Just because we’re a tech company stocked with a bunch of computer and marketing nerds doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate a little DIY Home Repair. Those ‘Honey-Do’ lists seem only to grow (I swear, honey, I’ll pull up that avocado tree this weekend!). But what happens when the toilet breaks down?
I know PHP, .Net, Design, APIs, SDKs, Software apps – and so on. Plumbing isn’t exactly my forte. But that’s what I love about apps and the world of the internet – home repair is just a few taps away. We thought we’d take a look at some of our home repair apps for iPad, Android and iPhones.
Keep in mind that these are just the best on the market – none is perfect. Which brings us to the other great fear of Mobile app development: There’s always room for improvement. More to the point, it’s inexpensive. If you have a flash of inspiration while reading this post, contact us today to get your app launched in as little as 30 days.
1. SnapGuide – iOS, Free
SnapGuide is more of a general how-to guide containing all sorts of guides for everyday tasks, from recipes to home repair. This is the ultimate iPhone and iPad DIY app for those who like to do everything themselves! Even better, this is a crowdsourced guide. Users can not only comment, share, and favorite specific guides, they can also create their own guides
2. Dream Home – Android & iOS;
Look, I can paint a wall. I can build minor stuff, patch holes and the like. But, dear god, please do not ask me to pick a color or questions about decorating. I’m hopeless. You will end up with mismatched furniture and a puce-colored room, guaranteed. That’s why this app is great: it contains an immense library of a variety of room design inspirations from top interior decorators. There is both a free and paid ($3) version available.
3. RoomScan – iOS ($5); MagicPlan – Android (free)
This is an Awesome app. It lets you create interior dimension layouts of your room – by simply putting your phone on each wall in the room. Yep, that’s it. In a few minutes, you will have a complete floorplan uploaded on your phone. While this isn’t on Android, I’ve got good news. The MagicPlan DIY app is basically the same thing. The difference is that you just take photos of the room’s walls instead of placing it on a wall. In my opinion, it’s the best home repair app for Android, especially moving (and arguably easier to use than RoomScan), because it takes the guessing and wasted work out of setting up a room, laying carpet, painting, etc. Plus it’s free!
4. Adornably – iPad (Free)
This is one of those new Augmented and Virtual Reality apps that are garnering so much news recently. Adornably lets users create virtual 3d images of a piece of furniture. Users can then move the representation around a virtual space (i.e. the living room) to see how something would look. This is a great home repair app for the iPad; specifically, the AR feature works exceptionally well with a tablet’s larger screen size and its improved graphics. Also, worth noting is the fact that it that this won a Webby for Best Tablet Shopping app in 2014. Pretty impressive.
5. Handy – iOS/Android (Free)
Let’s face it: sometimes we all find ourselves out of our league. Also, sometimes I’d rather have a beer and watch TV rather than fix the toilet. That’s where Handy Comes in. Sometimes, I really don’t want to do it myself. Handy connects me to dozens of providers for all sorts of home repair providers.
6. Home Sizer – iOS (free)
This is a great home repair app for iPhones. More specifically, its actually a home repair budget app. It’s perfect for those who are building a new home or those who are undergoing significant remodeling. This helps DIYers compare costs of various materials – by the square foot to help give a realistic idea of how much everything will cost.
7. Drywall Calculator – iOS ($1)
This is another app for those DIYers who are undergoing significant renovations and/or building a new home. Trying to figure out the appropriate amount of drywall necessary for a room is a headache most would rather avoid. While not as sexy as some of the other Home Repair apps, it’s very practical and exceptionally useful for those doing major home repair work.
DIY Home Repair App Builders
We build apps that let you build your home and your life. Even if you’re looking for an app like Handy, we can help. These Uber-style apps provided on the demand service for customers while helping providers grow their client base. All you have to do is provide the space for clients and providers to communicate.
We’ve done it before, and we’ll do it again. We are app builders. We know how to make a successful app that gets downloads, improves revenue, and grows a business. If you would like to see some of our work, stop by our portfolio page. Then contact us via email or call us at 408.802.2885 / 408.621.8481.