7 Apps to Help Set Up Home
After a Move

Weekly Smartphone App Roundup

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Moving into a new place can be like solving a jigsaw puzzle. The boxes have been unloaded, furniture is pushed to the side, with the walls bare like a blank canvas. It's an exciting, yet daunting and stressful moment of possibilities...or pitfalls. For those who need a helping hand after the big move, here are 7 home planning apps to help you get settled in...

iOS

Frame Up
Frame Up is an iPad-only app, but the concept is simply ingenious! After taking a picture of their wall, users are able to use Frame Up to plan a wall art/photo arrangement. Remember, it’s always best to test first before taking hammers or any tools to the home. Free

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Sun Seeker: 3D Augmented Reality Viewer
Determining lighting/light sources is as important as choosing a paint color when it comes to decorating an interior. Sun Seeker is an amazing tool for photographers, botanists, and home owners too, providing information about where exactly the sun will be shining from with the aid of augmented reality. Using GPS location, users can see the sun's trajectory throughout the day and plan accordingly. $7 - Also available for Android

Android

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Sherwin-Williams ColorSnap

Sherwin-Williams ColorSnap
Sherwin-Williams' ColorSnap is a handsomely produced app supporting the popular paint brand's massive catalog of colors. Browse through over 1,500 shades, or use color from a photo and get the perfect tone, and save physical space by saving all possibilities in the ColorSnap app rather than a swatch file. When you've decided on a color, simply save the mixture code for a trip to the hardware store. Free - Also on iOS

BuildApp Pro
Creating a room layout for optimal position of furniture before the heavy lifting is always a good idea, both for sanity and your muscles' sake. BuildApp Pro makes it easier for couples to communicate an ideal layout by creating a virtual 3D model of the apartment space and placing replica furniture. $6 - Equivalent for iOS

Windows Phone

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Left: Inventory - Right: Jack of Tools Pro

Inventory
Another opportunity offered during the process of moving into a new home is unpacking each individual item. This is the chance to finally log and gain a better understanding of how much and learning exactly what we own. Inventory acts as a handheld scanner and photo database (with built-in camera feature), offering a user particular fields to fill in details such as room, location, and volume for itemizing, an especially helpful tool for home insurance preparation. $1

Jack of Tools Pro
Jack of Tools is a digital toolbox of home improvement tools. For setting up shelves, use the level tool is handy for straightening. The flashlight is handy for low light situations, while the magnifying tool is great for inspecting details, and the sound meter can determine the threshold of 'how loud is too loud?' indoors. $2

Coming Soon

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Home automation and monitoring has taken off thanks to smart phones and compatible devices, combining an assortment of features once limited to expensive custom installed systems. And after moving, without furniture in the way, it can be the perfect opportunity to setup an automation system like WigWag, which allows homeowners to check temperature, turn on/off lights, and even schedule when the front door can be unlocked, with an open source system compatible with an assortment of home automation products already on the market. Coming soon for iOS / Android

(Images: Jason Rodway; as linked above)

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