There’s an iPhone or smart phone application (app) for pretty much everything. So, it’s not surprising that there’s some pretty good tools to assist with your home improvement, and like most apps they’re very cheap.
Thanks to Mashable, we feature five that could help you be informed, stay on track and keep motivated.
1) REAL TOOLS
With 18 “tools” the most practical are the ruler, the spirit level, the torch/flashlight, an assortment of digital angle gauges, a virtual tape measure and a plumb bob.
The app looks and feels good. Furthermore, all the tools listed above work seamlessly.
2) SOFTWARE ESTIMATION
KAD’s Software Estimation Apps is great if you’re not the world’s greatest mathematician and require accurate estimates for your DIY.
KAD’s apps cover many areas of home improvement and can help you calculate, for example, how many rolls of wallpaper you need, how many cans of paint you’ll require, or even how much lumber, acoustic ceiling, sheathing, asphalt etc will be required.
Sherwin Williams’ Colorsnap allows you to instantly match a color you’ve “snapped”, ie. taken a photo of, with the closest color in the Sherwin Williams paint range.
Additionally you can also take the selected color and create a custom palette either based on your own choices, or from auto-generated suggestions.
Obviously the color matches on your iPhone will greatly depend on the quality of the light of the image, and the paint may not be exactly the same as you’ve been seeing on your phone’s display. But it’s a free, high-tech alternative to endless sample strips, and what’s more this app is free.
4) TASK THIS
Another free app, Task This is a project management app that keeps you on track with numerous to-do lists.
The app’s “projects,” shopping” and “reminders” functionality are great for DIY projects: “shopping” allows you to create lists of items associated to your projects, or standalone lists as well. “Projects” can be created with time parameters, status indicators and priority settings, and “reminders” can appear in the app’s calendar to alert you at key points.
5) GARDENING TOOLKIT
Obviously, having a garden is a prerequisite for this app to be of use to you, but given that gardening is a form of home improvement, we thought it should be included.
The toolkit give you detailed information and tips on planting and taking care for in excess of 800 varieties of herbs, flowers and vegetables, including details on climate and geography
There’s also timely alerts to help you on the path of being a green-fingered professional.