There’s an app for that. There are thousands of smartphone applications, including ones that can help you decipher which upgrades will add value to your home. Virtually sample home adjustments before spending time and money on renovations. If you’ve ever sat on your couch and wondered how it would look across the room, or whether the walls would look good in red, these apps will offer a quick way to imagine design changes that will appeal to buyers.
- Home Design 3D turns a two-dimensional view of your home into a three-dimensional graphic that you can view from any angle and even walk around as if inside. You start in two-dimensional construction mode, adding rooms and adjusting their size and shape to match your place. There are options for doorways, windows and other openings, and you can choose to color walls or floors with textures that look like wallpaper, carpet or wood or simply a uniform color. When your design is done, you click on the 3-D button to turn it into a 3-D version.
- Houzz Interior Design Ideas is an extensive catalog of photos, listed by categories like Family Room, Wine Cellar and Exterior. Tap on a category, select a subcategory like Modern or Tropical and scroll through the photos. You can bookmark designs you like in your own idea book, or export them to Twitter or through e-mail. The app also has lists of products for sale and professionals who can help you realize your design.
- Benjamin Moore Personal Color Viewer allows you to paint a room or the exterior of your home virtually and see how paint colors will look before you pick up a paint brush.
- Mike Holmes Make It Right is useful for bigger projects. This app tied to the HGTV show Holmes on Homes can help you feel a bit more in control: Create and revise project schedules, track costs, store photos of your progress, and store worker contacts.
- iDonatedIt will encourage you to keep your home clutter-free for home showings. This app will keep track of what you give to charity, and estimate the value for tax purposes, based on condition and age. You can also snap photos of items and receipts — a good idea in case the IRS has questions later.
These apps will keep you stress-free while preparing your home for the housing market.
What applications and tools have you found to be useful?
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