Here is a roundup of Apps for easier living in the new year-from home management systems, to home décor to inspiration. If you are considering home renovation or have recently completed a job here are some ideas for how to make your home function efficiently or to begin filling your newly remodeled spaces.
Home Management Apps
With everyone’s “on the go” lifestyle it is nice to have the convenience of managing your home from on the go. Here are some solutions to help.
Honeywell Bluetooth-Enabled Thermostat
Thermostats have come a long way and after the Nest craze, and some new options have cropped up. One we like is the Honeywell thermostat which enables you to quickly reset your heating or cooling schedule throughout the year. Just as important, you can reduce the temperature when you head out to ski country, and turn the heat up before you get home from vacation late at night. The important thing to consider is your tech level. Ray used the Honeywell RTH8580WF for ease of programming as he is less tech savvy, and left the app install to his wife who manages the temperature. There are major rebates for certain programmable thermostats at Mass Save that can actually pay for the new thermostat.
Practical home automation providing solutions for air, water, energy, access and video sensors. Building36 is a one stop shop for managing your home’s functions from the palm of your hand. We have used their thermostat and love the ease of use for managing temperatures in the home. This app can also help while you are traveling to turn lights on and off for a dog walker or just to give the appearance of being home.
Home Alarm Systems
Everyone from your local companies like Brinks and ADT offer apps to manage your home security. For those who don’t mind a little DYI and want to control the type of security system that works for them. There are two companies we have tried, SimpliSafe and Front Point, both with pretty good results. They both tout “no drilling, no wiring, and no tools”. Some benefits include a dashboard on your phone to know when people come and go. These systems work with WIFI and a digital phone network with battery backup so a power outage won’t leave you unsecure. While a keypad is still helpful and available for the family at your points of entry, you also have the ability to modify the system while away to allow access.
Home Décor Apps
Starting renovation or filling or furnishing rooms when the renovation is complete can feel overwhelming. These apps can help you try something on for size to see how your vision may play out before hitting the “purchase now” button!
Upload a photo of your room (or use one of their custom templates), then start designing by swapping different items in or out. You can even buy the products you use straight off the app, so it’s a one-stop shop. Download for free on iOS or Android
If you see a color you love, snap a photo and the app will you give suggested paint options to match it. It’s got more than 3,000 paint colors, so you’re guaranteed to have options you’ll love. Download for free on iOS or Android
Empty Walls? Choosing art isn’t as easy as it seems, and scrolling through thousands of options online can be borderline anxiety-attack inducing. That’s where this app comes in — it has a “try-on wall” that’ll help you decide on the best arrangement for your space — before you start putting holes in the walls. Download for free on iOS
Home Renovation Inspiration Apps
It still reigns as one of the top apps for home inspiration for interiors and exteriors. CNN dubbed this the Wikipedia of interior design, so it needs to be at the top of your home decor app arsenal. It’s got 16 million+ high-res images of interiors (and exteriors!), you can share the photos or annotate them, shop from over 10 million products, read reviews, save from featured sales, and even use the View in My Room 3D feature to see what products would look like in your space. Download for free on iOS or Android
Where else would you turn to be inspired? When you don’t know where to start, start with Pinterest. Download for free on iOS or Android