As a new homeowner, it can be confusing navigating the world of homeownership for the first time. Fortunately, technology is more capable than ever of assisting you in your journey as you embark on this new chapter in your life. Surprisingly, your phone can be the perfect tool for sorting out everything from who pays which bill to what color you should paint your new kitchen. Check out these helpful smartphone apps for homeowners, and take full advantage of all of the help technology can provide as you adjust to the transition.
#1 Houzz Interior Design Ideas – Houzz is an app available on the iPhone that sets out to help homeowners feel inspired when it comes to decorating their new places. CNN called the app “the Wikipedia of interior design” and upon opening for the first time, you’ll quickly see why! The app allows you to browse thousands of interior design ideas by room, style or location, and you can easily save your favorites to a virtual idea book to browse at your leisure. Whether you’re unsure of what color to paint your accent wall or how to incorporate your favorite DIY projects into your home décor, you’ll find plenty of inspiration and ideas with Houzz.
#2 HomeAdvisor Mobile – Available on both the iPhone and Android devices, HomeAdvisor Mobile makes it easy to figure out who to call to fix your sink or renovate your patio. The app contains a directory of over 85,000 prescreened service professionals to ensure that any company you work with is reputable. You can browse for professionals in over 500 home project types, so no matter what you’re trying to tackle, you’ll find the right person to get the job done.
#3 Divyit – Are you struggling to figure out who pays the electrical or how to split up your mortgage payments? Divyit takes the guess work out of splitting your bills by allowing you to input your monthly expenses and it calculates how much everyone needs to pay. It includes filters for common payments associated with home ownership, including mortgage, Internet, gas, water and supplies.
#4 HomeSavvy – One of the hardest parts of being a new homeowner is adjusting to keeping on top of your home maintenance. When you were a renter, you simply had to call a maintenance team in to fix anything that broke at no extra cost to you, but as a homeowner, it’s your job to ensure everything in your home stays in top order. HomeSavvy makes it easy to remind yourself when various features of your new home are in need of routine maintenance. After all, your home is your largest investment, why not protect it?
#5 Mint – Mint is a popular budgeting app on the iPhone market, and it’s one of the best for keeping on top of your finances, which can be hard for new home owners. With Mint, you can easily set budgets for all aspects of your finances, from your mortgage payment to your clothing allowance. Simply link the application to your bank account or debit card and it will keep track of what you’re spending – and what you’re spending it on, automatically. It’s useful for identifying areas you could cut back on – as well as areas you can afford to splurge on a bit more.