What’s next for termite inspection report writing?

The future of termite report writing:

What’s next for termite report writing? All digital and paperless systems are coming and some software developers are experimenting with the technology at this time.  Inspectors will carry a mobile device during the inspection to note their findings and diagram the property.  Inspectors will then be able to use that data to create an actual termite report and  e-mail the report to the customer while still at the property.  You would think that everyone would be using handheld devices to write termite reports by now but the technology still is not quite ready.

There are several hurdles to overcome before it becomes the industry standard to use a mobile device to write your termite inspection report in the field.  Cost of mobile devices and software, cost of mobile internet access and lack of full coverage for all areas, and software that is designed specifically for inspectors making field reports is still not quite ready.  If using a mobile device to write termite reports is not faster and easier than quickly sketching a drawing and making your chicken scratch notes all over the field sheet then inspectors are going to be reluctant to change.  When the technology is ready I believe the first users will be small companies where the inspector is the owner of the company.  They will see the value in overcoming the learning curve and use the technology to have an edge over their larger competitors that aren’t ready to jump into the future.  We are still about 5 years away from having everything in place to make this a reality and 10 years away from it being so common that all inspectors will reminisce about the old days when you used to hand write termite reports and then take them back to the office to generate a report.

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