Smartphone applications are meant to help us better manage our lives, and our home lives are no exception. As a new homeowner, you‚Äôll be extra busy moving in, getting organized, and fixing up and decorating your new space. Try using some of these homeowner phone apps to help streamline the moving process and to manage your new household by keeping on top of organization, home maintenance, and design ideas.
Apps for moving:
Moving Van by Glimmer Design Limited. Get organized before your move and help make the moving process seamless with Moving Van. This application lets you take a picture of the contents of each box and assign that box to a room in the new house, allowing users to easily look up and locate each item they‚Äôre looking for after the move. This app works equally well for locating items in storage and well-packed closets or garages. Available for iOS only.
Photo Measures Lite by Big Blue Pixel. This application uses photos to record measurements of spaces around the home. Simply snap a picture and then record the measurements you need right on top of the photo. Use your measurements to see if furniture will fit into the intended spaces, to order supplies for home improvement and repair projects, or to calculate and record the square footage of spaces. While this app was developed for iOS, there a similar app was created for Android by Mobile Software called My Measures and Dimensions Lite.
Apps for home maintenance and repair:
Home Maintenance by POJO Software puts all of your regular home maintenance items on a schedule and sends you reminders when maintenance is due. You can also keep track of the date and costs of purchases and repairs, including details about the purchase of your home. You can use this app to track the upkeep of second homes and rental units too. Available for iOS only. For Android try the similar Home Maintenance Scheduler by Cooloy.com.
DIY Toolbox by Daydreemin helps you manage any big or small home improvement project. In addition to calculating the cost of supplies, you can create materials lists, record and convert measurements, and even estimate the amount of paint, flooring, concrete, or gravel you‚Äôll need to fill a designated space. Available for iOS only.
Apps for decorating:
Color Change by Indivigital is a great way to try different paint color samples without the work or mess. This app lets you see what a wall, room, or any surface would look like in a different color, simply by snapping a photo of the existing space.
Try pairing Color Change with Color Capture by Benjamin Moore, which allows you to use a hue from any photo to find a matching Benjamin Moore paint color. Both apps are available for iOS only.
Houzz Interior Design Ideas by Houzz.com. Looking for great design ideas for your new space? Use the Houzz.com app to browse the internet‚Äôs largest database of interior design photos and bookmark your favorite inspirations. Organize and save photos of your favorite spaces and design ideas for easy access, and even find a local designer to bring your design dreams to reality. Be sure to visit Case Indy‚Äôs Houzz profile to view many of our home remodeling projects. While this app is currently available only for iOS, a similar app for Android is under development.
About the author: Jennifer Riley Simone works at Case Remodeling Indy. She writes about home remodeling services to help homeowners follow trends and make sound decisions when it comes to planning their own home updates.