Thinking of renovating your home? Want to make some upgrades or replace some outdated elements?
You’re not alone. Remodeling is on the rise, and whether it’s due to home prices increasing or the popularity of TV shows like “Fixer Upper,” one thing’s for certain: some of the best real estate apps are out there to help.
Technology has made remodeling easier than ever, with dozens of apps, platforms, and tools available for planning, designing, and executing your projects. There are even apps to connect you with pros and contractors who can assist in the work.
Ready to get started on your projects?
Some of the best real estate apps for remodeling and renovating that we’ve seen to date
For visualizing your project: Home Design 3D
This app lets you plan out your home room-by-room in both 2D and 3D versions. You can even add in furniture and decor to see how it all plays out. The app is free for both iOS and Android users, though the 3D features require a paid upgrade.
For laying it all out: Room Planner LE Home Design
Room Planner helps you create accurate models of each room and space in your home. It can even measure rooms precisely within about an eighth of an inch using Bluetooth technology. You can also use it to swap out materials and colors, and see how it all flows from room to room. This one’s free on both Android and iOS.
For stepping inside your new home: Roomle
This tool offers you augmented reality views and 3D walkthroughs of what your newly renovated home will look like. Swap out furniture, decor, and other items to see what fits your aesthetic best. Roomle is free on iOS and Android.
For taking measurements: Photo Measures
Forget toting a Post-It note full of measurements to the hardware store. This cool app lets you draw dimensions directly on photos of your space, so you always know exactly what you’re looking for. The app costs $4.99 on Android and $6.99 on iOS devices.
For creating floor plans: Roomscan Pro
This neat little tool lets you create full floor plans just by scanning the floor with your phone’s camera. It’s only available on iOS, but it make tedious measuring and planning infinitely easier.
For outdoor renovations: Home Design 3D Outdoor and Garden
Planning on updating your landscaping, garden, or yard? This app can help. Build outdoor entertaining areas, decks, pergolas, tables, and more, and get a 3D view of what your project will look like. This app is free on Android and iOS devices.
For tips and tricks: Family Handyman DIY Tip Genius
New to DIYing? This app can help guide you along. With tips on everything from painting and carpentry to pest control, woodworking, and installing lighting, this will be your go-to resource once the work begins. It’s free on both iOS and Android.
For DIY work: Handyman
This free iOS and Android app is a tool and resource all in one. It has a built-in leveler tool, a metal detector, a compass, and a magnifying glass, and there are DIY tips to help point you in the right direction. Think of it like your own digital toolbox.
For finding a pro: Thumbtack
You’ll likely need to call in a professional or contractor at some point in your renovations — especially if you’re taking on a larger project. Thumbtack can help you find the exact contractor you need, when you need it. There are even reviews and ratings from real-life customers on the app, so you always know you’re getting the best service. Thumbtack is free on iOS and Android.
For help cleaning up: TaskRabbit
Once your DIY is done, you’ll likely need some help cleaning up the mess. TaskRabbit is one of the best real estate apps that can connect you with cleaners and various service providers in your area. You can even ask them to run to the grocery store and pick up some much needed fuel! Free on both Android and iOS devices.
For painting projects: Tap Painter
Want an easy way to visualize new paint colors without doing dozens of test patches? This free app is your answer. Just take a picture, and switch out wall colors with dozens of hues from major brands like Behr, Sherwin Williams and more. This one’s only on iOS (but it’s free).
For shopping for products: Curate
The app, created by Sotheby’s International Realty, lets you see various styles of art, furniture, and decor in an augmented reality setting. You can then shop those items and have them sent right to your door.
For inspiration: Houzz Interior Design Ideas
Stumped for ideas? Use this app for inspiration. Browse more than 16 million photos of expertly designed interiors and even try out design ideas virtually in your own rooms. The app is free on both iOS and Android devices.
You’ll Need More Than the Best Real Estate Apps
Even the best real estate apps can’t help you pay for those renovations, but don’t fret. Contact an Embrace home loan officer, and we’ll walk you through your options. Whether it be a refinance or a renovation loan, we’ll point you in the right direction to meet your goals.