We teach with a checklist-style report, so that students can focus on learning the inspection process and not struggling with learning new software. While this is a good and reliable place to start, eventually you’ll likely want to move to a computer-generated report. There are a wide variety of options when it comes to reporting software and the up-front cost is only one consideration. Other considerations will include the quality and availability of technical support, frequency of upgrades to keep your software functional with new technology, future projected costs, included features, hardware requirements, mobile options, and integration with other software such as accounting or scheduling programs, etc. You’ll also want to consider the ease and degree of customization the software allows, so you may brand your business and not have your reports look like everyone else’s.
We recommend that you obtain a trial version of several different systems you think you will best like and work through the inspection process with each of them and really see what works best for you before committing to purchasing software. You don’t want to be fighting a feature you really don’t like or to realize you don’t use many features you’ve paid for.
In alphabetical order, here are some suggestions. This list is not meant to be all-inclusive and should not be considered to imply endorsement of those included, nor should exclusion be considered to imply inferiority.