We've featured 15 iPhone Apps for Home Design, and those will surely come in handy when setting up home. There are a few that are a bit more specific when it comes to finding a home, moving into that home, and preparing to set it up. Here are a few of our faves.
Zillow is a great free app for finding homes that are for sale in an area where you'd like to live. You can compare house pricing with those that have sold recently nearby and then view all of the specifics on a piece of real estate.
When I think of moving and all that goes into it, my head starts swimming with lists. There are a lot of list managing apps out there, but the one that I like the best is the Real Simple To-Do lists... and it is free!
Once you are ready to make the big move and all of your friends with trucks are mysteriously not answering their phones, just open up your Zipcar app to reserve a nearby vehicle for an inexpensive hourly rate. This one does require a membership, but if you live in an urban area and don't have a car it might be worth it. If not, please disregard this app suggestion.
Fast forward... you are in your new home and it feels like you are still in foreign territory. I find that a new coat of paint is a surefire way of making a home feel more like home. Picking your colors can be overwhelming. ColorExpert is a virtual powerhouse in the color spectrum. You can search Pantone colors, lift colors from photos that inspire you, or use the interactive Color Wheel to search through color schemes. At $9.99 it is a bit pricey, but its versatility makes the price fair. Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams both offer excellent free apps that correlate with their paint colors.
If you need some new furniture to go with your new digs, try SnapShop Inc. You can take a photo of your living room and then import images of furniture you like from their catalog to visualize what it would look like in your space. The selection is a bit limited, but it can be very helpful in giving you a little direction to get started.
I linked to it before and I'll link to it again. There are a lot of useful apps listed in 15 iPhone Apps For Home Design that are worth taking a second look at. Be sure to let us know what your favorite apps for setting up home are.
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