Under My Roof version 1.3 contains significant enhancements to the data it can track. If you update to version 1.3 on one device, you will need to update to version 1.3 on all devices the inventory is synced with in order for those devices to continue syncing. This includes inventories you may have shared with other Apple IDs.
Under My Roof version 1.3 is now available for download from the App Store and Mac App Store. This update is a a big one.
Enhanced Claim Support & Warranty Claims
Let last year, we had a slow leak in our refrigerator’s water line. Instead of water pooling around the refrigerator where you might notice it quickly, the water sank down through the floorboards and into the subfloor. By the time we noticed some of the floorboards had started warping, the water had spread through to multiple rooms, damaging the flooring, kitchen cabinets, and even parts of the walls. This resulted in a complex insurance claim and even more convoluted rebuild process that is still ongoing. Of course we used Under My Roof’s claims feature to keep track of it all.
Our previous experiences with home and auto insurance claims were minor by comparison and those experiences informed a larger part of the initial design of the claims feature. While helpful, keeping track of the rebuild inside of the claim entry was cumbersome and made it difficult to navigate the ever-growing pile of estimates, contracts, notes, and other documentation.
We ultimately realized it would be better to keep track of the rebuild portion using repair entries for our home, after all that was what that feature was designed for. But, we wanted to take it a step further and be able to link the repair entries with the claim, so that is one of features in this update.
But we didn’t stop there, we beefed up the entire claims section. We added support for keeping track of deductible and payout information, five new claim types, a general photos section for a claim, among other enhancements. We also added claims tracking for warranties, along with the ability to store receipts and file attachments with warranties.
This update isn’t just about insurance and warranty claims. Version 1.3 has a new section for keeping track of household supplies used in regular maintenance tasks, such as switching out air filters, replacing smoke detector batteries, and changing guitar strings 🤘. You can keep track of supply purchases and receive an alert when the quantity on-hand of a given supply drops below a certain level.
You can associate supplies with maintenance tasks so that whenever a task is checked off, the appropriate quantity is automatically deducted from the amount available. You can also track supply usage through the Parts & Supplies section of repair and change entries.
Beyond supply usage, maintenance tasks have been significantly enhanced in version 1.3. Prior to this update, maintenance tasks were scheduled at regular intervals (example: every two months). A number of you contacted us asking for more flexibility, so now when you create a new maintenance task you can choose whether or not it reoccurs at regular intervals, only once (once it’s checked off, the task is not rescheduled), or as needed (no set schedule, but performed only when necessary).
Beyond big changes to claims, the new supplies feature, and enhancements to maintenance tasks, version 1.3 also has the following enhancements and bug fixes:
- Repairs and changes now have a payments section for keeping track of multiple payments made to a contractor.
- Repairs and changes can be marked as capital expenditures.
- Repair and change entries now have an optional completion date field for long-term projects
- New option to mark a home as a rental if you are renting your home, with additional fields appropriate for renters such as deposit, lease amount, and move-in date.
- Revamped interface for transferring moving boxes to a different home.
- Moving boxes that are sub-locations of another moving box (box inside of a box) now appear in the item list when browsing the parent moving box.
- An animated Getting Started walkthrough for new users.
- New Capital Expenditures, Available Supplies Summary, and Supply Usage report types.
- A more direct option to copy a photo or receipt to the pasteboard.
- Add a file attachment as an image straight from the camera (iPhone & iPad only).
- You are now prompted to make a backup of your inventory before deleting a home.
- An option in Settings to disable the beep sound when scanning a barcode.
- Fixed a bug where deleting a repair or change that is displayed in a modal window will leave an empty window.
- Fixed a scrolling issue in the data entry panel on the iPhone and iPad.
- Fixed a bug where partial dates could be entered where full dates are required on the Mac.
Under My Roof version 1.3 is available through the App Store (iPhone and iPad) and Mac App Store (Mac).