Some of the most valuable business information home inspectors have are our reports and the photos we use to create them. The risk of losing that data is something that keeps many home inspectors up at night.
Tap Inspect archives all your reports and photos for you as part of your Tap Inspect account. We use cloud services and lots of safeguards. Some people want even more control and more options. That is why we built the Tap Inspect Google Drive Integration.
There are all kinds of ways and methods to backup and archive home inspection reports. Each have their pros and cons. If you have been manually saving your home inspection reports to a home computer or even to a portable hard drive this article is for you.
It takes time to manually archive your data. If you have ever had a hard drive crash you know how risky it can be to save it in just one place. You will not only save time using the Tap Inspect Google Drive Integration but your data will also be more secure and safer.
Setup the Integration
Google Drive is cloud based storage. Just like a big hard drive. It is part of the free services you get along with every Gmail account. Gmail is the free email service from Google. If you already have a gmail.com email address you already have Google Drive.
It is also included as part of the GSuite service for companies. We use GSuite for my home inspection company’s email services so we all have the same .com addresses instead of gmail.com. We also use Drive to share all of our company information from a single place.
Setting up the integration is as simple as turning it on in your Tap Inspect user account and then connecting to your Google account by signing in with your Google email address and password.
Using the Integration
Like most of what you see with Tap Inspect we have made it simple to use. Once you set up your Google Drive Integration it just runs. Set it and forget it.
When you first turn on the Google Drive Integration you can start the backup of all your existing inspection data from your Tap Inspect account. It will continue to run in the background until every report and photo in your Tap Inspect account has been backed up to your Drive account.
Each report is given its own directory using the date and the address of the inspection. The PDF report and all the photos are saved in that directory. This makes it simple to search your Drive using the address or data to find a particular report.