In both the residential and commercial property businesses, a range of innovations are transforming the way property managers take on day to day tasks.
However, the human touch and rapport between manager, landlord, and tenant remain central to the work of the property manager. Deciding where to draw the line and where to automate will be a defining industry question in the coming decade.
The Challenges Faced by Property Managers
Property managers juggle many tasks and challenges, from maintenance and inspections, managing tenants, to working within an ever changing regulatory landscape.
As a result, prioritizing tasks and freeing up enough time to carry out everything that needs doing is a significant challenge. This necessitates innovation, as property managers constantly need to find better, smarter ways of working.
But overshadowing all of that is the single greatest challenge: ensuring profitability. A major part of this is keeping costs down, which isn’t always easy in an industry in which unexpected issues are never far away.
One of the single biggest overheads being maintenance and repairs.
How Drones Support Smarter Property Management
Fortunately, there are ways to keep maintenance costs down, avoid expensive system failures, and reduce the amount of money lost resolving foreseeable problems.
Many property managers are now embracing drone technology as part of a more proactive approach to building maintenance. From roofs and parking lots, to chimneys and HVAC units, quick and effective aerial inspections offer a simple way to reduce maintenance overhead in the long term.
With regular aerial inspections, property managers can spot, keep track of issues, and take action before they become serious. The use of drones can also reduce inspection times from hours down to minutes - all while gathering data that can be objectively analyzed by all parties involved.
And better still, in many cases the technology removes the need to put staff in dangerous and hard-to-reach areas.
The introduction of drones into maintenance workflows is a no-brainer from every angle. With aerial inspections, problems can be quickly and cheaply identified and resolved compared to manual methods. Serious incidents can be averted, leaving property managers with more free time to focus elsewhere and a simpler path to profit.
Aside from proactive maintenance, drones can also gather high-quality photos and videos. These can be used to create compelling marketing material and keep landlords and tenants in the loop if and when works are ongoing.
DroneBase Solutions for Property Management
DroneBase offers a number of solutions for Property Management professionals. The basis of all of these are high-resolution aerial images, video, and orthomosaics (2D maps). This data can be used to improve stakeholder visibility and provide insights for all kinds of properties and work sites.
We also, DroneBase Insights, offer automated reports as part of an end-to-end aerial property inspection solution. You can even choose to integrate thermal data to receive insights that aren’t visible to the naked eye.
DroneBase’s pilot network can gather actionable data where and when you need it, from roof & equipment inspections, parking lot inspections, investor due diligence, and marketing capture, there is a drone solution no matter then need.
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