Everyone knows that home improvement projects tend to cost a pretty penny. After all, re-doing your kitchen or building a deck aren’t exactly projects that will remain cheap. But what people forget about home improvement projects is that the investment isn’t always just money, but time. And if time is money, you can stand to save a little bit of time on your next home improvement project.
So how do you do it? We recommend you turn to the world within your smart phone so you can discover faster and easier ways to finish your home improvement projects, cut the corners that can stand to be cut, and ultimately make yourself a better homesteader. Here are some apps that can help you save time on your next project.
The first thing you need to save time on? Ideas. That’s where Houzz comes in. Dubbed by some to be the “Wikipedia of interior and exterior design,” this free app is home to tens of thousands of high resolution pictures that can help inspire you to discover the best looks for your house. You don’t exactly have to sit around brainstorming if you want to find the ideas that will truly work in your home – you just have to turn to Houzz, the ultimate reference.
According to the New York Times, Houzz is actually one of the highest-rated nongame apps, with a five star rating earned even after thousands of people have rated it. If you’ve been someone to monitor app ratings in the past, then you know what kind of rarity that is.
Will Houzz do everything for you? No, but it will save time on that most crucial of time periods: planning. And it just may inspire you to avoid the procrastination typically involved with home improvement by giving you an idea that you feel genuinely excited by.
If you want to take the next step after Houzz, you can use this intuitive app that actually lets you have some control over the designs you get to see; in essence, it allows you to try out some designs on the app before you commit yourself to the home improvement project. If this doesn’t save you time not only on planning but on the project’s labor itself, then you’re likely going about the entire process all wrong.
Now it’s time for the actual work – the manual labor involved with home improvement. What kind of apps will help you out in this department? Well, you can start with Dimensions, an app that helps you with wall to wall measurements with – yes – sonar! Essentially, this app helps you to take all the measurements you would have otherwise taken more laboriously.
If you want how-to videos and instructions, then this is the app for you; it will give your smart phone the capability it needs to avoid constant “Googling” when you aren’t sure about how to handle your latest challenge.
About The Author
This article was contributed to Digitizd by Chris Turberville-Tully, a marketing strategist for Purely Shutters, a UK company offering shutters for doors and windows including cafe, tier on tier, full height, special shapes and tracking shutters.