Like most people, ever since I got an iPhone I’ve had such fun finding cool apps to download. There are just so many great ones out there. Today’s guest post shares some very cool apps for the home and home renovation. Let me know if you use any of them and what you think.
Crossing items off your DIY home project list is satisfying. There’s something to be said for tackling home projects yourself and saving money in the process. If you’re an organization junkie like me, you might find yourself investing a lot of time into keeping your plans organized and on-track. This task can become somewhat daunting unless you have tools to help you manage the process. Smartphone apps provide the perfect solutions for do-it-yourselfers who wish to keep projects simplified and organized from beginning to end.
- Dream Home. Sometimes the most crucial part of a new DIY project is the inspiration that leads up to it. Dream Home offers many high-quality photos of inspiring home interiors that you can view without Internet access. If you’re looking for color schemes, furniture arrangements or home decor ideas, this might be the app for you. (99 cents)
- Space planning tools. The last thing you want when buying new furniture is to bring it home and find it won’t fit into the space you had in mind. You can avoid this costly and inconvenient mishap with the Home Space Planning Design Tool, which helps you plan your living space wisely. Enter your room dimensions and use this app to create floor plans and make shopping lists for your room makeover project. ($1.99)
- Handy Man DIY. Handy Man DIY helps you make important project calculations. It also offers countless how-to videos for project inspiration and direction. If you’ve ever had a DIY project to go awry due to a miscalculation, you know how helpful an organizational app like this can be. Once you’ve chosen your project and create your supply and task lists, you can share them via email so everyone involved is on the same page. ($1.99)
- Home 3D. Some projects look better on paper than they do when you finish them in your home. To find out if that pumpkin orange paint or retro ’50s decor is really what you want for your home, you can use this handy app to see it before you commit. With Home 3D, you can test your paint colors and try out your new furniture to ensure you’ll get the look you want. ($6.99)
- Digital Locker. After investing so much time, money and effort into making your home beautiful and comfortable, it’s important to protect it in case of disaster or damage. Digital Locker is an excellent tool to help you create a text and visual inventory of your home. If you should ever need to file a claim on your homeowner’s insurance, you’ll have all the information you need at your fingertips. (free)
Putting it all together
Great organizational techniques have helped me take on many DIY home projects that might have been overwhelming otherwise. When you’ve got a home and family to manage, not to mention a career, making project supplies lists, checking measurements and sharing the details with your partner are tasks that you may easily overlook. Using one or more of these five DIY home project apps makes it easy to be organized. The best thing about these apps is that they help you simplify all the preparation and steps involved in starting a project so you can focus on the aspect you love best: improving your home and making it beautiful and comfortable for you and your family.
About the author: Zach Buckley is a freelance writer based in the Midwest. He enjoys exploring developing trends in education, technology and culture. When he isn’t reading or writing blogs, he enjoys sampling good music and good food. Follow him on Twitter! @Zach_buckley