As a homeowner, life is so busy that it’s easy to lose track of the little things. Especially when it comes down to minutia like changing smoke alarm batteries, room measurements, and insurance item catalogues. For all of these things, and more, these apps can make your homeownership experience so much better:
- iHandy Level (iHandy Carpenter) — iPhone, Android, & Web
If you’re an iPhone user, iHandy Carpenter comes with five tools to help with any household project. For $1.99, iHandy Carpenter uses your phone’s gyroscope to provide a plumb bob level, a surface level, a bubble level bar, a ruler, and a protractor. If you have an Android, you can get iHandy Level Free and get the bubble level bar tool for free.
- ColorSmart be BEHR — Apple, Android, & Web
Ready to refresh the COLOR in your home? BEHR allows you to preview, match, and coordinate colors from your phone or tablet with their ColorSmart app. Using this app, you can browse through all the BEHR colors, photo-match colors, preview the colors in different rooms and styles, and even paint the room image with the color you’re considering. It has the added ability to save colors, room images, calculations, and store locations of The Home Depot stores near you. ColorSmart by BEHR is available for iPhone, iPad, and Android.
- Photo Measures — Apple, Web, & Android
Tired of trying to keep track of all your home’s measurements on sticky notes or in notebooks? Photo Measures is available for Android and iPhone, and while it is among the pricier apps at $6.99, it is an incredibly valuable tool for planning and furnishing your home. Photo Measures lets you save and share dimensions on your own photos. The app helps you take photos of your home and record measurements on them, all in an easy to manage interface.
- AroundMe — Apple, Android, Windows, & Web
Now that you’re moved into the neighborhood, it’s time to check it out! AroundMe is exactly what it sounds like – it helps you find food, bars, ATMs, and more, so that you can make the best of your new neighborhood. Once you find a place, you can find their contact information, hours, menus, and more, all in the app. AroundMe is available for iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone.
- HomeAdvisor — Apple, Android, & Web
HomeAdvisor is perfect for helping the busy homeowner to manage their home and get in touch with contractors. If a task is too difficult for you to do on your own, or if you can’t find the time or energy, HomeAdvisor will refer you to industry professionals in your area. You can find reviews and ratings, compare local contractors, see the costs to install, remodel, or repair hundreds of home projects with the True Cost Guide, and keep track of and manage your projects and contractors inside of the app.
- BillMinder — Apple & Android
Plagued by late fees? BillMinder keeps track of all of your bills in one easy to manage place, and lets everyone in your household, regardless of Android/iOS device divisions, and backs up your data to the cloud so that you never lose it. As an added bonus, it personalizes charts and reports and tracks how you’re spending so that you can visually see where your money is going and where you can find savings.
- My Home Scr.APP.book — Apple & Android
My Home Sc.APP.book was published by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, and it lets you quickly and easily take pictures of your items, record descriptions, bar codes, and serial numbers for all of your possessions. It will organize information by room, and even puts together back-up files for e-mail sharing. This app will help you figure out how much insurance you really need and file a claim. In case of an emergency, you know that you have everything prepared for insurance and you can worry about more important things.
- Encircle — Apple & Android
Encircle is available on both mobile and web, and it allows for efficient gathering of visual and text information; it is the leading documentation tool for homeowners, and in less than an hour you can create a complete picture inventory of your home and create detailed text reports. You can use Encircle for insurance, estate planning, relocation, moving, or decorating. Having complete documentation of your home is always an easy idea, but Encircle makes it an easy one too.
- BrightNest — Apple & Android
BrightNest is the perfect catch-all app to keep your home in great shape without spending too much time on it! It will help you complete important home tasks with easy instructions, schedules, and friendly reminders. It will help you stay on top of everything from basic maintaining to home décor ideas. It will even store all of your favorite projects and sync your schedule with your calendar.
- Benjamin Moore Color Capture App — Apple & Android
This app has a simple, but incredibly useful function. Take a photo of a color anywhere you go, and the Benjamin Moore Color Capture app will match it with one of their more than 3,300 paint colors! With added features like a paint calculator, color combinations, and the ability to save colors and find places to buy them, this app does everything you could need in this area.