Whether you're remodeling your kitchen or just fixing a leaky tap, keeping up with your house's basic maintenance is an essential part of home ownership. And with these helpful mobile apps in your tool-belt, you'll be able to tackle virtually any project without having to get your contractor's license.
You never know where you'll find the perfect colour for your living room. But when the moment of inspiration strikes be sure you're ready for it. The free Dulux app (iOS, Android) can help by analysing that perfect colour, wherever you find it, and allow you to order paint testers from within the app.
All you have to do is take a picture of the colour you like, tap on the hue you like best, and the system will return its closest result. It'll also give you some recommended colour schemes, if you want to complement your chosen hue.
"Measure twice, cut once" is one of carpentry's most fundamental rules, up there with "no horsing around near the band saws." The same holds true for home improvement in general. Before you can start in on a project—whether re-tiling a bathroom, laying down new hardwood floors, or even painting a hallway—you've got to know exactly what the scope of the project is and how much materials you'll need.
The Handyman Calculator (Android) can assist you with the more complex math—from figuring square footage and stud spacing to unit conversion to asphalt volume, tile, paint, carpet, and linoleum coverage calculators, this app takes care of all of the heavy mental lifting. You just need to provide the correct measurements.
The iOS faithful should check out Home Improvement Calcs from Double Dog Studios (£1.49, iTunes) for similar functionality to the The Handyman Calculator, including more than 74,000 preset functions from mulch coverage to attic insulation volumetrics. It also includes enough helpful explanatory illustrations that you'll be able to BS your way through the lumber section of B&Q with ease.
In addition to big renovation projects, a house requires regular maintenance and upkeep— especially the older it gets. To keep on top of the innumerable little duties that keep small problems from becoming big, expensive issues, check out House Maintenance Schedule (£1.28 + freemium, Android). This calendar app helps schedule and remind you of upcoming maintenance projects, from flushing the water heater and inspecting fire extinguishers to changing HVAC filters and cleaning downspouts.
And if you find yourself stumped by a project, there are plenty of resources on the Internet to help you along. The Family Handyman DIY Tip Genius (free, iOS) by Readers Digest is designed for both the iPhone and iPad and is packed with more than 300 ideas and tips to keep you from bungling the job. For more ideas and tips be sure to also check out the regularly scheduled podcasts from Handy Guys and Money Pit Home Improvement. Now get out there and make Tim Taylor proud.
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