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12 Home Improvement App Musts!

12 Home Improvement App Musts!

Courtesy of Sean MacEntee
Photo Courtesy of Sean MacEntee

In an age where anything can be done via mobile device, why not home improvement?  From an app that allows you to digitally draw and create plans, to an app that turns your smartphone into a digital machine, here are 12 DIY apps that are available on both the App Store (iOS) and the Android Market.

1) Dream Home

A stream of beautiful interior design photos that you can update with specifics weekly.  Made to inspire, easy to navigate.

$0.99 for iOS, $1.99 for Android.

2) Houzz

A social networking app filled with articles, photos, discussions, and links to resources regarding interior design, home improvement and architecture.

FREE for both!

3) SketchBook Pro

Bring home improvement ideas & plans to live with this pro-level sketchbook.

$4.99 for both!

4) MagicPlan

Measure rooms with this app, and instantly get floor plans complete with symbols for doors windows, and furniture.  If you do not pay for the subscription versions offered, all of the plans exported will be watermarked.

Free to download, suggested to buy

5) & 6) Benjamin Moore Color Capture and Sherwin-Williams ColorSnap

Ever wanted to know what color that pretty rose in your garden is most similar too?  These two apps can help you out by matching paint color with photos you take on you smartphone

FREE for both!

7) WikiHow

Thousands of DIY how-to-guides on everything you could possibly want, including plenty on home improvements and repairs.

FREE for both!

8) iFixIt

Have an appliance thats not working?  Check out this app filled with guides for repairing everything in your house, even your car.  Learn how to diagnose problems, break open devices, replace parts, and make overall repairs.  They also have an online store in-app where you can buy tools and parts!

FREE for both!

9) iHandy Carpenter

This app uses the iPhone and iPad’s built in sensors to create all kinds of useful tools: plumb bob to check verticality of walls; a protractor to measure angles up to 180°; an onscreen ruler for small measurements; and a surface level and bubble level bar.

$1.99 for iOS

10) Handyman Calculator

With dozens of calculation tools ranging from unit converters (inches to centimeters); fractional calculartors; density calculators; arc length; and rebar weight, use this app for everything from drywall to tiling.

FREE for Androids!

11) iHandy Level

An essential if you are putting up pictures or shelves, this app will turn your smartphone into a digital level.

Free for both!

12) Home Improvement Calcs

With calculators and estimation tools for common home improvement, construction, and landscaping projects, this app is a must.  You can even enter the measurements of your room and the app will tell you how much floor covering you’ll need or how much concrete you need to mix for a retaining wall.

$1.99 for iOS

Of course, we at Pasadena Views Real Estate Team are always available to answer any real estate related questions to help you make sure that the updates you make to your home will yield the highest pay back value.  Give us a call today at 626-629-8439.


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