“Plans are of little importance, but planning is essential.” -Winston Churchill
Moving forward with a home renovation project is an important decision, one that would need careful planning in order to get great results. When the ideas start flowing and you’re serious about doing a home renovation job, your renovation to-do list is probably growing far beyond what you initially thought it would be. Aside from that, there’s design and budgeting to consider. Sounds like a lot to manage with just a pen and paper. Luckily, in this day and age, pretty much anything can be done right at your fingertips whether it be on your smartphone or tablet. There are some really amazing tools that really help you plan and execute your next home renovation project to perfection. Here are the top 5 home design, renovation, and budgeting apps homeowners are using today:
Project planning/management Tool
Buildshop is an amazing app for for homeowners, designers, builders, contractors, and pretty much anyone who is passionate about home design and construction. The software is free to download and can be useful for managing small to large home projects from to-do lists and organizing design ideas all the way through to managing budgeting expenses and various quotes from contractors. One of the best features is that you can organize all your ideas in one place and by different categories such as, bathroom renovations, kitchen renovations, and even new window replacements.
With this app, you could actually exchange communications directly with reputable contractors near you through the messaging feature. Try this app for your next home improvement project for better organization and full scope of the project including projected costs for the total project upon completion. Because most of us can relate to underestimating the total expenses for a project and going way over budget! This app can give you a better perspective on all the important details.
DIY home design and planning apps for home renovations
Homestyler is a really cool app that will bring your ideas to life in high quality 3D models of real products. With Homestyler, you can take photo of any room in your home to create your own 3D design playground. From there you can start designing the room in a virtual setting. See how a chandelier would look in your living room or maybe try a new paint on the walls and even add or rearrange furniture. With the ability to make changes and see how they look instantly, Homestyler inspires new ideas, it allows the home designer to experiment as much as they need to in order to design their dream home.
Interior Design App
Amikasa is another great app to help with interior design. It is a 3D room designer tool that allows you to build, decorate and restyle rooms using furniture, flooring and wall colors from real brands. It offers a 3D experience of your rooms with real products that you can experiment with
Apps that connect you with trusted local contractors
Businesses can’t get away with dishonest practices like they used to in the past. Not with the wealth of information being shared online nowadays. Finding a trustworthy local contractor can be easy with the app eRenovate. When you download the eRenovate you can handpick from the top contractors across Canada. You can request a call or book an appointment directly through the app or simply get your questions answered by professionals. Before selecting your favourite pro for the job, read through verified customer reviews and see why others loved about their contractor or if there were any issues at all.
Another awesome feature of eRenovate is the ability to obtain multiple quotes and compare the features, benefits and costs of various services before moving forward with choosing one for your important home improvement job. Once the project is complete, review the work of the contractors you hired and share your experience with other users on the app.
Home budgeting and personal finance apps
Before the era of digitally enhanced budget and planning apps, homeowners used to simply hope for the best, but plan for the worst when it can to home renovations. That’s a stressful way to live while you’re making big changes to your home! Home renovations shouldn’t be stressful, it should be an enjoyable project you can feel proud of from beginning to completion. Part of that comes with perfect planning and proper budgeting for renovation expenses. Home budget with Sync will help you organize all the household expenses including other household members. This app will give you a full scope of your income versus expenses which are sorted in categories such as mortgage, utilities, telephone, groceries, entertainment, and more. Based on your income, you can get a better picture on how much cash flow you have each month to put towards home renovations while forecasting how long it would take for you to reach a financial goal for this project.
Most of these apps are free or cost little to get started and are available on both Andriod and IOS platforms. Give them a try and find better ease in planning large or small home renovation projects. Remember, these apps are best for planning and organizing your ideas however, in terms of executing the job, hiring a professional contractor or installer will ensure the job is correctly without the added cost of fixing errors from DIY job gone wrong.
Getting brand new replacement windows and doors is the kind of home improvement project that requires the precision and skills of an experienced installer. You’ll be able to plan your next window replacement job and how great they’ll look in your home with the great apps. If you’re ready to take the next step and move forward with your next home renovation project, get connected with experienced contractors near you. For all your home window and door replacements, contact Clera Windows and Doors. One of our experienced window and door professionals would love to meet with you to help you make your design ideas a reality. Book a free consultation today!