With our new house, JR and I looking to make our home smart wherever possible. We have installed Nest thermostats and smart locks, and are now looking at connected light switches. And of course along the way we are using all kinds of tools to help us (me) with the design. In addition to those listed in this post from the PrimeLending blog, I recommend Houzz, AllModern, and ColorSnap. Have fun!

It would be impossible to provide a comprehensive list of all the available apps and other helpful ways you could use your smart phone to make life better and easier around the home. Instead, here’s a quick, short list of apps you could start using right away.

DIY and Home Improvement


Detailed, step-by-step instructions and how-to videos on how to tackle almost any DIY home improvement project. Includes live video chat with professional advisors. Cover electrical, exterior, lawn/garden, paint, plumbing, walls/floors, and windows/doors.
Available on iPhone and Android

Color 911

This award-winning creative tool is not just a favorite for design professionals. It also helps homeowners change the way they decorate their own living spaces. It provides inspiration to explore and create your own color combinations that will personalize your home like no others.
Available on iPhone

Photo Measures

Moving? Remodeling? Making home repairs? Buying new furniture or appliances? Easily save and share measurements and dimensions on  your photos of your living space to make a custom “blueprint.” You can save exact measurements of your home’s area and layout. It’ll help you make sure everything you buy fits the space where it’s going.
Available on iPhone and Android


Upload a photo of any room in your house then use this app to create renderings of different furniture, light fixtures, rugs, paintings, mirrors and more. Find answers to product and design questions or help with bigger projects.
Available on iPhone and Android

Around the House


Get access to thousands of how-to guides ranging from tech and life-hacks, quick repairs, DIY projects, recipes and more. There are illustrations and videos, you can browse and search categories, bookmark your favorites and more.
Available on iPhone and Android

About My Home

This photo, inventory and preferences, and event organizer app can help you keep track of everything around your home. Highly customizable, you create reminders for changing air filters and testing smoke alarms. You can also document all your belongings and so much more.
Available on iPhone

AtHome Camera

Keep an eye on your home with a live camera feed. Use it as a baby monitor to watch your property while you’re away, keep tabs on your pets and more. It works by turning your smart phone, TV/Set-top box, IP camera or tablet into a smart camera.
Available on iPhone and Android

Whistle GPS Pet Tracker

Combines an on-collar GPS tracking device with a simple mobile app that lets you track and locate your pet. Also delivers an alert whenever your pet leaves the area so you can begin tracking them on the Whistle map.
Available on iPhone and Android

In the Yard

Garden Compass

Looking for the name of a plant or flower? Need help keeping your plants alive? This app offers plant and pest identification, expert advice, a huge plant library, and you can chat with other gardeners to get their personal advice.
Available on iPhone and Android


From improving your curb appeal to designing a flower bed, this app makes it easy to plan out what to buy and how to put it all together. It lets you overlay virtual flowerbeds, trees and shrubs on top of photos of your home before you spend time or money.
Available on iPhone and Android

Vegetable Tree

Just for those who want to grow vegetables, this app teaches you all the steps from the basics of sowing, to growing and harvesting. It includes information on seed depth, germination, soil temperatures, indoor and outdoor requirements and more.
Available on iPhone

Speaking of making things simple, if you are getting ready to buy a new home, we can help. Or maybe you’re making plans to do even more with the house you have after refinancing. Contact a PrimeLending home loan expert who can guide you through the home financing process with ease.

 From the PrimeLending blog by Michael Nevin.