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The Best Apps for Home Maintenance-2.0

Back in June, we analyzed some of most recent home improvement apps available.  (Need a refresher?  Visit http://www.lindusconstruction.com/blog/2012/06/the-best-apps-for-home-maintenance/)  This blog was one of our highest read in 2012 so we decided to again review the good, the bad & the ugly of home improvement apps.

Measure Master Promeasure master pro

Price: $5.99

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Features: This app’s features are useful because it lets users convert between metric & US measurements.  Functions include feet-inch-fractions, inch fraction, yards, decimal feet and decimal inches

Our Take: It’s great for calculations on the go but we’d like to see it come with a stair calculator function the next time the app is updated.

iRoofingiroofing

Price: Free

Rating: 4 Stars

Features: This app is designed for contractors with an iPad.  The app allows contractors to measure a roof and order materials.  Rather than having to get up on a roof, the contractor can utilize satellite images to properly estimate the amount of materials needed.  There’s a spot to show customers what their roof will look like by dropping in images of different roof patterns and colors.

Our Take: Great design; we love how handy it is when you’re on the go.  In a dream scenario, we’d love to see a version for the iPhone too.

ConcreteCalc Proconcrete pro

Price: $9.99

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Features: This app assists contractors with determining the amount of concrete needed for a project, eliminating waste and speeding up estimates.  On smaller jobs, it will even show you the number of bags of concrete needed.  The app can also convert different measurements used in building to different units as needed.

Our Take: More convenient than a physical calculator and much easier than doing the math yourself.  The information the app provides is accurate.

iScape

Price: $9.99

Rating: 4 Stars

Features: This app allows you to take a picture of your home and import photos of trees, iscapemulch, shrubs, grass, planters, etc. to see what they’d look on your property.

Our Take: We like this app because it allows you to see what different landscaping options would look like on YOUR home.  It’s user friendly and has lots of different pictures to choose from and it even includes an area for you to see what holiday decorations would look like on your home.

Houzz Kids’ Rooms

Price: Free

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Features: There is a plethora of photos of kids’ rooms with information on the people that houzzdesigned them and the products used.  You can add them to your ideabook for future reference.

Our Take: We LOVE the Houzz app & website.  (Follow us and we’ll follow you back!)  This app is a really fun approach to designing a unique bedroom for your child and to see what others have done with filters for different age groups.  This simple platform allows you to sit down with your child and iPad and go over the endless possibilities.

HomeSnap Real Estate

Price: Free

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Features: Snap a photo of a house and find out its estimated value, bed/bath count, taxes, HomeSnap Real Estatearea schools, etc.  You can also type in an address to get information.

Our Take: We tried a few houses in our area and the information was incomplete and we felt, a little inaccurate.  It was disappointing to see current homes for sale online and not be able to pull up complete information in this app.  It might work well in other portions of the country or be great for amusement purposes but not anything to take seriously, let alone pay for in its current state.

Dwell

Price: Free

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Features: This app is the official app for Dwell magazine.  It has videos and slide shows of dwellmodern home designs and details on home design trends.  It’s integrated with Facebook & Twitter too so you can keep your friends and followers up to speed on what you like.

Our Take: Decent app but not as good as those produced by Houzz.  Fun to look at but we’d like to see more photos and an easier way to search for what you’re looking for.  It’s not something we’d pay for but for a free app, it is better than most.

Handy Man DIY

Price: $1.99

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Features: This app is designed to assist you with organizing your home renovation handy manproject.  There’s a spot where you can enter your room’s measurements to see how much trim and flooring you need.  There’s a how to section that links up with YouTube videos to show you how to complete certain home improvement tasks.

 Our Take: The YouTube section can be helpful if you need a refresher on how to do something or want to verify technique.  We caution you from undertaking a project such as installing siding on your own if you’ve never done it before.  The wish lists are good; we think the do it yourself tips could be better.  Points for the app being easy to use; we’d like to see it become even more comprehensive in future editions but it’s a start.

Have a home improvement app you love or love to hate?  Let us know by shooting us a message on Facebook and we may include it in an upcoming blog.

Tune into AM 830 WCCO on Saturdays from 9:00-10:00am hosted by Denny Long and Andy Lindus to ask questions regarding your home improvement projects. Call us now at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com to schedule a free in-home estimate for your home improvement needs today!

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