Evernote – Searching for a new home can be fun. It can also be overwhelming. I always ask my clients to take detailed notes on the properties we look at, but anytime we look at more than 3 or 4 the properties start to run together. It becomes hard to remember which home had the granite backsplash and which one had that chandelier you loved. That is where Evernote comes in handy. Evernote helps you remember both the big stuff and the small stuff. You can record notes, take pictures as well as save documents. The real benefit to using Evernote however is its ability to sync with others and share easily across all of your devices. If you are out looking with your partner, both of you can be taking notes on your smartphone or tablet, then review them on your PC when you are home.
ColorSnap – Sherwin Williams has over 1,500 different paint colors. Instead of trying to keep all of their colors and associated #’s secret like they used to, they embraced their popularity and released this app. As you are browsing through homes, you are likely to see many hideous paint schemes, but you are also likely to find a few that you love. This app is perfect for the times that you love the paint colors but not so much the house. Simply pull this app out, snap a quick picture and you will instantly have the paint color and associated Number. Once you do find your dream home you can then take this app into any hardware store and pick up your perfect color.
Handyman Calculator – This one can really be a life saver. Not only does this app have every conversion calculator you can think of, it has cost calulators for every project you would ever want to tackle. How much will it would cost to put pavers in the back yard? How about tearing up the carpet and laying tile? The Handyman Calulator will let you know how much you will be spending.
Flashlight – You wont need this app often, but when you do, you really need it. I use this app myself, when its not a big enough deal to run out to my car to grab my mag light. The most common uses are when a light is burnt out in the garage or in a storage shed. There are any number of free Flashlight apps and they all do a great job. One thing to keep in mind is while these flashlights are very bright, they do suck up your battery quickly. So don’t plan on using this as a substitute for a traditional light.
AroundMe – So you have found a home you like, but before you make an offer don’t you want to know how far the closest amenities are? AroundMe is the perfect app for getting the location of those important destinations. Where is the nearest grocery store? How far will I need to travel to fill up my gas tank? Is there any night lift or fine dining around here? AroundMe will answer these questions instantaneously. As an added bonus they also provide GPS driving directions for locating the destinations the first few times you drive there.
Have you used any of these apps before? Do you plan on using them for your next home search? Let us know in the comment section below.