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Do you need to know the measurements of a property before you actually visit for the first time? Does your pricing vary based on something like roof, lawn, or pool size? You can use Google Maps to measure distances using satellite images of a property and then record the measurements in Jobber. This saves you a drive across town and allows you to digitally measure twice, cut once.
Start on the client's profile and click on the map pin. If a client has more than one property, click on the property you want to measure to open the property details page. From that page, click on the map pin. Clicking the pin icon will open Google Maps.
Once you're in Google Maps, switch over to the satellite view.
Tip: The option to switch to satellite view is in the bottom left corner of the map.
From the map, zoom in so you can be as precise as possible. Choose from where you want to measure and right click. From the menu, select Measure Distance. The point you right clicked on will become the starting point. Keep clicking on the map to create more points. If you are measuring an enclosed area like a roof or a lawn, click around the perimeter of the area you're measuring until you have returned to your starting point. Google Maps will then give you the total area and the total distance.
Record the distance with a custom field
Now that we have the area and distance figured out, let's record it! The best way to keep track of this is with a property custom field, which can be created from the Gear Icon > Settings > Custom Fields. In this scenario, you will want to title the custom field something that reflects what you've measured such as "lawn size" and select text field as the field type. Make sure to leave the default value field blank, in this case every measurement will be different so we don't want to have anything in that field by default.
Once the custom field is created, you will see it in the additional property details section of the edit screen for a property. This is where you can enter the measurement calculated from Google Maps.
Click Update Client to save this measurement.
Now that we have that entered, when you look back at the property details for this client, you'll see their lawn size.