Remodeling the house is a mammoth task. And if it’s left up to contractors and builders, you could spend a huge amount of money.
But how about you “do it yourself”?
In fact, statistics say that only 41% of the population would leave it to the professionals, whereas over half of you feel confident enough to give it a go yourselves.
But doing it yourself means you’ve got to plan, design, get the right tools and supplies and more!
But before you rush down to the local hardware shop, first visit a virtual store! Yes, use your smartphone, whether it’s Google Play Store or the App Store and check out their cool DIY apps!
Keep reading for five home improvement apps that will assist you with your next DIY project.
Home Improvement Apps
Okay, so you’ve all heard of Pinterest (for inspiration) and YouTube (for “how to” videos) but there are several other apps that can help you with very specific tasks.
For example, you can:
- Find the perfect color scheme
- Get inspired by decorating ideas
- Calculate the number of tiles needed
- Measure a space
- Rearrange your furniture virtually
- Hang pictures or mirrors with a digital level
These next five home improvement apps are all unique and useful in their own way. Most are free or cheap, so don’t be shy to download them and test them out for yourself.
1. Home Design 3D
This app allows you to build a 3D model of your home so you can visualize what your home improvement project will look like. Many professional companies actually use similar software when they are designing a home.
You can basically design it to look any way you want. With a database of over 1000 items, you can even furnish and accessorize your virtual home.
Using this app can also help you to iron out any issues before you start demolishing things!
Available for iOS and Android. And it’s free! But can be upgraded to a premium version for those hardcore DIYers!
There are many other similar home improvement apps, some free and some available in a range of prices. For example, Magic Plan and Adornably are both excellent apps for designing your home, giving you the chance to try before you buy!
ColorSnap is an extremely useful app that can help you pick the perfect color for your home.
They have a huge selection of colors to choose from. The app features a photo color matcher, paint previewer and you can even create your own color palette.
The purpose is to help you to digitally test your color scheme ideas without wasting time painting and repainting until you’ve got it right. It’ll save you a lot of time and energy in the long run.
Available for iOS and Android. It’s free! Yay!
Other similar apps include TapPainter and Project Colour, which both have similar features of giving you the opportunity to play with colors before you grab a paintbrush.
3. iHandy Carpenter
This app allows you to turn your smartphone into a carpentry toolkit! It really lives up to its name, as your phone is totally handy and small compared to dragging around a load of bulky tools.
The app includes a ruler, surface level, steel protractor, bubble level bar and plumb bob, all useful carpentry tools.
Available for iOS and Android. Can be purchased for $1.99.
Another practical carpentry app is The Woodshop Widget, which is available only for iOS at $3.99. It includes a helpful collection of calculators and converters specifically designed for woodworking projects. A cool feature of the app is that it can estimate how different kinds of wood can expand or shrink under different conditions.
Just like Wikipedia, but tailored especially for DIY. Wikihow contains thousands of how-to guides. From quick repairs to major DIY, Wikihow has got it all.
Wikihow completes its instructions with illustrations and videos. You can browse and search categories, bookmark specific how-to’s for offline reading and keep up with their featured articles.
This handy app also includes smaller DIY or craft projects, so you can finish off your decor nicely. Another useful feature (only currently for iOS) is the inclusion of first aid tips, which might be useful for those common DIY accidents!
Available for iOS and Android. Another freebie!
DIY Tip Genious app is also full of great DIY advice. From helpful techniques and professional guides to random household tips, it’s a helpful source to have when it comes to home projects.
5. Pro Landscape Home
Many DIYers put loads of time and effort into designing the interior, but what about the exterior?
The Pro Landscape Home app is similar to interior design apps, such as Home Design 3D mentioned above, but it focuses on the exterior of your home. You can take a photo of your backyard and then start designing your outdoor space.
There are thousands of shrubs, trees, flowers and garden accessories to choose from. Even extra features such as a fire pit or patio set are available.
You can add your chosen plants and accessories into your virtual backyard to visualize what your newly landscaped garden will look like. A cool feature this app includes is, if you tell the app your location it will help to choose plants and flowers that will thrive in your climate!
Available for iOS and Android. And again, it’s free as a bird!
There are a few more apps with similar features, such as PRO Landscape Companion, that can also help you to visualize your dream garden!
Leave It to the Professionals
Yes, these apps are super cool and can help you to be successful in your DIY projects. But sometimes it’s best to leave it up to the professionals.
Your phone continues to help though! Through several apps, you can view most major hardware store chains or professional builders in your area.
This is especially helpful if something goes wrong or if it’s something you can’t fix alone.
For example, a blocked drain. You can use different kinds of chemicals or a plunger for a while, but if it’s a consistent problem, only a professional plumber can solve the issue. Dr. Drip Plumbing professionals are well equipped to handle a blocked shower drain, check out their page for more information.
A New World of Technology
As you can see, technology is advancing more than ever before. Your smartphone isn’t just for sharing photos online anymore. It can really help practically, especially with these home improvement apps!
While your phone can’t replace a full set of physical tools, it can help you to design, measure, calculate, order and find qualified professionals!
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