Have you ever wanted to fix something around the house, but didn’t know how to do it, or lacked the proper tools? Maybe you’re a do-it-yourself enthusiast and you want to build or repair things on your own? Well, with the constant rise of smartphone technology and the ever-growing development of apps, you could turn to your phone or tablet to help you out.
Over the years, I’ve developed a fascination for lifehacking solutions and even though I’m still devoted to doing home maintenance the old school way – depending on my own knowledge and tools – I also started to use apps. These days, I always use apps when doing work around the house. Some are incredibly helpful and have saved me time, money, a lot of nerves and have even made my toolbox lighter. I’ve tested out many of them, and now I want to share with you my selection of the best seven smartphone apps that I’m sure will give you more control over your home and turn you into a DIY expert.
This is one of the most useful home improvement apps out there. Definitely a must have for and DIY-er, and an app that you should use before getting into a project.
Handyman Calculator is an incredibly comprehensive construction calculator. It includes numerous calculation features, such as construction project, woodworking, framing, time tracking, square foot calculation and a whole lot more.
You can find this app for Android, and it’s free.
What’s one of the most basic home improvement projects, something that everyone gets into at some point in their lives, even if they’re not DIY enthusiasts? Painting! And there’s an app that will make it a breeze. Okay, it won’t make it less of a physical task, but it will definitely help you with choosing the right colors without you having to actually purchase paint and test it on your walls.
It’s incredibly easy to use. Take a photo of the room you want to paint, open it in the app, and test out as many different colors on the walls as you want. TapPainter definitely gives you a variety of choice, saves you money and time. You can get it for the iOS.
HomeZada is the perfect home financial management app. If you don’t know what the term ‘home management’ means, it’s basically upkeeping, taking care of your residence, and this app will definitely help you with that.
Users log in info about their home and are able to manage everything, from maintenance schedules to home insurance policies. The focus is on budget management, and regular use will prove to save you money in the long run. It’s worth mentioning that with this app, you can manage multiple homes at once.
Stay in tune with maintenance tasks, home improvement, inventory, finances, market, and homeowner lifecycle. This cloud solution will turn your home digital, and you can get it for Android and the iOS.
Insteon is an app that will bring automation to your home. Described as a simple monitoring and controlling system, this app will turn a typical home into a smart one. Insteon makes your smartphone a remote control system for your residence.
You can control the lights, HVAC systems, open or close automatic windows and doors, set up security alerts based on your preferences and much more. LED bulbs, plug-in devices, wireless sensors and wall switches are all at your disposal, remotely.
Insteon is available for Android, iOS, Microsoft and Amazon devices.
Okay, this one doesn’t come for free, you’ll need to pay 1.99$ for it at the iOS App Store. But, it’s definitely worth it! This app has a lot of features that make it a perfect replacement for an actual toolbox, thus eliminating clutter from your home and definitely saving you a pretty penny.
The iHand Carpenter App features many items from your typical toolbox: steel ruler, protractor, surface level, bubble level bar and many more. So, instead of reaching to your toolbox for each individual tool, with this app, all you need to reach for is your smartphone.
Sometimes, you need to do more than just minor repair work around the house. You’re doing an entire project, like building a home office or maybe creating two smaller rooms from one larger. Whatever your project is, Handyman DIY is the app to go. Its focus is project management, and it will help you every step of the way.
This app enables users to plan everything, from painting a wall to remodeling an entire residence. Create shopping lists, lists of materials needed, work out a budget plan and much more. The best part is, this app comes with per-configured settings for individual projects which will give you even more control over DIY projects.
When it comes to DIY projects, a lot of them are repairs you want to handle on your own. This app does just that – iFixit is a home improvement app focused on repair work.
The iFixit App provides users with ‘mobile repair manuals for the digital age’. The guides featured with this app go into details and will explain to you the fundamentals of every item you want to fix, whether it’s a broken gadget or your home’s walls or floors. It combines a modern approach to doing repair work – it’s an app, after all – and an old school approach as well.
Best part? You can download the guides you want and use them later, in offline mode. This one is available for Android and Windows 10 devices.
These seven apps are easy to use, and most of them are free – those that aren’t, well, they’re a great investment and will still save you time and money. If you’re already a DIY-er and into lifehacking, these are definitely worth checking out. Even if you’re not into DIY projects, these apps are so easy to use, you’ll learn along the way and, and in the long run, you’ll be doing repairs and home improvement tasks on your own, with total confidence and control.
Where to get these apps? Google them and find your preferred version. And you don’t have to stop at these seven, feel free to search for others. Newbie or expert, you can always turn to the help of apps to handle any DIY project.
About the author
Jeff E. Brown is a freelance writer and a self-taught handyman with a knack for lifehacking and DIY projects. Based out of his home office where his two dogs keep him company while he types, Jeff loves writing about home improvement topics and tech solutions. You can reach Jeff via Twitter: @jeff8rown.