Whether you’re looking to sell your home, buy a new home, or just keep up on the maintenance around your current home, there’s an app for that! The National Board of Realtors, Inman News, and other real estate sites have provided lists of all the best apps for house hunting, gardening, keeping up on maintenance, and more. Check out these five great apps for keeping everything home-related organized and manageable.
Color Capture and ColorSnap is a free app that makes finding the perfect paint color easy and keeps you from stressing out about it. If you have a favorite piece of furniture or you really like to color of one of your pillowcases, Color Capture allows you to use your phone’s camera to take a picture of the furniture, pillowcase, or whatever it is you like, and then the app will analyze the color and show you what the closest match is for paint! What if you need to touch up paint on one of your walls, but can’t remember what color you bought originally? Just snap a picture, let the app tell you the color, and head to the store! This app is available for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and Android phones; ColorSnap is available for iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry.
HomeSmarts is another free app that helps homeowners keep track of all of the maintenance tasks that come with owning a home. A short survey helps the app gather basic information about your home (you’ll have to answer questions about things like your heating and cooling systems, whether or not you have a garage, a pool, number of stories, etc.). After you complete the survey, HomeSmarts generates a yearly calendar with a schedule of all the maintenance issues you need to be aware of and even lets you customize how you want to be reminded.
HomeSnap is a great app for homebuyers, and it’s free! If you’re on the hunt for a home and you drive by one that looks interesting, just open the app and snap a picture. The app will search for the image and use GPS location to display real-time data from the local MLS and other sources on price, size, features, and pictures with information when it last sold. Once you’ve snapped a home the server will continue to track and update information on any price changes.
DocuSign for Mobile (REALTOR Benefits® Partner) is a free app but requires subscription to Real Estate edition, which starts at $14.95. App users can digitally sign DocuSign documents from their iOS or Windows 7 devices. The app captures the signature and the GPS location at the time of signing-a great safety feature. Additionally, the free DocuSign for iPad and iPhone app gives subscribers to its real estate editions mobile access to account features, and the ability to send, track, and securely sign documents.
Open House Manager is a great app for home sellers. It’s free for iPads running iOS 5.1 or later. This app allows users to manage open houses and follow up with potential home buyers. Potential buyers who visit your open house sign in on your iPad and the app syncs their contact information with other devices via iCloud. Then users can follow up with buyers through an email containing a brief survey.
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