Owning a home can be a stressful business. Luckily, modern technology is there to make your life easier. Here are seven of the best apps for homeowners who like to get chores done quickly and economically.
1. Find a Professional Tradesman
Finding a suitably qualified professional can often be like searching for a unicorn. You have heard they are out there, but they sure are elusive. The ProSaver App is designed to help you find a professional in your local area. Use the search function to filter for the right tradesman local to you, and then contact them for a quote. You can use the ProSaver App to save on home improvement services, which for a cash strapped homeowner is always a blessing.
2. Seeking Inspiration
Home improvement is the fun part of owning a home, but finding inspiration is not always easy. Friends do not always have the same taste in color and furnishings, so with a large space to renovate and decorate, you might end up feeling a bit lost. The Houzz Design Ideas app for iPhone and Android is a cool way to look for inspiration. Browse through millions of photos of interiors and exteriors of real-life homes. You can even clip photos you like and save them to show your tradesman.
3. Shopping for Furnishings and DIY Equipment
Amazon is always a good place to start when shopping for home-related items. Amazon is the largest online retailer in the world, so if you can’t find it on Amazon, it probably doesn’t exist. The Amazon app is easy to use and you can order goods no matter where you are. You may also wish to try the eBay app for used goods. Instead of buying a new dining room table, search out an old second-hand pine table and have a go at giving it some shabby-chic style.
4. DIY Pro
DIY pros need a hardcore app that tells them how much lumber they need or the correct angle for a pitched shed roof. Luckily, there are lots of apps out there to make life easier. The Woodshop Widget App is perfect for trips to the lumberyard, as it lets you calculate the price of a load of hardwood. You can also use it to identity different wood types. The iHandy Carpenter gives you a complete set of tools for DIY projects, which is great if you need to calculate dimensions and convert from one unit to another.
5. Home Budgeting
Running a home is expensive. There are bills to pay, repairs to fund, and home improvement projects to finance. The Home Budget app for all operating systems is a useful way to manage your household expenditure. Use the app to track your bills and create a budget. You can even take photos of your bills and receipts and upload them to the app.
There are zillions of apps available in the iTunes or Google Play stores, so check them out and try a few on for size.