the property?
    • We do not allow deleting Areas on the mobile app after you hit Create Property. This is to ensure that all devices can work offline and prevent synchronization problems.

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