Tuesday, November 12, 2019 / by Ashley Lay
Top 10 Apps for New Homeowners
Congrats! Your a new homeowner! Whether it's your first house or your 3rd new-to-you house, these helpful and dare we say… fun apps will help you get the most of your big purchase! All of these apps were respectfully rated in the App Store and have some glowing reviews. We are confident that you’ll be downloading a few of these.
For the Techy
Sonos Controller - Who doesn’t love a good jam session to celebrate your new place?! With the Sonos Controller you can control different songs in different rooms! The app controls each Sonos speaker in your house giving each room a different vibe.
Alexa… Hey Siri… Hey Google - This is for the person who’s best friend is a voice activated machine. Whether you’re hollering Alexa, Siri, or Hey Google, any of these brands make great Smart Home devices. Apple is more connected with other apple devices and reliably works well. Amazon’s Alexa easily beats out the other two with the amount of commands that it can process and receive. It also practically runs to the store for you. Google has the most accurate knowledge base while working well with a bunch of trusted smart home device not in the Google family. Whether it's just a small voice-activated speaker or a whole screen that showcases your entire day these three Smart Home devices are sure to please.
iRobot Home - SURPRISE! You have guests coming over to stay for two days while they pass through town on their way to a vacation destination. Your schedule is jammed packed from waiting in line to pick up the kids at school, to finishing up your own chores after the kids are in bed. You don’t have time to vacuum the floors! But you do. Pick up your phone, launch your iRobot app and while your away working and the kids are at school let your robot vacuum for you. It’s really the Jetson’s, without the flying cars. Some of the newer models even come with their own wall vac included! Isn’t the 21st century grand?!
For the Protective
Nextdoor - So you moved to a new neighborhood. You don’t really know anyone except the neighbor who brought you the 35 year old community fruit cake, but now the boxes are empty and you need a night out: without the kids. Call a babysitter! Or find a qualified one in your neighborhood through Nextdoor. Nextdoor is a social media app for your neighborhood. You can spread the word about crime and safety, receive recommendations from neighbors for housing projects, and or even sell some of the things that don’t fit in your new place. So get out there and call your neighbors by their real names and enjoy community the way it was meant to be.
SimpliSafe - Simple home security. Or you’re at the airport waiting on that one package to arrive; login and check your home security system on your phone! Receive instant notifications and minute by minute updates in the app about movement in and around your new home! Have a SimpliSafe camera? Capture moments of live video on your phone. Safety and security don’t have to come through some third party person sitting behind a customer service desk. You can have the power of your home security in your hands.
ADT Pulse - The leading name in home security also boasts its own highly rated mobile app. Arm and disarm your system wherever you may be. Control your lights, garage door, and sensors from your device while keeping your family secure. Have a camera set up? You can see each camera and view video based on certain criteria such as: movements, activity, or clips. This is more than just your mobile home security, it's your complete smart home hub with the added benefits of ADT’s security!
For the Creative
Wayfair - Welcome home! Maybe your walls are freshly painted, but you took this time to let go of your old furniture and decor. It’s time for you to step up your design game, but how in the world will you know for sure that what looks good in the store displays will fit the look you want in your home? Hello, Wayfair. A host of colors, products, and designer options with AR (augmented reality) features. You can literally visualize your new area rug before you purchase! Step into the world of AR and create a dreamy space everyone will talk about.
Houzz - Your new house is perfect, with some updates… Enter Houzz. Combine Pinterest-like design ideas with recommendations for qualified workers to help make your renovations come true! Have an empty room you don’t know how to transform, Houzz has you covered as well. AR friendly features allow you to explore multiple options from pictures, furniture, to finding the perfect layout for everything. If you want to make your home look like all the pictures in the magazines, Houzz is a great app.
iScape - iScape has been featured on multiple television platforms and is a “must-have” for DIY landscapers. Create your ideal living space from your phone! Take a picture of your yard, add in plants, patios, and fireplaces. Then you can just rearrange to make it perfect for your wants! Create the perfect walkway, the most private natural barrier, or just add a beautiful garden to make you smile. iScape is the way to go to make all your dreams become visual. Then it’s up to you to make them come to life!
For the Organized
Centriq - Centriq is probably the most robust app on this list. You’ve moved in but you can’t find any of the paperwork for your new appliances… and the ice machine is jammed. You could: spend a chunk of time figuring how to google stainless-steel-fridge-ice-machine-jam or you could download Centriq take a picture of the factory sticker and have it directly find and store the manual directly to your phone! Included in the app are how-to videos and parts lists on each item you enter. Centriq is your big-ticket-item inventory, all in one app! Organization could not be easier or more helpful! Oh, need to remind yourself to change and purchase new filters for the fridge or HVAC? Centriq has you covered there as well.
You can download any of these apps in the App Store.
Note: this list was created from apps that work with iOS devices. Some apps on this list may not be available on Google Play for Android devices. Search and check.