Top Apps For Your Home
Whether you own a home and want to make the most of it, or you’re saving and shopping for one, check out our favourite apps for planning, organization and inspiration!
If you’ve ever wondered, “Can this room pull off this couch?” Hutch is the easiest way to find out. This augmented reality app lets you take a picture of your space and completely re-outfit it with furniture, art and decor — and the items can even be purchased through the app. It’s like a virtual dressing room for your home!
Think of OurHome app as the control tower for your home…and your kids. This app lets you manage tasks, events and lists – all while sharing, assigning and rewarding completed items. It even offers automated reminders for all the things that need to get done in the house.
Updating a wall colour is a great design fix but choosing between Intense White by Benjamin Moore or Essential Gray by Sherwin- Williams isn’t so easy. Now, you no longer need to go and pick up bundles of paint swatches. Search by colour or inspiration for paints by top brands like Benjamin Moore and Sherwin-Williams, and save your favourites!
Wish you could see how your home would look with professional landscaping? With the iScape app, you can create a digital model of your home’s front or back yard. Populate the photo with your favourite plants, so you can see the design before digging at all.
Your tool belt just got emptier. Make sure the photos, shelves, mirrors, and artwork you hang are even and aligned with this helpful app. It’s an all-in-one tool kit that features a plumb bob, surface level, bubble level bar, ruler and protractor. Just hold your smartphone up to the wall and the app will take care of the rest!
This app lets you create floor plans simply by taking pictures. Use magicplan to generate complete job estimates, view your space in 3D, plan DIY projects, or furnish your home. An awesome app to take with you to purchaser’s visits prior to closing to figure out what will fit and what you need to buy!
The eRenovate App is free and simple to use. Snap some project photos, answer simple questions, tap a button. Sit back and relax while Canada’s best pros are connected to you through your smartphone, or online. You can then Request a Call or a Meeting with your favourites, and only they will ever receive your contact details.
Do you want to control your home’s thermostat even when you’re not there? Get control with the Nest Learning Thermostat – you will also be able to see your home with Nest Cam and Dropcam, and know if Nest Protect goes off, all in one place. Nest uses sensors, algorithms, and the location of your phone to do the right thing automatically, like turning off the heat and turning on the camera when you leave.
If you’re selling or buying a home or even signing off on school permission forms, DocuSign eliminates the need to be near a printer and scanner. You can complete approvals and agreements in minutes—not hours or days—from anywhere and on any device.
Instead of simply providing recipes, Kitchen Stories offers an array of photos and videos which also come with easy-to-follow instructions. Their mantra is, ‘anyone can cook’. Kitchen Stories presents food and recipes as nicely as possible, so if you’re susceptible to mouthwatering photos of food, then this might be the app for you.
Whether you’re shopping for a home and making notes, or planning for the one you have, Wunderlist is a well-designed to-do list and task management program that makes it easy to create a list and add tasks, due dates and reminders. Organize your ideas or focus into separate lists or create tasks within one list. You can also share them with whomever you collaborate, such as a spouse or your real estate agent.
Do you know where your money goes each month? Manage your bills, budget and credit score all in one place. Mint is a free app that helps you view your complete financial picture and track your spending. We recommend this app to anyone, but it’s especially useful for renters who need to crack down on their spending in order to save for a down payment. Use Mint to look for areas you can cut spending in order to save a little extra each month.
If you’re preparing to buy or refinance, knowing your credit score is a must. This site allows you to monitor your score and get updates on how you can improve it. You can also learn more about what affects your score, and it allows you to check as often as you want without affecting your credit record.
Canadian Mortgage App
Although there are many free mortgage calculators available for download, this app from CMHC will help you assess the monthly payment, closing costs, the maximum loan and more of the homes you’re interested in. These numbers should be used as a guide – work with your agent and mortgage professional to learn exactly what type of loan you’ll qualify for.
You Need A Budget
YNAB was started by a CPA to help him and his wife deal with real-life financial struggles. They created their own budget app that worked so well they rolled it out to the general public. The app monitors income and expenses, but also provides instructional support to help you become better at managing your money.
If school consideration is a thought for you, the school locator is a must download. By typing in the address of the home you are looking at, you can immediately find out which schools are in the area and how they were rated by the Fraser Institute. Click on the school and you’ll find out more details, like the “Five Years Rating.“
Part of enjoying your home is exploring what’s around it. Discover what’s located around the homes you’re interested in. The AroundMe app allows you to search for restaurants, gas stations, movie theaters, banks, and more! Just open the app when you’re viewing a home and see what’s nearby.
HouseCreep is “where the walls talk.” Want to know if a murder happened in your neighbourhood, where identified grow ops are, and which houses are supposed to be haunted? Public information about homes around the world is crowdsourced on this site. Just enter a neighbourhood and prepare to be in front of your screen for a while – a word of warning…this site is both addictive and as the name suggests, creepy.