Home remodeling is big. How big? $126 billion annually in the
U.S. And, growing.
As consumers make decisions about upgrading their home,
they're turning to a host of new smartphone and tablet apps for
Here are a few apps that might be helpful.
- (Free) Originally designed for both the Apple (NASDAQ:
) iPad and iPhone, Houzz is now also available as an
app. It features interior and exterior home photos, articles,
product information and recommendations and a social media-based
user forum. Houzz also serves as an idea source for homeowners as
they plan remodeling projects.
Claiming to house the largest residential design database in
the world and an active community powered by social tools, the
website, and apps provide everything from design inspiration,
project advice, product information and professional reviews you
need to complete your remodeling project.
- (Free) Like Houzz, Zillow (NASDAQ:
) Digs is an idea organizer. Both applications are similar to the
popular website, Pinterest, which allows users to browse photos
and other images and save them to idea or project boards.
Available only online and as an iPad app, Zillow Digs includes
cost estimates for many remodeling projects and links to more
than 20,000 home improvement professionals and more than 30,000
- ($1.99) This iPhone and iPad app provides you with access to
Craigslist postings - including antiques, building supplies,
furniture and so forth. It also allows you to post ads things you
wish to sell. It's more of a shopping tool than remodeling tool -
but quick access to online sales can be very helpful. Also
available in an
The Home Depot
- (Free) Home Depot (NYSE:
) designed this iPhone and iPad app to allow users to create a
shopping list all their remodeling supplies. With access to
information on more than 100,000 products, plus the ability to
scan bar codes, look items up, and compare prices, you can save
time and money without leaving your phone. Also available for
- (Free) Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-B) subsidiary, Benjamin
Moore designed this iPhone and iPad app (not available for
Android) for professional painters, but homeowners can use it as
well. The app allows you to take photos and browse through
Moore's over 3,000 stock paint colors. The app also offers a
connection to the company's customer support.
Kitchen Planning Guide
- (Free) Homeowners and contractors alike can use this app as a
planning guide to keep track of information for all types of
kitchen remodeling. It keeps track of plans for improvement as
well as how the family uses the kitchen and is available for all
major platforms including iPhone, iPad, and Android.
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