HomeGauge Company Update – December 2020

Here’s What We’ve Been Up To

2020 has been a most extraordinary year. We could not be more proud of how our HomeGauge family has come together to further the growth of this company, our Inspectors, and our products.

We came into this year with a unified vision of being the best home inspection software company. We have heavily invested in our Product, Engineering, and Support Teams so we may continue providing the tools and services you need to be a successful Home Inspector.

Shifting our discussion to software, we’re excited to announce that our new web-based report writer rollout is now beginning after partnering with many Inspectors in our beta program to ensure the best possible product. Thank you to all who contribute to our beta programs and the ongoing development of this great new tool.

Here are some highlights delivered since our last update:

  • 2x updates to our Android Companion app to provide better photo handling.
  • 2x updates to our iOS Companion app to better support our Apple users.
  • 2x Desktop Writer updates launching improvements, including a new report print format.
  • 1x Web Writer open beta, making it available alongside the Desktop Writer for all customers with a HomeGauge Subscription, including services.

What’s New With HomeGauge?


Your Choice Of Report Writer

HomeGauge has always been known for its highly customizable and flexible desktop report writer. Many of our most loyal customers have been with us for a decade or more because of it, and we are very grateful for them. We have continued our commitment to our desktop version to support those who prefer a desktop writer.

We also recognize that many Inspectors prefer a tool focused on simplicity and speed and want something they can take with them while they do their work. For them, we have developed our new Web Writer and have invested heavily in our Android and iOS apps.

Every Inspector with a HomeGauge subscription or services will have access to both versions of our software. They can use each one as their preferences and circumstances change at no additional charge.

Desktop Writer Updates

Our teams have been busy tackling your feature requests and addressing bugs as they are reported. Here are some highlights from the last few months:

Improved performance & reliability: More resources than ever have been applied to the desktop writer as we focused on bringing the app up to date and knocking down many bugs and Inspector requests. We addressed many long-standing performance issues. 

We’ve also added a new report print format.

Web Writer Rollout

This rollout is now beginning, and it will expand access to the Web Writer beta for all HomeGauge Inspectors with an active HomeGauge subscription, including services. To ensure you have all of the training and support you’d expect from HomeGauge, we will be rolling out access in waves from December 2020 through Q1 of 2021. 

Our new Web Writer offers a powerful experience in any browser across all device types, including iOS, Mac, Windows, and Android, with dedicated apps coming soon. This version also seamlessly integrates with the Inspector Dashboard, is significantly faster than our classic desktop writer, and allows you to complete your reports from start to finish on your mobile device.

Once the rollout of our Web Writer is complete, any Inspector with an active HomeGauge subscription, including services, can access this new tool as part of their current package.

With this new Web Writer, you can create reports seamlessly across devices, including Apple devices, without synchronizing. This means you can start, complete, and deliver your report on a single device (including mobile devices).

Like our desktop version, our web-based report writer will continue benefiting from our ever-growing Engineering team. We have built a destination page for you to monitor our progress with the Web Writer, read our FAQs, and check out our future plans.


Companion App Improvements

This year, we have made huge strides in improving the mobile experience for iOS users. We’re happy to announce that our 3rd update for iOS users was released in October 2020, with more updates planned.

That’s not all.

Our Companion app is now included with all HomeGauge subscriptions. If you use the Companion app on Android, you may have noticed that Google changed the rules surrounding using third-party camera apps. To make life easier for all, we decided to double our cloud transfer limit to 600MB at no additional charge. We’re also working on enhancements to the Android app so that you have better control over the quality of the images you upload.

For those of you who use the same phone or tablet for work and family, you no longer need to pick a different camera for each occasion. Take the picture using your preferred app, and HomeGauge Companion will handle the rest, resizing as necessary.

ScheduleNow Enhancements

ScheduleNow is well on its way to becoming HomeGauge’s unified online scheduling solution. Recently, we added even more options to allow bookings on your website, including allowing your customers to provisionally book a time slot you can then approve to make the appointment official.

ScheduleNow will replace our Classic scheduler, incorporating updated ‘request appointment’ functionality. Our feedback confirms that this is undoubtedly simpler and faster for you and your customers.

Check out a recent webinar about ScheduleNow, made by our HomeGauge Product Team.

Learn more about what ScheduleNow can do for you and your business here.

Extended Customer Support Hours

HomeGauge has always stood out by offering the highest level of support in the industry. We receive and support thousands of requests monthly through our phone lines, email, and live online chat feature. 

HomeGauge is now providing ALL HomeGauge Inspectors with even more support! The extended hours for our live online chat and phone support are now 9 am-8 pm ET, Monday through Friday.

Other Notable Improvements

  • Our larger franchise customer solutions have been updated, and these users can now take advantage of more of the outstanding benefits we’ve been offering the rest of our users.
  • We made several under-the-hood and user experience updates to make it easier for your customers to get their reports quickly and easily. A couple of examples of what you likely noticed include better printing of agreements and receipts, improved payment screen formatting to improve usability, and customer comment was added as a prefix within CRL to provide a clear distinction between the comments of a customer and those of an Inspector. 
  • More details on all of our recent releases can be found at:

In Conclusion

With the expansion of our Teams and offerings, as we approach our 20th anniversary, HomeGauge now has more Inspectors and Team Members than ever. It is these partnerships that help us all grow, and we owe our complete thanks to each and every one of you!

To reach out to us with your next big idea, you can contact the HomeGauge Product Team (we regret that we cannot answer every suggestion, but we promise that we read everything). 

Here’s to a big year in 2021!

— HomeGauge

Paul M

Paul McIntyre


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