Top Four Mobile Apps for DIY Home Improvement

Written by  //  October 16, 2012  //  Other Home Issues  //  1 Comment

Though the iPhone has yet to come out with an app that can repaint your living room or refinish your kitchen cabinets, home improvement projects have never been easier with the apps below.



When it comes to the process of renovating, decorating or buying a new home, most of us are disorganized at best. You could literally spend days sifting through countless shelter magazines, blogs and design books. Fortunately, we now have Houzz.  Christened the “Wikipedia of interior and exterior design” by CNN, Houzz is chalk full of dreamy inspirations from interior designers around the world.

More of an idea spinner than an actual DIY guide, Houzz contains a massive gallery of over 700,000 high resolution photos and is easily one of the largest resources for house porn on the planet.  Houzz also makes it easy for users to keep track of their favorites using “Ideabooks.”
In addition to its constant stream of gorgeous photos, Houzz also helps users find local contractors, designers and architects.

*This five-star app is completely free and available iPhone and iPad only.*



Home Depot

Sometimes your local Home Depot can be a little daunting. Fortunately, Home Depot is one of the few retailors to come out with a mobile app that truly enhances the shopping experience.

In addition to countless DIY tutorial videos, this app allows users to easily browse Home Depot’s 300,000+ inventory items. Once you’ve found the item you’re looking for, you can either purchase it directly, or select the store nearest you to see if it’s in stock. You can even pre-authorize someone else (like a contractor) to pick up the item for you and avoid reimbursement fees.

This app also has some nice in-store features. If you’re undecided about a particular item, all you have to do is snap a picture of the QR or UPC code to view additional product information and customer reviews. If you can’t find the item you’re looking for, the in-store map feature will help you quickly locate the correct aisle.

*This four-star app is completely free and available on iPhone and Android.*


Handy Man DIY

If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed with the planning and organization aspect of a home improvement project, then you need Handy Man DIY. An excellent choice for beginning and experienced DYI-ers, this easy-to-use app practically renovates for you (well not quite).

With countless step-by-step tutorials and how-to videos – along with pre-filled shopping lists of necessary materials – it’ll certainly support you along the way.

You’ll also never have to write down or calculate another measurement again. Simply enter in measurements and Handy MAN DIY will do the math for you and store if for a later date. If you’re on a budget, this app can also be used to estimate the total cost of your project based on the necessary materials.

*This three-and-a-half-star app is can be purchased for $1.99 and is available on iPhone and Android.*


iHandy Carpenter

Get rid of some dead weight in your toolbox with the help of the iHandy Carpenter mobile app. This incredibly versatile app comes loaded with five (yes, five!) different professional measuring tools.

iHandy can act as steel protractor for measuring angles, a steel ruler that supports both inches and centimeters, a surface level for flat surfaces, a plumb bob to verify vertical alignments, and a bubble level bar for determining slopes. Another added bonus is that once properly calibrated, the surface level, plumb bob and level bar can collaborate and be used as an inclinometer or clinometer.

DIY projects at home and at work will be a breeze with one of the lightest, prettiest carpenter tool kits on the planet.

*This four-and-a-half-star app is can be purchased for $1.99 and is available on iPhone and Android.*


This is a guest post by Briana Davis on behalf of Dessert Companies, a leading Kansas City Roofer. She writes tips, tutorials, and more on the Dessert Companies Blog.

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One Comment on "Top Four Mobile Apps for DIY Home Improvement"

  1. Hunter November 2, 2012 at 12:53 am ·

    Thanks for posting these apps; I have a few projects around the house, both big and small, and I can use all the help I can get. IHandy and Houzz look like great apps, and I will have to try them out. One of my DISH coworkers has been helping me remodel my deck, and he suggested that I try out the DISH Remote Access app. It streams live TV and DVR recordings to my phone. I have been recording a ton of shows from the DIY Network so that I can replay them as and where needed.

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