Taloinfopistecom Oy has signed the first sale contract in Sweden for its resident and project communications application. Aros Bygg & Förvaltning, which operates in the Stockholm region, has adopted the Taloinfo.com cloud service to manage residential and project communications at repair and real estate management sites. Introduced to the Finnish market in 2013, Taloinfo.com is already being used at thousands of sites.
– Sweden is a promising market area for us, because the operating practices of construction and communications culture are very similar to those in Finland. Also, there is a significant repair backlog in Sweden, with tens of thousands of apartment blocks requiring piping and facade renovations in the coming years. Also new construction projects are continually being set up. However, no communications service similar to Taloinfo.com is currently available on the Swedish market, says the Managing Director of Taloinfopistecom Oy Heikki Niskanen.
In Finland, the application is currently used by nearly a hundred companies specializing in repairs and new construction, including contractors, constructors, and design companies. Through real estate managers, Taloinfo.com already reaches tens of thousands of residents in hundreds of housing companies. Taloinfopistecom Oy continues to develop the application in cooperation with residents. The company’s product development and programming operations are based in Iisalmi in North Savo.
– The selection of applications designed for the needs of real estate managers and construction companies is very narrow in Sweden. However, successful communications is vital in everyday life and also during renovations. Effective communications provide a competitive edge, and we are a pioneer in this area. We offer an excellent customer experience, at the same time improving the efficiency of our own operations, including project communications, says Lars Grandin, who works as a foreman at Aros Bygg & Förvaltning. The annual turnover of the construction and real estate management company, which mainly operates in and around Stockholm, is about 35 million euros.
Construction and repair are thriving in Sweden
An unprecedented construction boom began in Sweden in 1965 following a Government decision to quickly solve the housing shortage. Between 1965 and 1975, over one million new apartments were constructed as part of this ambitious programme, which was appropriately called “Miljonprogrammet”. At present, apartments built during that period account for around 25% of Sweden’s total housing stock, and very much of this stock is now due for renovations.
According to a survey conducted by the Finnish-Swedish Chamber of Commerce, the rate of housing construction in Sweden in the 2010s has accelerated. In 2015, more than 42,000 dwellings will be built, of which around 20,000 will be in blocks of flats. Housing construction in the country has not been this active since the early 1990s, and at the end of 2006.
In Sweden, the demand for housing has increased rapidly in the past decade, which is partly due to increased income levels, low interest rates, regulation of the rental market, and the exceptionally rapid population growth of recent years. The population is increasing in metropolitan areas in particular: for example, the population of Greater Stockholm has increased by over 9% since 2008. Outside the larger cities, population growth has been slightly over 2% a year.
A flexible and user-friendly application
Developed in Finland, Taloinfo.com is an online-based resident and project communications service for design companies, contractors, real estate managers, housing companies, and new construction sites.
The benefits of the service include ease of use and support of a range of different channels. In addition to residents, the configured recipients of resident communications can include, for example, family members of senior citizens, in which case the message will be sent to them also. Real estate managers can easily inform either all housing companies under their management, or only one building, apartments in just one staircase, or a specific apartment only. At new construction sites, the service enables different styles and furnishing packages to be compared using 3D images, videos, and marketing pictures, says Heikki Niskanen.
In addition to information distribution, the application allows the choice of renovation materials to be made easily, and payment through the system’s online store is equally convenient. The service can also be used to manage shareholder changes and to fill in apartment cards, worksite diaries, and supervisory documents. The system also serves as a drawing and document bank, and includes tools for making shareholder and feedback questionnaires.