Question. Is it best to just use my inspection software (HomeGauge) or investing in a pdf writer software for doing the 4 point and wind mitigation inspections? Thanks.
I don’t use HG or any others.
I use Pagemanager.
I import (click & drag) jpg blank files.
Then I can type on them, etc.
You can print/save jpg, pdf, etc.
Yes, there are several good choices that fit that bill. It will save you tons of time.
Pdf brand suggestions?
WindSurance ( I use it), put out by a NACHI member here.
Also, I’ve checked out Quick Fill, they have a solid looking PDF insurance form creator.
I only recently figured out how to get Homegauge to do what I wanted it to with the wind mitigation and 4 point inspection forms (this video was a HUGE help: Webinar: Using HomeGauge Forms, with a focus on Florida requirements - YouTube). Getting my signature to look normal was a hassle though, I wish it would tell us optimal sizing so that the signature doesn’t stretch and malform, because “width less than 300px” was more like a ballpark suggestion. However now I have Homegauge generating my cover pages and forms.
I don’t use it for pictures yet though. Maybe if I was turning in the html reports it would be one thing but I just didn’t like how it turned out for pdfs. maybe I’ll make some customized picture forms when I have the chance but for now I use the photo report generation with Xactimate (I’m also a claims adjuster). I just like that in addition to having my logo at the top corner of every page it outputs large, clear, numbered photos with captioning to the left of them that I can go back and edit with my pdf program. Obviously this isn’t going to be a viable option for most people though, unless you want to pay for an Xactimate license just to use the photo features.